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Massachusetts Considering Raising Cost of Fishing, Hunting, Trapping Permits

March 5, 2021

Fishing, trapping, and hunting could soon become more expensive in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife wants to raise prices for the first time in 20 years, as Fox News reports.

State officials’ proposal would raise the cost of hunting and fishing licenses from $22.50 to $40 for Massachusetts residents. It would increase the cost of hunting permits for antlerless deer, bear, and turkey from $5 to $20. Plus, stamps for both primitive firearms and waterfowl would go from costing $5.10 to $20.

“We recognize this has been a difficult year for everyone, and we don’t make this proposal lightly,” MassWildlife director Mark Tisa told Fox News. “Responsible fiscal management gave us 25 years without fee increases, however it’s critical for us now to address MassWildlife’s current and future financial needs.”

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