Oregon considers multi-year hunting, fishing licenses

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SALEM — Oregon legislators are considering a bill to allow hunters and fishermen to buy licenses good for more than just a year, and perhaps at a discount.

The proposal could mean licenses for up to five years, maybe for 10 percent off the price of five one-year licenses, said Ron Anglin of the state Fish and Wildlife Department.

“It’s just a way to give a little break to people who know they will be hunting or fishing,” Anglin said. “If folks want to make that kind of investment up front, they’d have some certainty on cost.”

A House committee has recommended the bill for passage, the Medford Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/13ThD80 ) reported.

Currently, a one-year hunting license costs $29.50 and a one-year angling license costs $33. A combination license costs $58.

The Fish and Wildlife Department last sought a fee increase in 2009, saying the rates would last at least six years. “We’re on track for that,” said Curt Melcher, deputy director of the department.

Licenses are now limited by law to one year. The bill would allow the Fish and Wildlife Commission to sell them for longer periods and to set discounts.

If it passes, the department will start discussions with constituent groups about discounts, Melcher said

Ten states currently offer multiyear licenses, with many states offering a 10 or even 15 percent discount, he said.

Others, such as Idaho, offer multiyear licenses but no discounts, he said.

The Oregon bill also would give active-duty military members the chance to buy hunting and fishing licenses and most tags at resident costs.