Potential increase in fishing and hunting license fees

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for permission to raise the cost of hunting and fishing licenses. The current cost is $19.

The money funds the stocking of lakes, wildlife management and other conservation efforts across the state. The DNR says if they don’t raise the price, they’ll be forced to cut some of the services they offer.

Kevan Paul, who owns a bait and tackle shop in Clear Lake, says he understands the need for the fee.

“There’s thousands of acres of free water we can fish basically that’s for us, and same way with the hunting license and hunting land and stuff,” Paul said. “There’s a lot of public hunting, public fishing ponds, I mean to me it’s dirt cheap to spend $19 to fish the whole state of Iowa.”

Any change would have to be approved by the legislature. There’s no word yet on how much the cost would go up.

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