Fishing resources

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources proposes hike in hunting and fishing license fees to keep up with inflation

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Tuesday it is considering an increase in hunting and fishing license and permit fees due to inflation. The DWR has asked for public comment on the proposed increase.

DWR deputy public information officer Darby Doyle said 92% of the agency’s budget is actually funded by hunting and fishing licenses.

“We rely on Utah hunters and anglers to support all of the conservation efforts we do throughout the year. Every little bit helps and goes a long way,” Doyle said.

And now, the DWR said, it is considering a 10% fee increase to keep up with inflation.

“What we’re looking at is about $5 million, basically, a drop that’s happening due to the increase in inflation from what would naturally happen in license and hunting permit sales and fishing,” Doyle said.

The DWR said there had been no general increase for a decade.

The increase would result in a $6 increase for one-year fishing licenses and general season deer and elk licenses.

“We have a lot of people in Utah who have hunted and fished their whole lives here…They want to be able to take their grandkids and enjoy the outdoors like they did.” Doyle said, adding “For that to happen…with the challenges we have, we have to look at increasing our fees here a bit to fill those gaps,” Doyle said.

If the proposal is accepted, the increase will come into effect on July 1, 2023.

The DWR is now gathering public feedback on the increase at its Regional Advisory Board meetings and online throughout July and August. A video from the DWR explaining the proposed increase can be found here.

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