The past year has been a difficult time. Work was interrupted and families postponed or changed holiday gatherings. The pandemic has certainly changed many aspects of our lives in one way or another.
Just when it looked like we had passed the milestone, another variation arrives. But we are resilient. Michael Jordan once said when asked about his overwhelming success, âObstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Find out how to climb, cross, or get around it.
So whatever happens, as the door opens to a whole new year, make a concerted effort to do something enjoyable and let the outdoors be part of it. Although I focus on the hobbies of hunting and fishing, as they happen to be the fabric of my personal life, any activity that takes place outside of four walls is beneficial to us both physically and emotionally. And each of them takes just two steps to enjoy it. The first starts with your right foot and the second with your left.
So, at the start of 2022, I wish the readers of this column and all the others a Happy New Year.
INCREASE IN FEES
By now I’m sure you’ve heard. For the first time since 2006, the Indiana DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division (DFW) increased the fees for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
Unfortunately, some broke their napkins in tears. But let’s be honest. The DNR, which manages our state’s fish and wildlife resources, needs additional funding. What else hasn’t seen a price hike after 16 years?
While the overwhelming majority support the increase, I think MNR could have done a better job educating the public, rather than forcing it on everyone after the fact. Notifying us in advance would give those who wipe the tears from their cheeks nothing wrong.
The increases will be applied to personal licenses from the year 2022-2023 (April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023) which will go on sale in January. The fee increase does not affect licenses for the remainder of the 2021-2022 license year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022), even if these licenses are purchased after January 1.
The new fees allow DFW to maintain core programs including habitat restoration, maintenance of public lands, scientific research and education, and the expansion of other services to manage fish and fish. Indiana wildlife for everyone to enjoy.
The funds will also go to the Law Enforcement Division of MNR to ensure it is equipped to provide public safety and enforce laws governing natural resources.
The new license prices were determined by comparing license fees among other Midwestern states and balancing the increasing costs of resource management.
The Division of Fish & Wildlife is funded by a combination of state and federal funding. On the state side, our biggest source of income is the sale of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses. Much of this money is used as a match, or as a required contribution, to receive federal funding for the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Program. This program is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is funded by excise taxes paid by manufacturers and importers of hunting, fishing and shooting equipment as well as on certain boats and boat fuel.
Together, state and federal funding sources allow DFW to conduct a variety of work including fish and wildlife research, habitat restoration, maintenance of fishing and wildlife areas and sites. access, education for hunters and anglers, technical assistance to private landowners, and much more. . In essence, the best way to support conservation efforts in Indiana is to purchase a license or donate to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund.