Wisconsin hunting, fishing fees wouldn’t go up under Walker budget

MADISON, Wis. — Hunting and fishing fees would not go up under the state budget Gov. Scott Walker is proposing.

But the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would be allowed to raise state park admission and camping fees under the two-year spending proposal.

The budget also approved DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp’s plan to reorganize the agency and not break it apart as a Republican lawmaker has proposed.

The reorganization plan calls for reducing the number of DNR divisions from seven to five, moves the Bureau of Science Services’ 19 researchers into a new Office of Applied Sciences and shifts 33 ranger positions into warden positions.

Large farms also would be allowed to hire consultants to craft permit applications.

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