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Ernie Chambers

Hunting, tourism groups support hike to Nebraska permit fees

Hunters and anglers in Nebraska might have to pay more for permits under a bill endorsed Wednesday by sporting groups, conservationists and the tourism industry.

The groups argued during a legislative hearing that the measure would help the Game and Parks Commission pay its operational costs, which have risen because of private land donations and the growing popularity of trails and outdoor recreation.

The measure by Sen. John McCollister of Omaha would increase the caps on various fees the commission can charge under state law.

McCollister said most of the caps have been in place since 2003, and the commission's activities generate significant economic benefits for...