Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gov.'s Support Sought on Hunting Fee.(Final)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Game and Fish Dept. Struggling

SANTA FE -- The state Game and Fish Department said Wednesday it plans to seek Gov. Bill Richardson's approval to pursue a fee hike for hunting and fishing licenses.

"The governor's got to say, 'I either oppose this or support it.' We don't make another move until we meet with the governor," said Game and Fish northwest area chief Luke Shelby, who is spearheading the department's fee-increase efforts. "(We) can't lobby for anything ... that he doesn't support."

If Richardson does give his blessing to pursuing a fee increase, that would be only a first, though critical, step. …

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