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11/22/2017 10:05:29 PM
Posted: 9/22/2004 8:00:30 AM EST

Hunting, fishing fees likely to rise
Vehicle registration might also go up
By STEVEN WALTERS and LEE BERGQUIST
swalters@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Sept. 21, 2004
Middleton - Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday that he plans to recommend higher hunting and fishing fees in his budget next year and that he will consider raising the $55 annual vehicle registration fee.

"I think you're going to see a modest increase, as we've proposed before, in hunting and fishing fees," Doyle told reporters after speaking to a conference of state road builders and contractors who are lobbying for more construction tax dollars.

He did not say what exact increases he will recommend. But some hunting and fishing fees "haven't been raised in quite a number of years and are clearly (going toward) habitat protection," Doyle said.

The $20 annual gun and archery licenses to hunt deer have not changed since 1997, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. But two fishing licenses were raised this year - the annual resident fee went from $14 to $17, and the husband/wife license went from $24 to $29.

In 2003, Doyle expected the number of gun and archery hunting licenses would drop dramatically because of chronic wasting disease in deer, so he called for raising both those fees to $32 - increases legislators rejected. Then, he also recommended higher fishing license fees than those that finally became law.

The drop in the number of hunting licenses sold was not as bad as officials first thought, however.

Doyle has said he will not raise general state taxes to pay for the difficult 2005-'07 budget caused by an uncertain economy and health care deficits. But he drew a distinction Tuesday between income and sales taxes and individual fees charged to pay for specific services.

"The crucial thing about a fee is that it not be a disguised tax increase," Doyle said. "A fee is actually supposed to support the cost of a service."

State Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah), co-chairman of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, said Doyle's plan to raise hunting and fishing license fees could win legislative approval.

Kaufert said he was surprised at the backlash when the Legislature did not go along with increases Doyle recommended in 2003. Gradual increases in hunting and fishing fees every two years are better than much larger jumps every six or eight years, he said.

"The sportsmen of this state are a different breed," Kaufert said. "They'll pay - if they believe they are getting their dollar's worth."

Fee increases backed
The leaders of two influential sporting groups Tuesday said their organizations support an increase in those fees.

"If you want to maintain our rich natural resources, there comes a time when there has to be a fee increase," said Steve Oestreicher, chairman of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, which advises the state Department of Natural Resources.

"We hope, this time, the Legislature takes a closer look at it," Oestreicher said.

George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, agreed.

"Hunters and anglers want good hunting and fishing, and they are willing to pay for it," said Meyer, a former secretary of the DNR. The federation represents 89 hunting and fishing groups.

Unlike in early 2003, Meyer said, lawmakers may be ready to raise hunting and fishing fees.

Then, the DNR was just beginning to fight chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin's wild deer population, and it approved statewide emergency rules banning the use of bait for deer hunting. The rules also made it illegal for people to feed deer, thought to be one method of transmitting the disease.

The emergency rules angered some hunters and people who fed deer, and they complained to lawmakers, who retaliated by going after the increases in hunting fees, Meyer said. "The fee increases were used as a political tool," he said.

The restrictions on baiting and feeding have been relaxed since then.

The proposed 2005-'07 budget for the DNR does not include any increased hunting and fishing fees. That budget was scheduled to be voted on the DNR board today in Sturgeon Bay.



Not sure what it's going to mean but I hope the DNR tells him to FUCK OFF!!!
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 9:34:13 AM EST
Tax and spend...the Democrat way.

GunLvr
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 9:39:26 AM EST
That's OK. Here in MN we can't give away enough permits. We can use an influx of hunters from cheeseland.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 9:44:42 AM EST
I don't mind paying a LITTLE more for a license IF...IF that extra money goes right back into what I am supporting by buying the license for in the first place.
Not to be used for some Liberal PC feel-good program.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 10:06:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By Stoney-Point:
I don't mind paying a LITTLE more for a license IF...IF that extra money goes right back into what I am supporting by buying the license for in the first place.
Not to be used for some Liberal PC feel-good program.



Well it's going to be used for some liberal PC-feel good shit and thats for damn sure. It;s bad enough people want to take away public hunting lands when hunters/fishers pay like 90% of the costs to keep those lands operating and open.

I was talking to a guy that does a lot of work with the DNR out in the west part of the state, when dipshit proposed the "small" increases last time, he wanted to double license costs up and down the board for residents, and by 50% for non resident licenses. I don't know how accurate that info is, but when you look at the proposed increase from 20 to 32, thats only 8 short of doubling it. Go figure he wants to ban our guns(and ammo) but than he's going to turn around and try to use us as a way to fix his fucking budget problems. What an ass.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 10:42:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/22/2004 10:43:03 AM EST by chrism101]
I though Wisconsin had MAD DEER Disease "CWD", Who the fuck is going to pay extra when No One Manages the HERD. You cant even eat the shit there, because of the CWD. I Bet they see a major decline in Licenses purchased if they pass it.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 3:40:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By chrism101:
I though Wisconsin had MAD DEER Disease "CWD", Who the fuck is going to pay extra when No One Manages the HERD. You cant even eat the shit there, because of the CWD. I Bet they see a major decline in Licenses purchased if they pass it.



Southcentral(but moving west and east) part of the state is where the CWD problem is.

I'm still outside of it where I hunt.
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