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Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014

by , Posted to on 04/22/2013 2:38 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2009
Location: ND
Was not sure if this was talked about last week at all but below are the increases from the G&F website.  I support higher fees but I think they got a little carried away.  I hope they do something worth while with the increased revenues.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the cost to license a motorboat under 16 feet in length, and all canoes, will increase from $12 to $18; motorboats from 16 feet to less than 20 feet in length from $24 to $36; and motorboats at least 20 feet in length from $33 to $45.

Effective April 1, 2014:

  • resident small game hunting license will increase from $6 to $10
  • nonresident small game hunting license from $85 to $100
  • resident big game hunting license from $20 to $30 (youth big game license remains at $10)
  • nonresident big game hunting license from $200 to $250
  • nonresident big game bowhunting license from $200 to $250
  • resident furbearer license from $7 to $15
  • resident wild turkey license from $8 to $15
  • combination license from $32 to $50
  • nonresident waterfowl hunting license from $85 to $100
  • statewide nonresident waterfowl license from $125 to $150
  • nonresident furbearer and nongame license from $25 to $40
  • resident swan license from $5 to $10
  • nonresident swan license from $25 to $30
  • resident crane license from $5 to $10
  • nonresident crane license from $5 to $30
  • and a nonresident reciprocal trapping license from $250 to $350

In addition, the resident application fee for moose, elk and sheep will increase from $3 to $5, and a habitat restoration stamp required for the general game license increases from $10 to $17, with $8 (instead of $5) of each habitat stamp sold placed in the Game and Fish Department's private land habitat and access improvement fund.

Changes to fishing licenses effective April 1, 2014 include:

  • resident fishing license will increase from $10 to $16
  • resident age 65 and older or permanently disabled fishing license from $3 to $5
  • resident husband and wife fishing license from $14 to $22
  • resident paddlefish tag from $3 to $10
  • nonresident paddlefish tag from $7.50 to $25.50
  • nonresident husband and wife fishing license from $45 to $60
  • nonresident fishing license from $35 to $45
  • nonresident three-day fishing license from $15 to $25
  • and a nonresident 10-day fishing license from $25 to $35
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 6:23 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
I am fine with it! Our fee's are reasonable and we have more opportunities then most states. If a little higher fees keep it that way I am in agreement. Really doesn't matter it has already passed.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 7:54 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/09/2009
Location: ND
 If you can't afford the license fees you had better take up a different hobby.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 7:55 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/06/2006
Location: ND
 It was overdue as far as I'm concerned - I'm okay with it especially on the big game side I personally thought deer/big game tags should/could have increased more to say $40 or even $50 , but it's a start . 
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 8:20 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/13/2005
Location: ND
 Yeah, I'm okay with it also... still very affordable.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 8:20 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/13/2005
Location: ND
 Yeah, I'm okay with it also... still very affordable.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 8:52 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/05/2010
Location: nd
Where did they get carried away? You have to be kidding me! Cheapest licenses in the country.
Wonderful Reagan quote that says it like it is! "It isn't that Liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so."
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 9:01 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/19/2009
Location: nd
 Seems reasonable to me. Still the cheapest part of the sport. 
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Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 9:04 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
Im sure they wouldnt complain if you sent them another $20 donation along with your application this year. Curious why you think they should charge more than they need to provide the services they do? Do you think other areas of the government should do the same?
mhanson6 Said:
 It was overdue as far as I'm concerned - I'm okay with it especially on the big game side I personally thought deer/big game tags should/could have increased more to say $40 or even $50 , but it's a start . 


Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 9:08 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
 I guess I never looked much into this. Did the G&F show a need for funds? While I agree the prices are nominal for what you get out of them, let us not forget that these fees are a tax. Taxation that serves a purpose and provides a service is fine. Raising taxes just because they haven't been raised for awhile is ridiculous. So, does anyone know?
Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/22/2013 9:24 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
It was time for an increase in some fees, but people stating that they wish they would double or triple is stupid at best. The only logical reason someone would WISH for large increases is because they can afford higher fees and are hoping others wouldnt be able to, thereby reducing their competition for tags. To answer your question, the G&F lost a lot of revenue due to the collapse of lope hunting and the deer population statewide. Now they dont have enough funds to keep up the spending they did during the 'boom' years of high large game populations. Instead of cutting programs and services, or maybe enforcement to match their new revenue stream, they have decided to increase the costs to consumers. An increase of 50% for a deer tag is fairly significant, more so for people who meat hunt and kill 3-5 deer a year, than someone who just trophy hunts, or does it for recreation.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 10:10 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/07/2009
Location: nd
I just wish the NR tags would have gone up the same % as resident.  The NR pressure on waterfowl in the fall is ridiculous.  I wish ND could go to a lottery system for NR waterfowl like SD.

Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 10:21 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
 I think the G&F iis doing a fine job, but that,s not the topic.
Looking at past threads dealing with sporting optics costing thousands, new pickups starting at /40K, boats at 50K on up, expensive electronics never dreamed about 30 - 40 years ago, absolute top quality reloading equipment, and sunglasses costing hundreds odd dollars all the  other wish list stuff bantered about on FBO, I have to quote George H W Bush again and say "Where's the Beef?"    I know what I did for a living and I sure couldn't afford any of that Stuff!?! 
Or is all the things the G&F  doing cheaper in ND than all other states?  Heck, all they need isa buerocrat     and a subscription to "Big Buck" or "Walleye" magazines - you know- where most of us got our biology educations from!
A politically appointed Non biology beurocrat???  We already have one of those.....
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 10:22 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/26/2006
Location: ND
bobkat Said:
 I think the G&F iis doing a fine job, but that,s not the topic.
Looking at past threads dealing with sporting optics costing thousands, new pickups starting at /40K, boats at 50K on up, expensive electronics never dreamed about 30 - 40 years ago, absolute top quality reloading equipment, and sunglasses costing hundreds odd dollars all the  other wish list stuff bantered about on FBO, I have to quote George H W Bush again and say "Where's the Beef?"    I know what I did for a living and I sure couldn't afford any of that Stuff!?! 
Or is all the things the G&F  doing cheaper in ND than all other states?  Heck, all they need isa buerocrat     and a subscription to "Big Buck" or "Walleye" magazines - you know- where most of us got our biology educations from!
A politically appointed Non biology beurocrat???  We already have one of those.....
That is even more then less then helpful. Why are these things never clear?

Teach a man to fish and he will still vote for the guy who gave him a fish.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 11:04 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/27/2009
Location: ND
% used across the board would be better.  Non-res fees are still too cheap.  They pay for gas, lodging, guides, land access, food and drink, and use the leftover chump change to buy ND licenses to "share in our wild resources".  Welcome to ND, but pay your fair share, regardless of the desires of ND Tourism!  
 
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 11:30 AM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/22/2009
Location: MT
I dont have a problem with the hike at all. I was a little suprised with the nongame hike. Someone must have put a dent in the coyotes?

I dont go around guessing cup sizes either I just know a nice rack when I see one.

Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 12:42 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2002
Location: ND
 
hopeandchangethis Said:
Where did they get carried away? You have to be kidding me! Cheapest licenses in the country.

No they aren't  Hell, its cheaper for somebody under 18 to get a Non-Resident deer tag in Minnesota.  How much are Montana residents paying for a deer or elk tag these days?
 
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 12:51 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2009
Location: ND
The NR tag is what really stood out to me.  We got a 50% increase in our resident deer tags but they only raised the NR deer tags by 25%.  I think they should of matched the % increase in this case.  For those of you that agrue that license cost nothing compaired to all the other expenses my response is No Daaaaah.  With this increased revenue I expect more from the G&F going forward.  They should add more land and better hunting land to the plots program and add more game wardens. On the fishing side of things I think they do a great job.  They could look into other bait fish options for Sak.   Again like I mentioned at the beginning of the thread I support the increases but I will not support the increases with no improvements.
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 4:02 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/25/2007
Location: ND
 
Meelosh Said:
 I guess I never looked much into this. Did the G&F show a need for funds? While I agree the prices are nominal for what you get out of them, let us not forget that these fees are a tax. Taxation that serves a purpose and provides a service is fine. Raising taxes just because they haven't been raised for awhile is ridiculous. So, does anyone know?

The way they present this at the advisory meetings is the Legislature gives them no funding but requires the Game&Fish to have a certain amount of money on hand at end of fiscal year, not positive on the amount but 15 million sticks in my mind any way with all the people they have hired last few years to run herd on the oil company's out west and the loss of revenue from 40000 less deer tags and no antelope tags for 2 years they were projected to fall below the Legislature mandated number a couple years down the road so license fee increases were required to meet this requirement 
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 4:43 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/05/2010
Location: nd
Why do I care about the under 18 crowd?
Wonderful Reagan quote that says it like it is! "It isn't that Liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so."
Re: Higher Fishing and Hunting License fees in 2014
by on 04/23/2013 5:10 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2002
Location: ND
You said we have the cheapest licence fees I offered that up as an example that we clearly do not, and in that instance an under 18 can actually get a non-resident licence for far less than we can as residents in ND. We are far from being the cheapest state. That's why
 
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