A bill related to increasing hunting and fishing fees is currently deadlocked at a tie. The bill, which has already been approved by the House, could be voted on again next week.
If approved, the licenses would raise nearly $20 million more in revenue, allowing the Department of Natural Resources to hire more conservation officers and make other improvements. The hunting license costs would vary by species, for example, a deer license would be increased from $15 to $30. The current fishing license limits the types of species that can be fished, but under the new bill, it would include all-species. Currently this license costs $15 and will be raised to $25. The House and Senate have already approved a bill related to off-road recreation vehicles licenses.