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 the 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?