Idaho Fish and Game is proposing fee increases on most resident licenses, tags and fees between $1 and $6.
To make the increases easier to swallow, the state wildlife agency is also proposing a fee lock for Idahoans who consistently buy annual licenses.
Under the proposed legislation, hunters and anglers would be able to lock in the price of their hunting and fishing license for the next three to five years, the agency said in a press release.
F&G officials are hoping hunters and anglers will like the idea of a fee lock and believe it will help raise needed revenue.
Idaho resident license fees are the same today as they were in 2005. At the same time, the cost of managing Idahos wildlife has increased with higher costs of fish food, gas, and more, F&G said.
Instead of calling for a traditional fee hike, Fish and Game is proposing a two-part plan that gives hunters and anglers the choice to lock in the price of a license against a possible fee increase, or not. The agency will present two proposals to the Legislature:
- One seeks authority for the Fish and Game Commission to discount license and tag fees.
- The second seeks to raise fees on most resident licenses, tags and fees.
If both parts of the proposal become law, the Commission could create the fee lock. For Idahoans who consistently buy annual licenses, the price of a license and tags would be the same as buying them in 2013. Hunters and anglers who dont buy a license every year would pay the increased price of a license and tag fees.
The commission would review the fee lock in three to five years and decide whether it is working and whether it should continue.
Licenses and tags fund Idaho Fish and Game programs, but not all hunters and anglers consistently buy hunting and fishing licenses every year. The fee lock would reward those who buy annual licenses and hopefully encourage others to do the same, the agency said. If more people bought a license every year, Fish and Games funding would be more stable for wildlife management, and there would be less need for regular fee increases.
An informational flier on the proposals will be available at F&G regional offices and most vendors. Information is also available at the F&G's website: fishandgame.idaho.gov