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MI May See First Hunting, Fishing License Fee Hike Since '97

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February 07, 2013

MI May See First Hunting, Fishing License Fee Hike Since '97

By Chad Love

The governor of Michigan has announced a plan to raise that state's hunting and fishing license fees for the first time since 1997 in an effort to hire more conservation officers and improve wildlife habitat.

From this story in thehttp://www.freep.com/article/20130207/NEWS15/130207030/Gov-Snyder-calls-... " target="_blank"> Detroit Free Press:
Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2013-14 budget proposes double-digit hikes to Michigan’s hunting and fishing license fees as part of a plan to hire more conservation officers and improve the state’s habitat for fish and game. If approved by the Legislature, the license fee increases would be the first since 1997, according to Department of Natural Resources officials. Keith Creagh, the DNR director, said the state’s natural resources, including parks, and lakes and trails, are so important to Michigan’s tourism industry that he sees the investments proposed in today’s budget as key to the state’s long-term recovery from the recent decade-long recession. “Michigan doesn’t need to take a back seat to anybody on world-class resources,” Creagh said Wednesday.

According to the story, Snyder's proposed budget increases would introduce a base small game hunting license fee of $10 for residents, $150 for non-residents, while the cost of a deer tag would increase by $5. In addition, some fishing license fees would rise, while others would actually decrease.

Thoughts? Has your state increased license fees lately? As most wildlife agencies are to some degree self-funded, do you generally approve of license increases if you can eventually see tangible benefits from it?

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from The White Slug wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Better than NY, where the monies go into the general fund. Out of state licenses are so expensive here they keep people away. And then there is the infamous doe lottery fee of $10 which you pay win or LOSE.

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from belmer wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Non-res $150 up from $69 for small game? That's higher than California.

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from dneaster3 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

$150 is a pretty big jump for squirrels, rabbits, and ducks... but, still, can you name anything else in life that has NOT gone up in price since 1997?

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from ejunk wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

resident hunting licenses here in WV are a ridiculous bargain, especially considering that landowners don't have to buy them. I don't know if they've gone up since 1997, but I've long felt that the DNR is shortchanging themselves. it's all politics, though.

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from nehunter92 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

$150 for a nonresident small game license? That’s more than a non-res hunting fishing COMBO license is in NH, and that comes with the deer tag! I can see wanting to raise the fees a little bit to at least keep up with inflation, but $150 is heading into rip-off territory. Considering the amount their paying, do non-residents have the same privileges as the residents do? In NH you pay quite a bit, but you get the same season and bag limit as a resident, plus access to most of the youth hunts.

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from The White Slug wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Better than NY, where the monies go into the general fund. Out of state licenses are so expensive here they keep people away. And then there is the infamous doe lottery fee of $10 which you pay win or LOSE.

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from belmer wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Non-res $150 up from $69 for small game? That's higher than California.

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from dneaster3 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

$150 is a pretty big jump for squirrels, rabbits, and ducks... but, still, can you name anything else in life that has NOT gone up in price since 1997?

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from ejunk wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

resident hunting licenses here in WV are a ridiculous bargain, especially considering that landowners don't have to buy them. I don't know if they've gone up since 1997, but I've long felt that the DNR is shortchanging themselves. it's all politics, though.

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from nehunter92 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

$150 for a nonresident small game license? That’s more than a non-res hunting fishing COMBO license is in NH, and that comes with the deer tag! I can see wanting to raise the fees a little bit to at least keep up with inflation, but $150 is heading into rip-off territory. Considering the amount their paying, do non-residents have the same privileges as the residents do? In NH you pay quite a bit, but you get the same season and bag limit as a resident, plus access to most of the youth hunts.

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