The New York State Department of Environmental Conservationís (DEC) statement that the Conservation Fund that supports the vast majority of fish, wildlife, marine resources and habitat programs in the state is millions of dollars in deficit is true. The DEC also says that an across-the-board license increase must be implemented to keep programs from being drastically cut or eliminated. Admittedly, the last sporting license fee increase in New York was in 2002. In the intervening years since that increase, the number of licenses sold annually has dropped and administrative costs have risen. So it wouldnít take a rocket scientist to understand why such a deficit exists, at least on paper.