The Council will be comprised of up to 15 members appointed as follows:
a). The Governor will appoint up to 11 public members.
i). Public members must be residents of Minnesota who are outdoor enthusiasts and who represent a wide range of Minnesota's outdoor interests including, but not limited to, hunting, fishing, conservation and recreation.
ii). Public members will include residents from geographically diverse areas of the State.
b). The Legislature may, at its discretion, appoint four legislators to serve as members of the Council:
i). The Majority Leader of the Senate may appoint two Senators, one from the minority and one from the majority caucus.
ii). The Speaker of the House of Representatives may appoint two Representatives, one from the minority and one from the majority caucus.
c). The Governor will designate a public member to serve as the chair.
d). The Governor will fill any vacancies in the positions for public members. The Majority Leader will fill vacancies for the legislative members from the Senate and the Speaker will fill vacancies of members from the House of Representatives.
e). Council members will serve a two-year term. Council members will serve on a voluntary basis and are not eligible for per-diem or payment of expenses. The Senate or House of Representatives may allow for per diem or other payment of expenses to legislative members from legislative funds.
Council members included: Chair, Michael Kilgore, Senator Gen Olson, Senator Tom Saxhaug, Representative Tom Hackbarth, Representative Aaron Peterson, LeAnn Buck, Joe Duggan, Bruce Hawkinson, Dawn Hegland, Jane Kingston, Kirk Schnitker, Carrie Mellesmoen, Lawrence Sukalski, Ron Schara, and David Zentner.