Wisconsin lawmakers vote to hike fishing, hunting fees

Wisconsin lawmakers vote to hike fishing, hunting fees
JR Ross, Associated Press
April 27, 2005 WIFEES0427

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsinites would pay more to fish and hunt deer, small game and turkey under a proposal the Legislature’s budget committee approved Tuesday.

But the Joint Finance Committee’s plan, approved 12-4, scaled back some of those fees compared to what Gov. Jim Doyle had originally proposed in his budget. Altogether, resident and non-resident sportsmen would pay an additional $13 million over the next two years to hunt and fish, compared to an additional $15.75 million under the governor’s proposal.

The plan includes increasing the resident deer hunting license to $24 — an increase of $4 over the current fee but $8 less than what the governor proposed.

Rep. Dan Meyer, R-Eagle River, said the package was a compromise between what the governor asked for and what was fair for sportsmen.

“They’re telling me and other people at this table that they don’t want the big fee increase. I think their voice counts,” said Meyer, who helped craft the proposals.

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