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LICENSE INCREASE TAKES EFFECT
A new license increase for sportsmen went into effect last week and for
some it kind of slipped in under their radar. Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency had announced it several months ago and while it was
structured to kick in with across the board rises on July 1, there
wasn’t exactly a barrage of announcements reminding sportsmen of the
If you already purchased various licenses and permits back in late
February or early March---each year the annual expiration date is the
last day of February---then you’re good to go until next year. The
agency grandfathered in those who had already purchased licenses for the
rest of the license year.
Those who wait until late summer or early fall to buy hunting licenses
may get a bit of a surprise. And, those anglers visiting the Volunteer
State looking to purchase 3-day and 10-day nonresident fishing licenses
and others will have to dig deeper in their pockets.
For only the second time in 25 years, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources
Agency sought and received the okay to adjust the way hunting and
fishing licenses and fees are structured in order to maintain its
wildlife, fisheries and education programs. The proposal includes some
incremental fee increases and the inclusion of new user groups.
“This new fee structure will allow us to continue doing the good work we
do every day for Tennessee’s wildlife and fisheries into the foreseeable
future, without having further cuts to programs,” TWRA Director Ed
Carter said. “We don’t take these increases lightly, which is why this
is only the second time in 25 years that we’ve sought such an action.
But it’s the reality of today’s economy, and a burden we can all share
All new license fees, along with a comparison to the old prices, are
posted at www.tnwildlife.org or available at local license agents.
In summary, a few of the more popular licenses reflect the following
increase: the basic annual hunting and fishing combo increased from $28
to $34; Sportsmen’s tag increased from $136 to $166; waterfowl was $31
and will now be $38; youth hunt, fish, and trapping license went from $8
to $10 and nonresident all game went from $251 to $306.
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