Out-of-staters could pay more to hunt in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is pushing a plan to raise $1 million by raising hunting and fishing licenses in the state, but only for out-of-staters.
The agency recently scrapped a proposal to up the fees that Iowans pay by 34 percent this year after Gov. Chet Culver said to hold off because of the weak economy.
Many hunting and fishing fees haven’t been raised in six years or more. Department Director Richard Leopold says that has left the state trust fund that finances habitat renewal work and fish stocking insolvent. The governor wants $4 million from the Legislature to cover the current shortfalls.
Besides higher hunting and fishing fees for out-of-staters, the agency also wants lawmakers to allow the department to issue 12,000 deer licenses to nonresident hunters. That’s double the current number.