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New Michigan Fishing, Hunting Licenses Fail to Bring in Expected Dollars

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Hunting and fishing licences to be reduced after failing to bring in expected additional funding in New Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources fell short on its expected additional funding after only raising 66 percent from the new fees brought in by hunting and fishing licenses, according to reports.

In 2013, the Legislature passed a number of bills that saw an increase in hunting and fishing fees for residents and non-residents, which took effect in March 2014. From March until the end of September, 2014, $11.7 million was expected to be raised; however, since the rise in fees the DNR was only able to raise $7.8 million.

Before the new fees were brought into effect, a non-resident all-species yearly fishing license cost $42. After the new fees were put into place the cost rose to $76. Consequently, the DNR have decided to reduce the amount to $68, which will take effect on March 1.

DNR Director Keith Creagh is hoping that more people will visit Michigan to fish after the licenses have been reduced.

Discounting the non-resident annual fishing license will encourage more out-of-state visitors to come and experience Michigan’s world-class fisheries – and the many other outstanding recreational opportunities available in this state.

New Michigan Fishing, Hunting Licenses Fail to Bring in Expected Dollars