waterfowlhunter wrote:interesting, I had a DNR officer tell me that they had a VERY LARGE surplus in the budget and the Gov moved it to fund other programs that were short.
That's exactly the kind of information I am waiting for before I pass judgement.
Really, you were waiting for some second hand hearsay?
Before you "pass judgement" you may wish to do some research on your own.
Read this here: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363-170963--,00.html
What is going on is that the Wildlife Division receives very little money from the General Fund.
Also, Look up something called the Pittman-Robertson Fund and understand that this change in license structure will increase state access to those earmarked federal funds that we, as sportsman, have paid for through excise taxes on sporting arms and equipment. Also read about the governor's initiative to place more conservation officers in the field.
Here is a source of information: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363_14518_65243---,00.html
Realize that this is the first increase in license fees since the 1990's. For some out of state hunters, it will actually save them money.