About 750,000 Idaho residents, or nearly 47 percent of the state’s population, consider themselves hunters or anglers. Yet less than half of them buy hunting or fishing licenses each year, reports S-R reporter Becky Kramer. Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials want to increase annual participation in hunting and fishing with the goal of raising additional revenue – by offering a financial incentive. Fish and Game officials will ask legislators to approve a 15 to 20 percent increase in the cost of licenses, tags and permits for resident hunters and anglers starting in 2016. However, people who purchase a license this year, and keep buying them annually, could lock in current prices for the next three to five years.
The strategy rewards the department’s most loyal customers, with the intent of developing more of them, said Virgil Moore, Fish and Game’s director; you can read Kramer’s full report here.