ST. PAUL - Efforts to increase the number of hunters and anglers in Minnesota will gain new focus with advice from a 15-member council that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is establishing to zero in on hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation.

“Getting more people out in the water, in woods and fields is a significant challenge and worthwhile goal for all Minnesotans,” said James Burnham, DNR hunter and angler recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) coordinator.

Citizens can nominate themselves through June 22 to serve on the 10 open seats of the council for two-year terms, with meetings scheduled every three months.

The council will work with and advise the DNR on R3 efforts, programs and potential partnerships that will benefit the recruitment, retention and reactivation of individuals who hunt or fish.

Applications and more information on R3 in Minnesota can be found at mndnr.gov/R3.