REED CITY — Last Saturday and Sunday featured Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan but a recent announcement from the state points out that hunting and fishing will be somewhat more expensive, in some aspects, for Michigan sportsmen.
Michigan’s first significant increase in hunting and fishing license fees since 1997 was passed by the State House on Wednesday and now goes to the Senate where it is expected to be approved. The Department of Natural Resources estimates the increases would raise about $20 million more for wildlife, fisheries and habitat programs, which represents a 40 percent boost. The fee hikes, at the request of Gov. Rick Snyder, would start next March.