LANSING, MI (AP)-- Michigan lawmakers have given final approval to the first significant increase in hunting and fishing license fees since 1997.
Legislation passed by the House will raise about $20 million more, a 40 percent boost. The fees will be used to improve wildlife, fisheries and habitat programs once they're signed by Governor Rick Snyder.
A new base hunting license will take effect in March and cost $11 for most in-state residents. Separate fees still will be levied for hunting certain species. Tags for deer will rise from $15 to $20.
Michigan has 227 different types of hunting and fishing license fees. The bill will simplify the licensing system and leave the state with approximately 40 fees.
Out-of-state residents will face higher fee increases.