You're about to pay more for hunting, fishing and visiting Colorado state parks
Credit: Nick Coltrain, Colorado
Not-so-good-news, Fort Collins anglers: Your annual fishing licenses are about to go up.
It comes with actual good news, however: The fee increase should add up to 20 million more fish statewide from hatchery upgrades.
The fee increase, from $25 for an annual license to $33, is part of a slew of increases to hunting licenses and state park fees — the first such increase since 2005. It was signed last week by Gov. John Hickenlooper with near-universal support from groups representing the people most likely to pay the increased costs.
The money, in part, helps the Colorado Parks and Wildlife to fill in budget gaps created largely by inflation. The bill allows the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission, the governor-appointed group that oversees CPW, to increase the fees in line with inflation in future years, though it is not required to do so. It is funded entirely by user fees, not general tax dollars.
READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON THE COLORADOAN WEBSITE: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2018/05/10/colorado-state-park-fees-fishing-permits-hunting-licenses-increase/592091002/