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Public sector/Quality of life

Where Michigan stands on hunting, fishing fees

As Bridge reported last week, Gov. Rick Snyder is taking aim at Michigan’s outdoor bargains:

“The cost of shooting a deer in Michigan would double next year, under Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2014 budget, and more conservation officers would patrol the state’s woods and waterways.

“Released Thursday, Snyder’s budget calls for $354.3 million for the Department of Natural Resources, which would allow the agency to hire 41 more conservation officers, improve more fish habitat, enhance wildlife management activities, expand some state game areas and improve trails.

“’Fundamentally, the budget is predicated on the role that natural resources play in the long-term recovery of Michigan,” DNR Director Keith Creagh said. “Our stakeholders (hunting and fishing groups) have said that we need some additional investment — in fisheries, wildlife and habitat.’”

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4 comments from Bridge readers.Add mine!

  1. Susan

    Maybe Pure Michigan should begin to focus more of its out of state marketing dollars on the sporting market. In addition to paying premium prices for licenses, these folks leave dollars in hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, etc., etc., Of course, if it weren’t for the incredible lands held in public trust for the people of Michigan by DNR, this opportunity would not exist.

  2. Matt

    A bunch of erroneous, meaningless and incomplete crap which comes from someone who neither fishes, hunts or travels enough or seriously enough to have a clue! Not to mention what it means to Michigan’s already dwindling participation rates!

  3. dale westrick

    I often thought it would be a good idea to allow for a 2 or 3 day permit for out of state hunters and fishermen. Possibility this would allow for non residents to experience what Michigan has to offer. If the price gets to high they will just stay home. Use a little imagination and explore different ideas from residents and non residents before just raising the fees. We have a rabbit hunt for 1 day a year with bow and arrows and out of state hunters participate. I am quite sure they will not continue to participate if the license cost gets to high. If nonresidents were able to purchase a one day license we could attract even more nonresidents. Everybody eats and nonresidents are no exception it is just good business to bring as many nonresidents to our state even just for one day.
    This was our 10th year for our hunt and we have taken a total of 4 rabbits and one mouse so I am sure we did not deplete the population of rabbits.

  4. Darrell Osting

    Both environmental and animal rights factions have criticized bass fishing in recent years for being both harmful to native species and cruel to the bass themselves. Most bass are no longer caught for sustenance, but simply as a sport, and largemouth bass are generally let go after the catch..’

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