It’s lean times for hunters and anglers in Oregon. The number of Oregonians participating in hunting and fishing statewide is at a 30-year low, and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is facing a $32 million budget gap. To make up for it, the ODFW is considering reducing staff, asking the state lawmakers for more money, and — most controversially — increasing the cost of fishing and hunting licenses to boost revenue.
But that’s not going to solve the problem, some hunters and anglers say — in fact raising the cost of licenses might discourage hunting and fishing, especially for young people and families. Roger Fuhrman, an administrator at the ODFW, and Fred Craig, the president of the Oregon Hunters Association, give us their takes on the troubles facing hunting and fishing.
Do you hunt or fish? How would the proposed license fee increases affect you?