Out-of-staters could pay more to hunt in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa DNR 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.

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