Alaska hunting, fishing license fees will increase in 2017
Hunting and fishing in Alaska will cost everyone a bit more beginning January 1, 2017.
Earlier this year the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 137 to boost the prices for both residents and non-residents. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said hunting fees haven’t gone up in 24 years and it’s been a decade since the fees for fishing licenses were raised.
The biggest price increase will be seen by non-resident big game tags, which essentially double. People from outside of Alaska who want to hunt brown hears will now pay $1,000 instead of $500.
Cotten said the price increases are expected to bring in an additional $9 million in revenue for the department every year. About half of that is expected to come from the non-resident fees.
“Plus we get federal matching funds 3 to 1. So that’s another $27 million so that will be a big help,” Cotten explained.
He said Fish and Game wanted to limit the impact to Alaska residents. Annual resident sport fishing fees will go from $24 to $29 and resident hunting licenses will increase from $25 to $45.
Fish and Game added a new $15 dipnet fee for the Chitina fishery. An estimated 12,000 permits will be issued this year for the fishery. Cotten said the fee was requested by the Chitina Dipnetters Association.
Also new this year, the department changed resident youth age requirement from 16 to 18.
The price increases don’t take effect until January 1, 2017 so right now people are able to go online and lock in those licenses for the next two years at the 2016 rate.
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