Dayton Proposes License Fee Increases

An angler holds a crappie taken by ice-fishing. (News Tribune file photo)

Increases in fees for hunting and fishing licenses are included in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal, released today.

Among those proposed increases:

  • Resident angling licenses would go from $22 to $25, a 14 percent increase
  • A resident combination angling (married couple angling) license would go from $35 to $40, a 14 percent increase
  • Resident deer licenses would go from $30 to $34, a 13 percent increase
  • A bonus deer tag would increase from $15 to $17, a 13 percent increase

The subject of license fee increases had come up at the Department of Natural Resources’ recent Roundtable meetings in the Twin Cities. Fishing license fees were last increased in 2013, from $17 to $22.

The governor’s budget now will be submitted to the Minnesota Legislature for consideration.