GF&P proposes price hikes for some licensesFees could go up for parks, hunting.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
DEADWOOD — The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission decided Friday to officially propose raising prices slightly for entrance licenses and some group lodging fees at South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas for 2013.
The commissioners also proposed increasing prices for various licenses for non-resident hunters of waterfowl and upland birds, including pheasants.
A public hearing will be held Nov. 1 during the commission’s meeting at Madison.
If adopted, park entrance licenses would go up to $30 from the present $28 for the first vehicle. Licenses for additional vehicles would increase to $15 from the current $14. The transferrable license would rise to $65 from $60 now.
The special-event charge for the annual Fort Sisseton Festival also would increase to $5 from $4, and prices for group lodging would increase by various amounts at Mina, Shadehill, Lake Thompson, Newton Hills and Palisades.
The proposal to increase prices for various non-resident hunting licenses includes charging $120 for the 10-day license for small game including pheasants. The present price is $110.
The commission proposed adding more to the price of an annual shooting preserve license than the state Wildlife Division originally recommended for non-resident hunters.
The commission’s proposal is $120, putting it at the same level as the 10-day small game license. The price currently is $85. The Wildlife Division had recommended going to $95.
The five-day preserve license would increase to $75 from $65, while the one-day preserve license would go up to $45 from $35. Those proposed increases by the commission also were $5 more than the $5 increases recommended by the Wildlife Division.
Non-resident licenses for waterfowl would increase to $120 from $110, while the three-day waterfowl permit would go to $85 from $75.