Wisconsin Gov.'s budget doesn't raise outdoor fees

Published On: Feb 21 2013 06:28:15 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 21 2013 06:28:00 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Gov. Scott Walker's budget doesn't raise hunting or fishing license fees but pumps millions of dollars more into combating aquatic pollution.

The budget Walker released Wednesday would provide an additional $24 million to reduce nonpoint water pollution as well as $85,000 for measuring lake water quality.

The budget would implement a number of recommendations a Texas researcher made to the state Department of Natural Resources last summer on how to improve the agency's relationship with deer hunters, including creating mini-hunts, creating updated maps of the state and continuing chronic wasting disease surveillance.

The budget also would allow the DNR to use $10.5 million in stewardship land acquisition dollars on road repairs and boat access improvements on stewardship property as well as for renovations at the Kettle Moraine Fish Hatchery.