License Fees to Increase March 1st

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License fee increases for hunters and anglers that were passed by the 2003 Nevada State Legislature with the support of outdoors and conservation organizations will take effect March 1, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW).

Terry Crawforth, NDOW Director, said fees for most resident and nonresident licenses are set for their first increase in eight years. Nevada’s license year runs from March 1 through the end of February.

Resident adult fishing licenses will be raised to $29 while hunting licenses for adult residents are going to $33. Combination hunting and fishing licenses for resident adults will increase to $54.

"Few other recreational opportunities in Nevada can offer 365 days of quality enjoyment for this price,” said Crawforth. “And, the more you use your annual hunting fishing or combination license, the better value it is. The price is well worth the opportunity to experience Nevada’s wildlife.”

For the first time, $3 of every annual hunting, fishing, combination and trapping license will be set aside and used specifically for wildlife habitat improvements. These funds will support projects like reseeding efforts after a fire, or improvements that support sport fish habitat.

Another first is an upland game stamp that will be required for upland game hunters. Funds generated from the $10 stamp will be used for upland game projects, including maintenance and construction of new small game water developments (guzzlers) statewide, as well as range restoration projects to benefit upland game species such as chukar, quail, and grouse.

NDOW is primarily user-funded, meaning most of its funding comes from anglers and hunters who purchase licenses, federal excise taxes on recreational hunting and fishing equipment, and federal grants that are provided, based, in part, on the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold in the state. The agency's fiscal forecast in 2002 showed that income revenues were not keeping up with the increased cost of doing business and that without a fee increase NDOW’s programs would suffer a cumulative $6.5 million shortfall by Fiscal Year 2007. The Board of Wildlife Commissioners, together with the state's major conservation and sportsmen's organizations worked together in support of a fee increase that was approved during the 2003 State Legislature.

Fishing and hunting licenses for the 2004-05 license year will be available by late February and can be purchased at NDOW offices and most sporting goods stores.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. Wildlife offices are located in Las Vegas, Henderson, Ely, Winnemucca, Fallon, Elko, and Reno. For more information, contact the agency web site at www.ndow.org.