Governor Snyder has signed into law Michigan's first hunting and fishing license fee increases in more than 15 years.
The revamped fees will kick in March 1 and generate more revenue for wildlife, fisheries and habitat programs.
Representative Jon Bumstead, a Republican from Newaygo County, says the additional funding will help with conservation and enforcement.
"We didn't have one group who was negative toward this because all of the money is going to go out there for ourselves. It's a great bill, lots of good support, and way overdue."
A new ``base'' hunting license will cost $11 for in-state residents, with lower rates for youths and seniors. The base license will pay for hunting waterfowl, migratory birds and small game like rabbits. Separate fees will be levied for hunting certain species, and some will increase.
When the new fees take effect, Michigan will have 42 hunting and fishing license fees instead of the 227 it has today.
Snyder, who signed the legislation Tuesday, says simplifying the license structure and raising more revenue will help maintain Michigan's world-class habitat for years. Bumstead says many other Michigan lawmakers agree with Snyder.
"It simplifies the whole process, going from over 200 licenses, down to under 40. So it's streamlining it, and that is what the governor is looking for- making Michgian more efficient."