- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental officials are proposing a new annual fee for non-hunter users of state wildlife areas.

According to the News Journal of Wilmington (https://delonline.us/22GFrc4 ), Delaware Fish & Wildlife Director David E. Saveikis says the bulk of the agency’s revenues come from hunting and fishing licenses, but Delaware has seen a significant drop in the number of licensed hunters.

Last year, Saveikis warned the wildlife advisory council of a $311,000 shortfall because of the decline in license fees.

Under the proposal, hunting license fees would rise from the current $25 to $39.50 for Delaware residents. The Conservation Access Pass for non-hunters would cost $20 a year for in-state residents and $30 for out-of-state visitors.

Public workshops are scheduled next week in the state’s three counties to discuss the proposal.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com


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