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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources proposes hunting and fishing license fee increase to keep up with inflation

Jul 12, 2022, 2:15 PM
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A person fly-fishing is pictured. (Photo credit: Morgan Jacobsen/Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.)
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources announced Tuesday that it was considering an increase in hunting and fishing license and permit fees because of inflation. The DWR asked for public feedback on the proposed increase.

Assistant Public Information Officer for the DWR Darby Doyle said that 92% of the agency’s budget is actually funded by hunting and fishing permits.

“We rely on Utah’s hunters and anglers to support all of the conservation efforts that we do all year round. Every little bit helps and goes a long way,” Doyle said.

And now, the DWR said, it is looking at a 10% fee increase in order to keep up with inflation.

“What we’re looking at is about a $5 million, basically, a dip that’s happening because of the increase in inflation versus what would naturally happen from the sales of hunting and fishing licenses and permits,” Doyle said.

The DWR said there hasn’t been a general increase in a decade.

The increase would cause a $6 bump for year-long fishing licenses and general-season deer and elk permits.

“We have a lot of folks in Utah who have been hunting and fishing their entire lives here… They want to be able to take their grandkids out and experience the outdoors the way they did.” Doyle said, adding “In order for that to happen… with the challenges that we have, we do need to consider upping our fees a little bit here to make up those shortfalls,” Doyle said.

If the proposal is accepted, the increase will effective on July 1, 2023.

The DWR is now taking public comments on the increase at their Regional Advisory Council meetings and online throughout July and August. A video by the DWR explaining the proposed increase can be found here.

Related: Remaining deer, elk permits can be purchased in July

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