I just finished reading msbadger's post regarding her decision to not purchase certain licenses this year due to NYS increasing their license costs. That got me thinking about what license fees would cost in the various states represented here.
Let's just assume that everyone wants to hunt with a bow, a muzzle loader, and the shotgun/rifle season.
Let's also add spring turkey and small game licenses along with annual fishing. Being good stewards, we should also have at least one antlerless tag.
Here in Indiana, the new rules and prices have not yet been published, so I'm operating on 2008 information here.
Annual Hunting $17.00
Deer Gun $24.00
Deer Bow $24.00
Muzzle Loader $24.00
Antlerless Tag $24.00
Spring Turkey $25.00
Habitat Stamp $ 5.75
Annual fishing $17.00
To do all the above would cost you $161.75. We could buy a combo fishing/small game hunting and save $9.00 for a new total of $152.75.
(By the way, antlerless tag is $24.00 for the 1st one and $15.00 for any after that. Tag is good for any deer season)
Deer gun is buck only. Bow and ML deer licenses are one deer either sex. Bad part is that Indiana is a one buck state. Kill one with the bow like I did last year, and your recently purchased gun license becomes a $24.00 donation to the state. This year we're gonna wait until gun season opens before buying a license.
These prices seem kinda high to me. I've only been here two years now. When I left Alabama in 2007, I could still purchase a combination hunting / fishing license for $24.50. That license covered me for deer hunting whether I used a bow,rifle or muzzle loader. Add to that the limit of 2 deer a day for 74 days, and you can see where I'd get sticker shock in Indiana.
What does it cost where you live/hunt?