Non-resident hunters will be taking a hit in the wallet starting with the 2015-16 seasons after its wildlife board approved a sizeable increase in the cost of hunting licenses.
And it’s not just a little increase. Fifty bucks for an annual (all-season) license may make some hunters think twice.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has approved an increase in several non-resident hunting and fishing license fees. The Non-Resident Annual All Game license will be increased from $300 to $350.
The Non-Resident 1-Day All Game License will now cost $55, the 3-day license will be $125 and the 5-day license will be increased to $180. The Non-Resident Annual Small Game License will be increased from $80 to $110 and the Non-Resident 5-Day Small Game License is $70, up from $55. The new non-resident license fee will go into effect March 1.
The commission also moved forward with the creation of three annual resident licenses for resident outdoorsmen who are 65 and older. The AGFC will petition and work with members of the Arkansas General Assembly and the Bureau of Legislative Research towards the creation of the licenses.
The three potential licenses will be a Resident 65-Plus Annual Fishing License, a Resident 65-Plus Annual Sportsman’s Hunting License and a Resident 65-Plus Annual Combination License. The Resident 65-Plus Annual Fishing License will be priced at $3.50, a Resident 65-Plus Annual Sportsman’s Hunting License priced at $3.50 and a Resident 65-Plus Annual Combination License priced at $4.50. These proposed licenses will be in addition to the existing AGFC lifetime licenses.