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Fishing/Hunting License Changes

THERE WAS LEGISLATION PASSED LAST YEAR REQUIRING KANSAS RESIDENT HUNTERS AND ANGLERS AGE 65-74 TO PURCHASE HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES.  BEFORE THIS LAW RESIDENTS 65 AND OLDER WERE EXEMPT FROM FISHING AND HUNTING LICENSE REQUIREMENTS.  HOWEVER, HUNTERS AND ANGLERS 65 AND OLDER ARE OUR FASTEST GROWING AGE GROUP, AND CHANGES WERE NECESSARY TO ENSURE FEDERAL AID IS NOT LOST AND TO AVOID FUTURE BUDGET SHORTFALLS.  THE KANSANS THAT ALREADY HAVE A LIFETIME LICENSE WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW LAW – THEIR LICENSE IS GOOD FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.   THE LICENSES WILL GO ON SALE DECEMBER 14 AND THEY WILL BE VALID FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SEASON AND ALL OF 2013.  THE BEST BARGAIN IS THE SENIOR LIFETIME PASS, A COMBINATION HUNTING/FISHING LICENSE GOOD FOR THE REST OF THE HOLDERS LIFE THAT WILL COST $42.50, INCLUDING VENDOR AND ISSUANCE FEES.  RESIDENTS 65 AND OLDER CAN ALSO OPT FOR AN ANNUAL FISHING OR HUNTING LICENSE AT HALF THE REGULAR PRICE, $11.50, OR AN ANNUAL HUNTING/FISHING LICENSE FOR $20.50.  RESIDENTS 75 AND OLDER ARE EXEMPT.