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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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