Iowa DNR accepting comments on proposed hunting, fishing license increase

Sunday, August 12, 2018

DES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is accepting comments on its proposed menu of hunting and fishing license fee increases, through Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The proposal would set the cost of an annual resident hunting or fishing license at $20; an increase of $3. The proposed license fees do not include the vendor or convenience fee that pays license sales vendors and for the license sales system that is added to the transaction.

Comments on the proposal may be submitted through Aug. 21 via email to or by mail to Joe Larscheid, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034. Individuals can also give their comments at special upcoming listening sessions at six different locations.

Special DNR listening sessions

The Iowa DNR has scheduled listening sessions from noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 21 at six locations where individuals may convey their comments if they choose. Attendees may come and go on their schedule during this time. There will not be a presentation on the proposed fee increase. Locations include:

—Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, Des Moines.

—Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery, 122 252nd Avenue, Spirit Lake.

—Ventura Wildlife Office, 15300 Balsam Avenue, Ventura.

—Cold Spring District Office, 57744 Lewis Road, Lewis.

—Delaware County Conservation Board, 2379 Jefferson Road, Manchester.

—Lake Darling District Office, 110 Lake Darling Road, Brighton.

More about the proposed fee increase

The proposed fee schedule for all hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and habitat fee is available online at This would be the first increase in the price of an annual resident hunting license since 2002 and of an annual fishing license since 2004. If approved, the new fee schedule would be effective when 2019 licenses go on sale on Dec. 15.

The authority to set hunting and fishing license fees had rested with the Iowa Legislature until 2018, when the Legislature passed a bill, signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds, that shifted the authority to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resource Commission. Any proposed fee increase would be subject to review by the 10-member bipartisan Administrative Rules Review Committee before enactment.

Where the money goes

Revenue from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses is deposited into the Fish and Wildlife Trust Fund, which is a state constitutionally protected fund supported by hunting and fishing license sales and federal excise taxes paid on ammunition, fishing tackle and other hunting and fishing supplies. The fund receives no taxpayer money from the state general fund and is used to promote and improve areas to hunt and fish in Iowa.

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