A bill to allow Minnesotans to buy lifetime fishing and hunting licenses has passed both houses of the Legislature and is expected to be signed by the governor.
The bill authored in House by Rep. Larry Howes, R-Hackensack, passed in the House last week. His plan would create lifetime licenses that would be priced according to age. Prices for lifetime fishing licenses would be $227 for age 3 and under, $300 for ages 4-15, $383 for ages 16-50 and $203 for those 60 years of age and older. The same age categories for of lifetime small game hunting licenses would go for $217, $290, $363 and $213, respectively.
Lifetime license holders would still have to pay annually for special permits such as a trout stamp and lifetime deer hunters would still have to apply for deer tags each year.
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