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Hunting and fishing license fees going up

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The Utah Wildlife Board approved a fee increase for hunting and fishing licenses and permits in order to keep up with rising operation costs.

Hunting season is approaching, and Utah residents and non-residents will pay more for the sport this year. The state Division of Wildlife Resources reported Friday that it would implement its first hunting license fee increase for residents since 2014.

Most resident fees will increase by $6. For example, resident combination licenses will increase from $38 to $42.

Non-residents who want licenses will pay $120 for a license, or $150 for a combination license, which covers both hunting and fishing.

DWR Administrative Section Chief Kenny Johnson said the fees are the primary funding source for the DWR’s labor, fuel, materials, goods and services used to manage Utah’s fish and wildlife.

Hunting, fishing and combination licenses for youth and disabled veterans will not increase. The current price of general-season deer and elk permits will remain at $40 and $50, respectively, for youth.

The changes are pending final approval from the Legislature.

For more information and a complete fee schedule, click here.

Michelle, who joined KPCW in 2021, arrived in Utah in 2018 by way of Massachusetts, where the skiing was icy and the mosquitoes formidable. A former daily newspaper reporter and editor (at the Visalia Times-Delta in CA) and columnist (at The Cohasset Mariner in MA), Michelle has been a writer and editor for decades. She holds a journalism degree from CSU Fresno and has worked as a journalist, freelance writer and web content creator, reporting extensively on education and youth along with general assignment and breaking news.