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Delaware Council Votes “No” to Increase Hunting Fees

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A decision to raise the fee for hunting and trapping in Delaware has been scrapped after the Advisory Council on Wildlife decided against it.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife made a proposal to raise the cost of trapping and hunting licenses, but the proposal was rejected after the council voted “no” on the fee increase on Dec. 9, according to reports.

Last month, the division announced it wanted to raise the fee and held a series of open-to-the-public workshops to discuss the idea. However, with a “no” vote decided, any further applications to increase the fee won’t take place without approval from the council.

Because of a hit in funding for wildlife and hunting services, and a $430,000 shortfall this fiscal year, the Division of Fish & Wildlife proposed an increase in fees after the state missed out on an additional $1.2 million in federal money.

However, Brian Brown, owner of Smyrna Sporting Goods in Smyrna, Del., explained that knowing where the money from any added fees would go is important.

“I don’t mind spending or having an increase as long as we know the money goes in the right places,” he said.

Since 2007, the number of people applying for licenses in Delaware has dropped steadily. The number of held licenses is currently about 17,000.

Garrett Grier, vice chair of the Advisory Council on Wildlife explained that despite the small number of hunters turning up for the workshops and council meeting, the majority of those present were opposed to the hunting fee increase.

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Delaware Council Votes “No” to Increase Hunting Fees