Fish and Game: We can't pay for search and rescue alone

Rescue crews use a ladder to reach a female boater stranded on an island in the Winnipesaukee River. 

Right now, hunters, anglers and owners of boats, snowmobiles and ATVs pick up the search and rescue tab through surcharges on their licenses, which raise about $180,000 a year. But that group represents just 14 percent of the people rescued in the last six years, Jordan said. Most often – 57 percent of that time – the department has helped find or rescue hikers and climbers, who pay nothing, Jordan said.

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