Bill Would Allow For Lifetime Hunting, Fishing Licenses

Alaska residents could get lifetime hunting and fishing licenses under a bill proposed in the state House.

Rep. Les Gara says his bill, HB157, should save on paperwork and make the process more convenient.

The bill leaves determination of license costs to the Department of Fish and Game. But it says the amount of revenue collected should not be less than if the department didn’t issue lifetime licenses.

Gara envisions Alaskans paying the same as they would if there were no lifetime licenses. That is, if a person gets a lifetime license when he is 30, he would pay the equivalent of 30 years’ of licenses. At age 60, there currently is no cost.

If someone buys a lifetime license, he or she must remain a resident to use it.