Fee Increases Proposed For Some GFP Licenses

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Fee increases for some South Dakota hunting and fishing licenses were recently proposed by the Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

"As the cost of providing existing programs and services continues to increase, and as several new projects and program enhancements have already been implemented or are being planned, it has become necessary to look for additional revenue," said Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife Director Doug Hansen. "Most nonresident and resident fees have remained unchanged since 1997 and 1999, respectively. Our commission has asked that we consider making smaller, but more frequent, adjustments to license fees to support revenue needs, rather than wait until a much larger fee increase is needed. The proposed fee adjustments should have a relatively minor impact on hunters, anglers and the business industry associated with hunting and fishing."

Hansen added that the proposed adjustments have taken into account fees being charged in surrounding states, the history of fee increases for individual license types and anticipated revenue needs for wildlife programs over the next few years. Proposed fee increases are estimated to generate $1.6 million in additional revenue.

Proposed adjustments to license fees include:

* Resident small game license for folks 16 years of age and older, $22 to $24 plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident one-day small game license, $8 to $10,
* Resident combination license, $39 to $44 plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident junior combination license (age 16-18), $23 to $25,
* Resident furbearer license, $20 to $25,
* Resident deer or antelope one-tag license, $25 to $30 plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident any elk or bull elk license, $100 to $150 plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident landowner depredation elk license would be one-half price of regular license plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident mountain goat license, $100 to $500 plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident special unit Canada goose license, $5 to $10 plus $5 surcharge,
* Nonresident small game license, 16 years of age and older, $95 to $105 plus $5 surcharge,
* Nonresident waterfowl license (includes migratory bird certification), $100 to $105 plus $5 surcharge,
* Nonresident deer or antelope one-tag license, $150 to $190 plus $5 surcharge,
* Nonresident deer or antelope two-tag license, $200 to $240 plus $5 surcharge,
* Nonresident predator license, $30 to $35 plus $5 surcharge,
* Nonresident youth deer or antelope license, $5 to $10,
* Nonresident tundra swan permit, $5 to $10 plus $5 surcharge,
* Migratory bird certification permit, $3 to $5,
* Nonresident shooting preserve license, $30 to $80 plus $5 surcharge,
* Resident annual fishing license, $21 to $25,
* Resident senior fishing license, $5 to $10,
* Nonresident annual fishing license, $59 to 60,
* Nonresident annual family fishing license, $59 to $60,
* Nonresident one-day fishing license, $12 to $14,
* Nonresident three-consecutive-day fishing license, $30 to $32,
* Nonresident paddlefish permit, $5 to $10,
* Falconry permit to $50 for all levels of license,
* Resident fur dealer, $50 to $100,
* Nonresident fur dealer, $400 to $500,
* Taxidermy license, $10 to $15.

The $5 surcharge was mandated by the South Dakota Legislature on most hunting license types and revenue is dedicated to hunting access and wildlife damage assistance programs.

Individuals can submit comment by attending the public hearing at 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Cornerstone in Freeman. Send written comments to Game, Fish and Parks, 523 E. Capitol, Pierre, S.D. 57501,