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Oregon Wildlife Officials Consider Cutting License Fee Hikes

Expected fee increases for hunting and fishing licenses may disappear before they land.

Posted: Mar 29, 2018 2:04 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2018 2:24 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials are open to dropping a fee increase for fishing and hunting licenses that are scheduled to take effect in 2020, according to a statement from the agency.

In spite of their openness to changing those fee increases, ODFW does not anticipate making any major changes to their proposed budget. However, they are open to public comment.

There will be a public hearing in Klamath Falls on Wednesday, April 4 at the Oregon Institute of Technology College Union Building, and another one in Medford on Thursday, April 5 at the Jackson County Library.

Public comments will be used to help refine the budget before it is presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on June 7 in Baker City, according to an ODFW statement.

“This is a great opportunity for us to meet with our constituents and get their feedback,” said Curt Melcher, ODFW director. “I encourage folks to attend, meet with our staff and learn more about our funding proposals to manage Oregon’s fish and wildlife.”

Once a proposed budget is approved by the Commission, it will be submitted to the Governor for her consideration. The budget will ultimately be determined by the 2019 Legislature.

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