Madison, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin residents and tourists will have to pay more to hunt and fish, pitch tents, and stroll along shorelines in the next two years if the state DNR has its way.

The budget proposal the state Natural Resources Board approved
last week calls for $21.2 million in fee increases over the next
two-year state budget. Most would come from a range of hunting and
fishing license fee increases, but almost $3 million would come
from increasing state park admission and camping fees.

DNR budget director Joe Polasek defended the increases. He said
the agency’s parks account faces a $3 million deficit brought on
because park and camping fees haven’t covered the rising costs of
maintaining the state’s parks. The resident fishing license fee
would increase from $17 to $20 under the proposal, and a resident
deer hunting license would increase from $20 to $32. The price of
turkey, waterfowl, and pheasant stamps also would increase.

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