August 7, 2015

Interest Continues To Grow in Hunting, Fishing and ATVing in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Fishing, Hunting and ATV riding are increasing in popularity in Maine, and while the exact numbers are not finalized, funds from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, ATV registrations and the moose lottery have increased over last year by nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($700,250). ?The increased revenue shows a rising interest in fishing, hunting and ATVing,? said Governor Paul R. LePage. ?Maine?s natural resources are unequalled in the east, and the rising interest in these outdoor sports shows that more people are enjoying all that Maine offers.?

With the fiscal year ending on June 30, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife saw a marked increase in revenue in several categories.

 Hunting and fishing combination license revenue is up by 6% over last year, an increase of $222,443 over last year.

 Fishing license revenue is up by 7% over last year, generating $5,591,188 in revenue.

 ATV riding revenue continues to increase, with revenue up 6% over last year.

?Even with all the choices in today?s interconnected world, interest in Maine?s traditional outdoor pursuits continue to grow,? said IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock.

Overall, the department generated $22,169,289 in revenue from the sale of licenses, registrations and permits, up 3% from last years $21,469,039.

Over 90% of the annual IFW budget comes from sportsman?s dollars. The overall IFW budget is comprised of three parts: general fund, federal grant funds and other special revenue funs. General fund appropriations equaling the amount of revenue earned from license sales, registrations, fees and other items are constitutionally protected, requiring the IFW general fund appropriation in any fiscal year not be less than the revenues collected by IFW.