Fish, hunt, save lives: MN first to offer organ donor option on fishing license

Minnesota’s fishing season is about to start, and those renewing their license online will have a chance to save lives through a new, first-of-its-kind program.

Minnesota is the first state to allow would-be anglers to register as organ, eye and tissue donors as they sign up for a fishing permit.

Organ donation through the Department of Natural Resources license registration website went live March 1, and already 4,300 people have checked the donor box. It’s only available online, not in stores, and works the same as the organ donation option on a driver’s license.

“I think it’s a good idea. I definitely support being an organ donor, it’s important. The more times people see that and think about it, it brings awareness to it,” said Jack Gossen, 19, of Plymouth, who was fishing the Red River with a friend this week at Fargo’s Dike East Park. “But it seems odd to have it with fishing and hunting.”

It’s a strategic move, though. Sixty-three percent of Minnesotans are registered donors, above the national rate of 50 percent. Continue reading

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