DNR officials: Hunting fee hikes are crucial

Department of Natural Resources officials say hunting fee increases in the next budget cycle are important in preserving Wisconsin's hunting and fishing programs, but hunters express mixed views on the proposal.

The plan includes increasing deer hunting license from 20 to 32 dollars and increasing resident fishing license fee from 17 to 20 dollars.

Harry Meinking belongs to the West Salem and the Bangor Rod and Gun Club says he knows more members of the clubs are in favor of the proposal than against it.

He says many hunters do think the deer hunting fee increase is too much, especially for youth and for those over 65.

The 70-year-old Meinking says he's been hunting since eight and he supports the proposed increases.

He says the fee increase is necessary to nourish a heritage that goes back all those years to old hunters like his grandfather.

D-N-R Secretary Scott Hassett has dispatched his troops to the countryside to educate people about the necessity of the fee hikes.