Some avid campers may pay more for the privilege next year while young hunters and anglers pay less.
Some camping fees and a multi-year youth hunting and fishing license program will be voted on Thursday by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks commission meeting in Goodland.
Chris Tymeson, Wildlife and Parks lawyer, said the department is recommending increases in annual and long-term camping permits.
He said the long-term permits, which allow campers to stay at one site for a month, could see an increase of $40 at most state parks. That would be from $240 to $360, depending on utilities.
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Long-term permits at El Dorado, Milford and Tuttle Creek state parks would increase $80. Rates would range from $280 to $400 depending on utilities.
Tymeson said the department will also request an increase of $100 in annual camping permits purchased in April through September. The new price would be $250.
The proposal asks for a $50 increase for permits bought in the October-March offseason. The new price would be $200 per year.
Commissioners will also be asked to approve a system that would allow young sportsmen a chance to buy one hunting and/or fishing permit that covers them from ages 16-20.
"When we look at ages and purchasing licenses we see a pretty good spike with 16-year-olds then it kind of drops off until the early 20s," said Mike Miller, Wildlife and Parks education chief. "We're hoping already having the permits and saving some money will make them more willing to go in between."
The proposed cost for the multi-year hunting or fishing permit is $40 each, or $70 for a combination fishing/hunting license. Annual permits currently cost about $20 and $38.
Biologists and commissioners will also discuss possible regulations to help stop the spread of invasive fish such as Asian carp and white perch.
Banning the taking of bait fish from waters with invasive species will be considered. A law stating bait shops must buy live bait from certified bait dealers is another.
The meeting will have sessions at 1:30 and 7 p.m. at the Goodland Elks Lodge. For more information, call 620-672-5911 or go to www.kdwp.state.ks.us.
KDWP awarded $1.5 million grant — Wildlife and Parks learned last week that it has been awarded a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, said Jake George, Wildlife and Parks private lands program coordinator.
The money can be used to obtain more access to private lands for hunters and anglers, such as the state's WIHA and FISH programs.
It can also be used for cost-share habitat programs on those lands such as burning, planting food plots, strip disking and other habitat projects.
The money comes from the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Improvement Program that was part of the 2008 farm bill.
Of about 30 applicants, George said 16 states and one tribe were awarded grants.
Kansas will probably get grants in the next two years, too, if USDA funds are still available.
"We have the potential of about $4.5 million from the program," George said. "We're hoping to get the (recent) funds into play, hopefully by the end of this year."