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Michigan's governor signs new hunting fees into law

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Governor Rick Snyder has signed an overhaul to Michigan’s hunting and fishing fees. The new law raises many license fees starting next March, but greatly reduces the number of licenses available for sale.

Erin McDonough is with the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. She says updating fees and streamlining the number and types of licenses was long overdue.

“Many people don’t understand that most money for natural resources management comes from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses,” says McDonough, “Everyone can enjoy ‘Pure Michigan’ because of the investments that Michigan sportsmen and women make. We’re proud to provide that legacy for the rest of the state.”

The legislation will finance the hiring of 40 new conservation officers to help manage wildlife and four and a half million acres of state-owned parks and nature preserves.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.