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      New law simplifies hunting and fishing license program

      T he Michigan Department of Natural Resources will change the types of licenses it offers.


      G

      overnor
      Rick Snyder signed a new law Tuesday that will make it more convenient to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.


      T

      he
      Michigan Department of Natural Resources will change the types of licenses it offers. This law will also provide millions in revenue for DNR operations.


      I

      n years past

      ,

      the process of getting licenses for fishing and hunting was complicated.

      T

      here were 227 different types of licenses

      .


      T

      he
      DNR thought that was number was excessive, so they knocked it down to 40.


      "

      It will just
      streamline the process, it will make it easier for you to go in and buy a license and not have to think about exactly what you need at that point," Lt. James Gorno, DNR Gaylord Operations Center said.


      O

      utdoors enthusiasts will now only need
      one all species fishing license, which gives you access to salmon, trout, and herring without having to buy additional tags.


      A

      nother change is that all hunters must now purchase a small game animal license for
      ten dollars. If you want to hunt bigger animals, you must pay for individual kill tags, which range in price.


      "

      I don't mind paying more and it sounds like we are getting more too

      ," Rick Cardew, hunter and fisherman said.


      T

      he prices for these licenses vary

      .



      S

      ome are going up and others down.


      According to DNR officials, t

      h

      is

      new
      law will generate 18 million dollars a year in additional revenue for the department.


      T

      he new money will
      go towards improvements for animal habitats and will help them hire additional DNR conservation officers.


      T

      he new law will not go into effect until
      March 1st, 2014. Prices under the old law will remain the same for the current hunting and fishing season.

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