New bill to raise hunting and fishing fees for 2017 season.
Those hunting and fishing in Alaska have enjoyed stable prices on licenses and fees for the past two decades. That will all change with the 2017 season courtesy of House Bill 137, which was signed into law in mid-June.
Like most states, Alaska uses the much of the fees received from hunting and fishing licenses for conservation purposes. According to Kevin Brooks, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the state will use the additional funds in conjunction with therr federal dollars for purposes related “to fish and wildlife management in the state of Alaska.”
For every dollar the state ADF&G receives from these fees, the federal government has committed to match with $3 additional dollars. This increase in available dollars will help to offset growing costs and a shrinking budget for the Department of Fish and Game.
Big game tag fees are expected to stay the same for residents. Non-residents, however, could see tag fees go from $500 to as much as $1,000 for brown bear and grizzly bear.
The majority of price hikes will come in the form of smaller increases for typical licenses and tags. Those residents wishing to purchase a sport fishing license will see an extra $5 on their receipt next year, while hunting licenses will require residents to shell out an extra $20.