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Idaho considers three-year hunting and fishing licenses

HUNTING/FISHING -- Die-hard outdoorsmen would have the option of purchasing a three-year hunting or fishing license under a proposal that passed the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee Wednesday, according to a story in the Lewiston Tribune.

The cost of the license would be three times the cost of an annual pass, so there’s no savings there. However, people would only pay one vendor service fee, which would save them $3.50 compared to the cost of buying a pass every year.

Sharon Kiefer with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said the agency has been investigating various opportunities to improve customer service. A survey of 9,500 hunters and anglers found relatively high interest in a three-year license option, particularly among sportsmen ages 18 to 24.

The bill will advance to the full Senate. If it passes the Legislature and is signed into law, the new licenses would become available July 1.

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