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New License Structure Goes Into Effect March 1

February 5th, 2014

Starting March 1, 2014, hunting, fishing and ORV license prices will change. The new price structure will create a simpler, efficient license buying process. The money will go towards improving hunting and fishing opportunities through better habitat, and making trails safer for ORV riders. Find out what these changes mean for you and which license(s) you’ll need next time you go hunting, fishing or ORV riding by visiting the DNR’s website with all of the information.

The biggest change will be the newly created base license, which is required for all hunters and trappers in order to buy any specific licenses. The base license will authorize the holder to hunt small game ($11 for adults, $6 for juniors, $5 for seniors). Deer hunters will have to decide whether they want to buy one deer (buck) tag for $20 or two (combo) for $40 up front, and they will be able to use these through all archery and firearm deer seasons (eliminating the single archery and firearm deer licenses). The mentored youth hunting license package will still be $7.50 for youth under age 10 but will only include one deer tag now, along with a fishing license and base license, a spring turkey license, a fall turkey license and a fur harvester’s license. Everything else is pretty much the same, except the prices.

For anglers, only one license is necessary, which is good for all species ($26 for adults, $11 for seniors). There are still options for 24- and 72-hour fishing licenses as well.

A Combo Hunt/Fish license has been created that provides a base license, combo deer license, and fishing license for $76 for residents, $266 for nonresidents (this is a way better deal for non-residents than buying your licenses a la cart).

An ORV license ($26.25) is required on eligible county roads, state forest roads in the Upper Peninsula and eligible national forest roads as well as on the frozen surface of public waters. This license is required to operate anywhere off of private lands. In addition to the ORV license, an ORV trail permit (an additional $10 for a total of $36.25) is required when operating on designated and signed ORV trails, routes and scramble areas.

So those are the basics, but we are happy to provide more clarification or answer any questions you might have! Fire away below!

  • Tyrone

    Guess there will be more poaching this year…

    • Amy Trotter

      Part of the Game and Fish fund, plus a significant increase in General Fund in the DNR’s budget has allowed them to hire more Conservation Officers.

      • Dr. W. C. Courliss

        I suspect it will go in to a legislative fund that will NOT result in hiring more officers, but will be used for pet projects based upon legislative influences.

        • Amy Trotter

          They have already conducted the officer training that was part of the last budget, which will hire ~30 new CO’s this year. This money proposed for the FY 2015 will be to have another academy and hire 25 more on top of that, bringing the force to 227 CO’s. We are watching the implementation of the budget closely and working with the NRC on reporting the outcomes of the money.

          • Dr. W. C. Courliss

            OK,, thank you Amy……it’s a matter of ‘trust’ that the legislatures and governor have often intentionally violated in the past – even our own State Constitution!

  • Donald R Derby

    Senior Combo from $12 to $5.00 base + $28.00 Combo = $33.00. Probably won’t hunt this coming Firearms Deer season. :-(

    • Amy Trotter

      You can choose to buy only a single deer tag, with base which will cost only $13. Its the second deer tag that they made the same price ($20) for everyone, including seniors and juniors.

  • Nathan Lewis Miller

    Hopefully it puts more DNR on the roads securing the game we pursue against all poachers. Cry and complain all you want about higher fees to hunt and fish but remember where this money goes is right back into the things we love and do!

  • Stevens J Jacobs

    Ice fishing on fletcher pond and driving truck to shanty. Do I need orv sticker on truck ?

    • Amy Trotter

      You would need the ORV license ($26.25) if it was a typical ATV on frozen water, so I presume you would need it for a full sized truck as well, but I will confirm with the DNR on that.

    • Amy Trotter

      If you are using a Secretary of State licensed vehicle like a truck on a frozen body of water, you would not need an ORV license. If you were riding tht same truck on an ORV route (on state land), you would need both a ORV license and trail permit.

  • Dr. W. C. Courliss

    How much for a Senior Combo – hunt/fish license?

    • Amy Trotter

      There isn’t a specifically discounted Hunt/Fish Combo license for seniors, so you would need to buy them individually. It would be $5 base + 28 senior deer combo + 11 senior fish = $44. but if you only want 1 deer license, it would reduce down to only $24.

  • fred tebbets

    Senior Combo Lic. costs $76-($45.60 which is 60% disc) or $27.40…….correct?
    Does Combo lic. include small game, waterfowl, bear, wolf, Elk (if drawn in lottery), turkey, All Spec. fish including salmon & trout?

    • Amy Trotter

      There isn’t a specifically discounted Hunt/Fish Combo license for
      seniors, so you would need to buy them individually. It would be $5 base
      + 28 senior deer combo + 11 senior fish = $44. but if you only want 1
      deer license, it would reduce down to only $24.

      The Hunt/Fish Combo only includes base (small game), combo deer, and all species fishing. It does not include the other species.

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