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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-10-2014, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Delaware: DNREC Considers Hiking Hunting Fees

Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Delaware Department of National Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is scheduled to hold a meeting and potentially a vote on increasing the fees for hunting licenses. As specified on the DNREC website, <span style="font-weight: bold">their proposed hunting license fee increases are around 80% and in some cases even higher. Hunting license fees were last increased in 2007.</span> In the months preceding that increase, there was a consistently growing number of hunters in the field. After that increase, hunting license sales dropped and since 2007, according to DNREC’s presentation, hunting license holders have decreased by 3-8% per year. By increasing the fee in 2007, the number of hunters in Delaware has shrunk to its lowest point since 1972, the first year that DNREC started keeping its records. Due to the low numbers of hunters, DNREC is attempting to recoup their losses by again raising the fees on hunting, which could dissuade even more hunters from being in the field.

Hunters have been and continue to be among the foremost supporters and funders of wildlife management and conservation in the United States. Pricing hunters out of the field is disastrous for wildlife populations, the economy, conservation, agency funding and America’s hunting heritage.


http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-...es-tonight.aspx

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Re: Delaware: DNREC Considers Hiking Hunting Fees

I read somewhere that raising fees in Pa would be a good thing.
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Re: Delaware: DNREC Considers Hiking Hunting Fees

PA isn't talking 80+ percent increases - nothing even close.

The last bill would have raised the license costs to $35 over 5 or 7 years. The initial increase was $4 to $25 for the general hunting licenses. Under the last bill, nearly all the tags remained the same cost.

Additionally, all youth licenses stayed the dame cost.
The adult NR license increased, but the NR youth license went to the same cost as a resident youth license.


A lot of thought went into the last bill.

The GC still needs the increase. Gas royalty and lease fee's are going to be educing rapidly. The largest influx of money was the lease money. Royalties will come over time. But as foretold, Marcellus is not the bonanza and self financing panacea some proclaimed it to be,

If any recall, I posted a detailed financial discussion that was part of the April 2014 working group meeting (GC BOC). In that, the reasons and expectations for GC finances were discussed in some detail.

They are already looking at cutting back in several areas as the leasing slows and more normal finances return.

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Re: Delaware: DNREC Considers Hiking Hunting Fees

Link to the PA GC finance discussion (with time stamp to find and view faster).


https://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbt...15#Post3340115

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Maybe Delaware should ask NY how they made out when they raised all their prices....
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Re: Delaware: DNREC Considers Hiking Hunting Fees

Last night, the Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Advisory Council for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) voted 5-4 against increasing hunting license fees in The First State. As previously reported, DNREC was attempting to recoup their losses from low hunter numbers following their previous fee increase in 2007 by hiking hunting license fees again.

Thank you to all who attended last night’s meeting and expressed opposition to this proposal that would have further damaged the state’s hunting heritage. It was your voice that made the difference!



http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-...e-increase.aspx

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