Sep 11, 2015 2:06 PM
NH Fish & Game proposing to increase hunting, fishing license fees
CONCORD — The N.H. Fish and Game Department is proposing to increase hunting and fishing license fees for 2016 but will hold some public hearings on the proposal first.
The increases are necessary to fill a $1.2 million hole in the department's budget for this biennium, accoridng to Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau.
“The legislature is counting on this new revenue to keep the department from having to reduce services for sportsmen and women,” he said. “The question we’re seeking input on is not whether to raise prices, but which prices should increase and by how much.”
The basic proposal would increase regular hunting and fishing license fees by $10. Resident freshwater fishing licenses would rise from $33 to $43; hunting licenses $21 to $31; and combination hunting/fishing licenses $44 to $54. Annual license fees for non-residents would also increase by $10. One, three and seven-day fishing permit fees would not change.
Public hearings on the proposed fee increases will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the following locations:
Sept. 24 — Fish and Game Region 1 Office, 629B Main Street, Lancaster;
Sept. 28 — Keene High School, 43 Arch Street, Keene;
Sept. 29 — Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth;
Sept. 30 — N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord.
Normandeau noted that costs have gone up over the past 12 years, but license prices have not. Basic hunting and freshwater fishing license fees have not increased since 2003.