Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stewart Hanson said fishing and hunting license fees should be spent, according to law, for fish and wildlife management - not diverted to non-wildlife projects.
"If we're going to earmark funds, whether we're talking about hunting license fees or education career ladder money, we should be sure they go for the legally stated purpose," Hanson said. "Too often, such funds come to be regarded as general funds that can be spent for anything."In recent years, Hanson said, the Division of Wildlife Resources has devoted increasing resources to programs benefiting hikers, campers and other non-hunting recreationists.
The division continues to get 97 percent of its revenue from fish and game licenses and related taxes.
Hanson said this means hunting and fishing revenues are almost certainly being directed to non-game activities.