For the first time in 27 years, the North Carolina Wildlife Commission has raised the fee for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses.
The new fees went into effect on Friday.
The fees increased for short-term and annual licenses for the first time since 1987. There was no increase for residential lifetime licenses.
“The fee increase is part of a comprehensive plan passed by the legislature to move the Wildlife Commission toward fee-based self-sufficiency while reducing reliance on general fund tax appropriations,” said Commission Budget Director Tommy Clark in a press release.
The commission also made some other changes to its licensing procedures besides the change in the price. The duration of a short-term hunting license has increased from six days to 10 days, which will now match that of the short-term fishing license.
In addition to that, the eligibility requirements for senior citizens to obtain licenses increased by five years from 65 to 70 years of age for residents born after Aug. 1, 1953. The 65-year-old age requirement will remain in effect for those born before that date.
The cost for visitors from neighboring states to hunt has increased along the same lines as the local resident licensing. A non-resident, 10-day hunting license will now cost Georgia residents $60, South Carolina residents $75, Tennessee residents $70 and Virginia residents $110.
Overall, the N.C. Wildlife Commission hopes people will continue to take part in the many outdoor opportunities that the state has to offer.
“Without the support of our sportsmen and women, Commission staff would not be able to accomplish our management goals,” said Gordon Myers, the Commission Executive Director. “These increases in license fees will support wildlife, fisheries and land management directly, while also allowing us to continue our outreach to youth and disabled sportsmen, as well as introduce new participants to the wonderful outdoors.”
For more information on fishing, hunting and trapping licenses, call the N.C. Wildlife Commission at 888-248-6834 or go to www.ncwildlife.org/licensing.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87