The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be increasing hunting and fishing licenses for the first time in a decade, starting September 1st. The increase comes after a temporary license charge expired in June. The increase in recreational licenses costs is to help with expenses; to manage fisheries and hunting seasons, produce trout and steelhead for recreational fisheries, enforce regulations, monitor fish and game populations and help maintain wildlife lands.
Not all licenses are increasing, some such as the senior and youth will actually decrease. The 2011 legislation passed the license increase to help with certain costs.The increase is expected to help increase the fishing and hunting budget by $8 million.
Hunting and fishing brings in $1.4 billion to the Washington economy and is important to the state, so maintaining all the hunting and fishing opportunities is equally important. From Lakewood Patch .