Few nonresident hunters in Idaho, Mont.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Fewer out-of-state hunters are traveling to Idaho and Montana in search of deer and elk, costing fish and game agencies millions of dollars in fees.
The Spokesman-Review said Thursday that weather, wolves, politics and the economy are depressing the number of out-of-state hunters who would normally be flocking to the two states. Nonresidents pay up to 15 times more than residents for the privilege to hunt big game.
Hardest hit are rural towns where nonresident hunters book motel rooms, eat at restaurants and support numerous other businesses.
But losses are huge in state license revenue alone.
Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com