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  • Avatarbeniah1066
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    Looks like Iowa is considering hiking up fees for hunting/fur/fishing quite a bit.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/28/state-considers-86-million-hunting-fishing-fee-increases/99724248/

    I have mixed feelings. On one hand, of course fees due to basic inflation and economic principles have to go up over time. However, I feel like the increase is a bit much. They would be up about 50% of their current price tag.

    Just putting it out there. Not sure if I am going to get up in arms for something we are lucky to be as “cheap” as it is compared to some places. However, I do like cheap as possible 🙂

    Link to the bill:

    https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HF574

    AvatarTrapCyclone
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    I don’t object to a fee increase, but a 50-56% increase across the board sounds pretty high. I was thinking more like a few dollars here and there. If you participate in each of fishing, hunting, and trapping then the 50-56% increase for a license for each of those amounts to basically a >150% increase in total cost.

    Avatarfastfreddy
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    $35 to shoot a deer?!?!? I already think it’s too high to begin with!

    Leave them alone… You will see a lot of people give up hunting and fishing because it will just be too expensive.

    FF

    IaCraigIaCraig
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    Agreed, it is some of the best money I spend, so I won’t blink an eye. 25+ years ago my dad bought a lifetime license, and after a few years he felt guilty so he’d donate $ to the DNR by buying extras he would neve use like trout stamps or furbearer licenses over the counter.

    However, I’d still like to see it broken down to how many $ the DNR takes in and where it goes. I’m Ok if my hunting/fishing $ are paying for osprey nests or raptor biology studies, but I sure as heck would like that info to respond back to the bird watchers and nature lovers when they cuss me for killing Bambi. :mrgreen: And I’d also like to just know how the money is being used to improve the resources. (will they buy land ? etc)

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    Quote by: TrapCyclone

    I don’t object to a fee increase, but a 50-56% increase across the board sounds pretty high. I was thinking more like a few dollars here and there. If you participate in each of fishing, hunting, and trapping then the 50-56% increase for a license for each of those amounts to basically a >150% increase in total cost.

    Actually a 50% increase can never be a 150% increase….

    Avatarfisher89
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    I just heard that HF 574 did not get voted out of sub committee. The committee stated they had not heard from constituents that supported HF 574 to increase fishing and hunting fees.

    The DNR needs these funds to continue to do good work in Iowa. If this doesn’t go through the outlook for next year is this; less fish stocking, less food plots, less officers in the field, and potentially staff being layed off (they are already short staffed!). The following year will be even more bleak. Hunters, fishermen, and trappers have always stepped up and been willing to pay to play and I don’t think that has changed!

    The Ways and Means sub committee has not closed the book on moving HF 574 forward but we are running out of time. Please contact your legislators and tell them you support this bill! It is much needed and way over due! $26 fishing license is what, a case of beer or two…a few Rapala crankbaits? It is a small price to pay for a year long license, as well as protecting and enhancing our resources for future generations!

    Thanks!!!

    Avatarfowl_attitude
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    Quote by: TeamAsgrow

    Quote by: TrapCyclone

    I don’t object to a fee increase, but a 50-56% increase across the board sounds pretty high. I was thinking more like a few dollars here and there. If you participate in each of fishing, hunting, and trapping then the 50-56% increase for a license for each of those amounts to basically a >150% increase in total cost.

    Actually a 50% increase can never be a 150% increase….

    LOL. Would be nice sometimes if it did work that way.

    Avatarrericsson
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    😕

    Not sure what amount of increases the state is proposing to the fisherman and hunters in our state.
    Would it be logical to look at what some of the stakeholders in surrounding states have done.

    For example:

    Wisonsin: 20.00 for annual fishing license—resident
    20.00 for permit to hunt deer

    Missouri: 12.00 for fishing in the state- all bodies of water and rivers, including Lake Table Rock
    17.00 any deer

    Minnesotta 15.00 for fishing permit
    30.00 any deer

    Nebraska 29.50 for fishing license
    30.00 deer licenser
    40.00 Combination hunting and fishing.

    IOWA: 19.00 fishing for 16 years and older
    53.00 3 year license fishing
    28.50 deer license, second tag 28.50, third tag is 12.00 dollars.

    Would be nice if our legislators could do some comparison fees to surrounding states.
    We are more expesnive than Missouri to fish and one dollar cheper than Wisconsin. Nebraska really likes there fish and they set the bar high at 29.50
    Deer license: We are more expensive that Missouri and Wisconsin. We are slightly cheaper than Nebraska. Minnesotta gets the high bar for deer license costs

    I think it is important to maintain our resources, but our legislators in there wisdom should make logical, meaningful and intelligent decisions taking into account who they are working to represent and not just make knee jerk decisions without proper homework. COST certainly is a priority.

    We all want good resources, but we also do not want to be the only state in a 4 state radius with fees that are not thoughtful. I hope they take our interests and the state interest into account when deciding what they think is best. Robbie

    Avatardogdown
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    An increase would be ok if the funds where used for things that relate to the sport or habitat, but when the DNR gives grant money to some town for a main street upgrade, then it doesn’t really help the cause. The trust fund that I voted for a few years back I thought would help us move from the bottom of the list on available access ground now looks like it is going to be used for everything else. Paying someone to put something back that they tore out and still no gain in available access ground.

    Avatarspeng5
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    I’m for it if, and ONLY if, I can hunt deer with a .45-70.

    Seriously though I’m all for giving the DNR the money they say they need to better “serve us”, but let’s be honest. This is the equivalent of a “cost of living” raise. Enforcement is still going to be a joke, CWD is still going to mess us up at some point, Iowa will still be the land of nitrate water and 14″ walleyes, we still won’t have any pheasants, our kids won’t know what a quail looks like, and we will still be solidly average or below in waterfowling.

    If the IDNR needs more money, don’t tell us it’s to improve the experience of anglers and hunters and better serve the state’s natural interests because that’s not happening. You’re bleeding bad and you need to throw some black on that deep red hole you’re in. Nothing will change nor do I expect it to, but I do accept costs are not static and that it probably costs a lot more to run the IDNR now than it does at the time of last license increase. I don’t cry when a Coke costs 1.69 instead of the $.99 it did years ago, I don’t see why this should be any different.

    AvatarBung
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    I wish our state would just offer lifetime fishing and hunting licenses already

    OldbearOldbear
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    They do but you have to be over half dead before you can get it. I’ve got 150 bucks in fishing, hunting and trapping lic. but glad to have it.

    Mayor of Hickory Grove

    medicdanomedicdano
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    Can’t say I support it. Missouri has a great conservation program and is cheaper than Iowa accros the board. I agree with Speng: Its not going to change what resources are there.

    Avatarlwh723
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    Iowa: less for more.

    Avatardoubledrop
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    I do believe that the state of Missouri has a different revenue stream for their DNR. A percentage of sales tax goes to funding. Before you can compare Iowa to any of the other states on license cost it’s only fair. to see how each state funds their DNR

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