Colorado resident license fees were last increased in 2005. In the more than a decade since, inflation has eroded the buying power of the dollars generated from those licenses so that Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been forced to make substantial programs cuts, and is now looking at a fee increase for resident fishing and hunting licenses to avoid deeper cuts in fish and wildlife programs. For more background information regarding the proposed increases, read an article describing the issues on ColoradoTU.org

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* 1. Currently a resident season fishing license costs $26 (a separate $10 habitat stamp is also required on one’s first fishing or hunting license purchased each year).  Would you support an increase in this license to: (Select all, if any, that you would support)

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* 2. Seniors currently qualify for a free angling license (paying only $1 to cover search and rescue and public education charges).  These free licenses also reduced Colorado’s allocation of federal fishery aid dollars (from funds generated by federal excise taxes on fishing gear and boat fuel). To increase revenue from both license sales and increasing our federal funding allocations, would you support: (Select all, if any, that you would support).

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* 3. Colorado Parks and Wildlife sets license fees, and then over time sees inflation cut into the value of those dollars and every few years returns to the legislature to seek approval for fee increases. Some feel that this added legislative control is important, while others think it makes more sense to keep CPW revenues stable vis a vis inflation. Would you support authorizing CPW to make small adjustments in license fees on an ongoing basis, to track with inflation?

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* 4. Colorado’s resident fishing license fees are similar to those of many other Rocky Mountain states; however Colorado’s out-of-state license fees are lower than peer states like Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Lower license costs may make Colorado more attractive to some visiting anglers, but it also reduces revenue generated by those out-of-state licenses. Would you support an increase in non-resident fishing license fees to bring Colorado more on level with other angling destination states?

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* 5. CPW has identified some specific program areas in need for additional funding to address specific challenges or maintain ongoing programs. Please indicate which of these fish-related programs you would most support increased resident license fees to address: (Select up to three)

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* 6. Are there any other comments or suggestions that you would like Colorado Trout Unlimited to consider when taking a stance on a proposed fee increase bill for Colorado Parks and Wildlife?

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