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 Post subject: Virginia License Fee Increase
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:17 pm 
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Brown Trout

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Posted this under conservation category but will paste it up here as well so as to bring light on this topic;
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Hey guys and gals - Virginia is proposing to make a massive increase in license fees for non-residents (smaller one for residents as well). This is big and will effect us all. Makes me wonder what the eco-tourism folks will have to say as it flies in the face of what they are trying to do.

I have copied and pasted a thread that just appeared on Woolly's board.

Quote from: troutrus on Today at 15:05:07
There are some proposals to increase fees. If you fish and hunt Virginia as a non resident, you may want to offer input to these proposals.

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/regulation ... AC=020-065


Thanks for the heads up Bob. We need to nip this one in the bud. If you guys have not seen the proposed increases you need to click on the link Bob provided. Take a look and then follow through with your comments.

Here is what I just wrote:

"WOW, are you out of your cotton picking minds. I can understand and tolerate the incremental $5 increases you started a few years ago but what you are proposing now will drive just about every non-resident sportsmen elsewhere.

I currently spend $286 to hunt and fish in Virgina. (Basic fish, Trout, Basic hunt, Big Game, Muzzleloader, Crossbow) Your proposal will increase that to $580 which is much more then I am willing to pay.

You probably also know that a great deal of your trout water is visited by non-resident fishermen who already spend $72 for that privilege. They also drop a lot of tourism money in the towns adjacent to the trout steams. An increase in fishing fees to $170 will "kill the Golden Goose" and communities that are just beginning to realize the benefits of eco-tourism will suffer"

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia License Fee Increase
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:00 pm 
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The link is broken! :(


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 Post subject: Re: Virginia License Fee Increase
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:10 pm 
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Smallmouth Bass

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Here it is:

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/regulation ... AC=020-065

Thanks Al for telling us about this.

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 Post subject: Re: Virginia License Fee Increase
PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:20 pm 
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I sent in my comment last week and pointed out that that much of an increase will result in diminished net returns. I have no clue what is going on with VDGIF. There is a lot more money brought in the state than just the license fees. Sales tax on food, lodging and gear. Outfitters and guides will be hurt by a big increase. Just plain stupid.

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