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Raising nonresident hunting fees may reduce revenue

Dear Editor,

It has been brought to my attention that recent increases in nonresident license fees were responsible for a drop in the number of sportsmen coming to the state to enjoy these activities. Nonresident sportsmen have been a welcome source of tourist revenue for the state of Colorado; they spend money on food, lodging, gas and beverages. If the state thought “outside the box,” the fish and game people would consider reducing nonresident fees to less than the resident level.

Doing so could generate increased activity from out-of-state hunters. The revenue from products and services bought would greatly outweigh the small income realized from fewer nonresidents paying higher fees.

People who worry about such things as fish taken would do well to consider that the out-of-state fishermen might actually prefer catch and release as opposed to hauling the fish back home.

Sid Smock

Scottsdale, Ariz.

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