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Snyder wants higher hunting, fishing license fees

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder wants to raise some of Michigan's hunting and fishing license fees.

The Republican governor included the fee increases in his proposed budget released Thursday. They are part of a broader plan to boost funding of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which manages forests, wildlife and outdoor recreation programs.

Snyder's plan calls for creating a new "base" hunting license that would cost $10 for most in-state residents. Additional fees would be charged for hunting particular animals, such as deer, turkey and bear.

DNR Director Keith Creagh says the increases would raise $18 million in new revenue. Snyder also is requesting more money for the DNR in the state general fund. If legislators approve the plan, the department could hire 41 additional conservation officers.

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