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No break for early license purchases

Hunting and fishing licenses for 2010 are now on sale and they include the new fee increases voted on by the Oregon Legislature. Why are the higher fees in place now, even though it's not 2010 yet?

— B.F., e-mail submission

You're not catching any financial break for buying your licenses and tags early, B.F.

Unlike state parks passes and other pre-New Year offerings, the 2010 fishing and hunting licenses and tags reflect the new fee increases regardless of when they are bought.

"You're buying a license for 2010, and the prices are for 2010," says Michelle Dennehy, wildlife division spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Salem.