The fees, which currently start at $17 annually for a basic fish and hunt license, have not increased since 1992. By comparison, South Carolina – which has the second-lowest fee among southeastern region’s six states — charges $22 for a comparable license. Florida charges $32.50.
The department, which can’t raise rates without approval from state lawmakers, supports the legislation. Officials have anticipated being able to hire roughly 40 new rangers with the money.