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STATEWIDE — For the first time since 2006, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife is raising fees on hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.

The fees on commercial licenses will also increase, some for the first time since the 1980s.

The increases will be applied to licenses starting with the 2022-2023 license year (April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023) that go on sale in January. The fee increase does not affect licenses for the remainder of the 2021 – 2022 license year, even if those licenses are purchased after Jan. 1, 2022.

These increases will allow DFW to conduct fish and wildlife research, restore habitats, maintain Fish & Wildlife areas and public access sites, educate new hunters and anglers, and more, Indiana DNR said Friday.

Some of the funds will also go to the DNR Law Enforcement Division to make sure it’s equipped to provide public safety and enforce the laws governing natural resources.

Indiana DNR said it determined the new license prices by comparing license fees among other Midwestern states and “balancing the rising costs of resource management.”

A full list of the new fees can be found on the DNR website.