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Monday, September 19, 2005

Hikers, birders may pay in N.H.

Here's an article by the Associated Press where they announce that outdoor sports enthusiast in New Hampshire may soon have to pay for their activities.

Hikers, birders may pay in N.H.

September 18, 2005

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — Hikers, kayakers and bird watchers in New Hampshire soon may have to pay fees to help the Fish and Game Department raise $5 million and avoid a fiscal crisis.

For decades, the agency has financed its operating budget solely on revenue from hunting and fishing licenses, but Executive Director Lee Perry said fewer people during the last 10 years have been hunting and fishing, while more are kayaking, hiking, birdwatching, and doing other outdoor activities that carry no fees.

Fish and Game officials and the Fish and Game Commission are reviewing several possible options, including assessing new fees for answering bear nuisance calls to asking the Legislature to appropriate more money in the state budget, said Fish and Game Commissioner Ted Tichy of Milan. Click here to read full article.