Wildlife Commissioner Defends Hike In Cost Of Hunting Licenses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state wildlife commissioner is defending a 30 percent hike in the cost of hunting and fishing licenses. He says it's still cheaper to participate in outdoor sports than go to the movies.

The price of hunting and fishing licenses will increase from 15 dollars to 20 dollars beginning March 1. A combination hunting-fishing license goes up from 22-50 to 30 dollars.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife spokesman Mark Marraccini says license and permit sales generated more than 22 (M) million dollars in 2006-2007. He says the price increases will generate an additional two-point-eight (M) million.

Franklin County hunter Michael Taylor says the cost of the licenses and permits can become burdensome for families when spouses and teenage children also hunt and fish.

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