MEDFORD, Ore. — Fewer hunters and anglers across Oregon may lead the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to increase fees and license prices.
ODFW is set to release a new budget plan later this week to find ways to pay for programs and services. A spokesman for the department said ODFW is facing a $32 million budget shortfall over the next three years. That could mean as much as $8 million in fee and license price increases.
One reason may be because of fewer people hunting and fishing in Oregon. Local hunters said any fee increase just makes hunting that much more expensive.
“It’s just like anything else, if you want to go hunting, you have to pay the price,” said Ron Sherva of the Oregon Hunters Association. “Because Fish and Wildlife is run only by license money.”
ODFW said it plans on holding public forums on the subject in seven different Oregon cities next month.