The Colorado House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 143, a bill to increase revenue for parks and wildlife by raising resident and nonresident hunting and fishing fees. The bill, which received unanimous approval in the Senate in March, goes to the governor for signature.
The resident elk license will increase from $45 to $53 while a nonresident license will cost $660—a $60 increase. SB 143 also allows the Parks and Wildlife Commission to apply a consumer price index adjustment to hunting and fishing fees, establishes a special licensing program for young adult hunters and anglers, and restricts the commission’s ability to raise or lower park fees.
The last time parks and wildlife fees were increased was 2005. Costs associated with administering the budget have soared since then—impacting wildlife management, facility maintenance and other priorities.
(Photo source: Colorado Parks & Wildlife)