PRINEVILLE, OR -- Hunting and fishing license fees will go up January first. Michelle Dennehy, with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the increases were already approved by the State Legislature. "Typically, we raise our fees probably once every six years, just to keep in line as the cost of doing business goes up." She tells KBND News, "Instead of raising fees all at once, we’re taking a staggered approach with more modest increases every two years."
When the Fish and Wildlife Commission met in Prineville on Friday, they voted to formally approve increases for recreational and other licenses, "The cost of an annual hunting license would increase by $1.50 to $33.50. And the cost of an annual fishing license for residence would go up by $3 to $41." However, Dennehy says the agency is trying to hold down costs for families. Kids’ fees aren’t changing, "Including a combination license – it’s a fishing, hunting and shellfish license. It’s just $10; that cost isn’t going up. The cost of our juvenile sports pack, which lets them hunt and fish for just about everything in Oregon for an entire year; it’s still going to be $55."
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