Here is the hunting license/tag fee increases proposed by ADFG a couple years ago:
I thought that rather than just respond to recent polls here, forum members might benefit from some real numbers. More info on license/tag fee increase justification here:
Alaska Backcountry Hunters and Anglers supports the increases ADFG requested. We also support more transparency within ADFG to see where the money is going. I was in talks with other orgs earlier this year to attempt to get a new license/tag fee increase to the legislature in the upcoming session, but I am sorry to say it hasn't panned out. Majority thinking (among politicians and orgs) is that since 2008 is an election year, any vote for a "tax" increase isn't likely to go over well politically. And that it wouldn't fly next session.
We also support a small fee for resident harvest tags to cover cost of that...something along the lines of $10 for a harvest ticket. We have major problems on all levels within Wildlife Conservation Division with lack of funding. We cannot rely on general fund monies, and those funds are also problematic for hunting/hunters. We are losing experienced biologists of late to retirement. We need to offer competitve salaries to new biologists and have more staff in certain areas. Many new biologists choose to work for the feds, because of higher salaries and other issues. In some areas, fed staff outnumbers ADFG/state staff in the same area twenty-fold. It's a huge problem for us. I hope to work with other orgs in future to come up with a reasonable bill to submit to the legislature for a license/tag fee increase that isn't tied at all to any mandates to hunter success rates.