The Arizona Game and Fish Commission recently approved an Arizona Game and Fish Department preliminary proposal that would increase fees for most hunting and fishing licenses, tags, stamps and permits starting in 2007.
The department is seeking the increases through the rule-making process after the Arizona Legislature approved higher fee caps last year. The department has now set the dates for public input on their proposal, which can not become law until the department obtains final approval from the commission and the Governor's Regulatory Review Council.
The new fees are designed to help the department meet increasing operating expenses and address program priorities. A few of the proposed changes include:
Increased fees for resident and nonresident fishing and hunting licenses and big-game hunt permit-tags; adoption of Class J and K family hunting and fishing licenses; and adoption of the Class L, M, and N super conservation hunting and fishing licenses.
An equal increase for both resident and nonresident guide licenses.
A new class of reduced-price junior hunt permit-tags for elk, deer, javelina and turkey with an equal cost for resident and nonresident youth.
Elimination of the proposed Class A premium hunt permit-tags for deer and elk.
A few examples of the increased prices are a general resident fishing license will go from $18 to $23.50, a resident trout stamp will increase from $10.50 to $15.75, an urban fishing license will go from $16 to $18.50, a resident elk tag will increase from $78 to $114, a resident deer tag will go from $19.50 to $34.75, and a resident combination hunting and fishing license will increase from $44 to $54.
The department is accepting written comments on this proposal until Feb. 6, and I urge you to make your feelings known. Comments can be sent by letter to the AGFD, Attention: Rulemaking, 2221 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85023. The department will also accept oral comments at the commission meeting tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10-11 at the Shilo Inn at 1550 S. Castle Dome Ave. in Yuma.
WALLEYE CLUB MEETS
Fishing guide Art Chamberlin will discuss crappie and bass fishing on Roosevelt Lake at this month’s meeting of the Southwest Walleye Anglers Club, Mesa Chapter, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the AGFD offices at 7200 E. University in Mesa. Visialsfishingtackle.com for more information.