Commissioner Seeks Higher Hunting Fees

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's conservation commissioner, Barnett Lawley, believes its time to raise the cost of a hunting license. He said it's been 18 years since the last increase.

Lawley said he plans to ask the Legislature to raise the cost of a resident hunting license from 16 dollars to 24 dollars.

A 2002 study by the U-S Department of Interior showed hunting generated an estimated 800 million dollars annually to the state's economy.

The cost of a hunting license was last raised in 1989, and Lawley said the cost of operating Alabama's outdoors and conservation programs have gone up a lot since then.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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