Minnesota DNR To Raise Fees?
Minnesota’s DNR and sportsmen’s groups are planning a new push to get the Legislature to raise hunting and fishing license fees in the state. The worry is that without such a raise, a key fund is headed for insolvency sooner than expected.
The Game and Fish Fund, which supports extensive outdoor programs, is due to go into the red in mid-2013. That’s about a year earlier than expected when DNR officials first proposed higher license fees a year ago.
The fees haven’t changed since 2001.
The DNR reports that revenue will be down $7.6 million from what was forecast for three reasons. The state government shutdown cost the DNR about $2.2 million in lost fishing and hunting license sales, ongoing revenue from hunting and fishing license sales is projected at $1.1 million less than before, and the state’s share of projected revenues from federal excise taxes on tackle and other items is down $4.3 million.
The DNR is proposing a long list of fee increases including raising the cost of adult fishing licenses, individual deer licenses, and nonresident licenses as well.