New law simplifies hunting and fishing license program
Rick Snyder signed a new law Tuesday that will make it more convenient to purchase hunting and fishing licenses.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources will change the types of licenses it offers. This law will also provide millions in revenue for DNR operations.
n years past
the process of getting licenses for fishing and hunting was complicated.
here were 227 different types of licenses
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.
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.
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.
he prices for these licenses vary
ome are going up and others down.
According to DNR officials, t
law will generate 18 million dollars a year in additional revenue for the department.
he new money will
go towards improvements for animal habitats and will help them hire additional DNR conservation officers.
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.