August 1, 2013

AZ Game and Fish Considering Overhaul of Licensing

Department's commission meeting Saturday to vote on proposed changes to fishing, hunting licenses.

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Officials with the Arizona Game and Fish Department are planning to change the state’s hunting and fishing licenses.

The department's commission will meet Saturday morning to vote on a possible restructure plan, which would simplify licensing by lowering the number of licenses and stamps from 44 to nine.

The public has until then to comment on such plan.

Ben Alteneder, community and congressional relations at Arizona Game and Fish, said the department was in great need of simplifying its licenses and number of stamps.

“(If approved) you (can get) a license and go hunting, or you get a license and go fishing, really simple," he said.

Each license would cost more, but would include more privileges.

For instance, fishing licenses would go up from $23 to $37, but fishermen would no longer have to buy stamps for activities including trout fishing or fishing in special bodies of water, such as urban lakes or the Colorado River.

Alteneder said the changes will probably happen thanks to the overwhelming support they have received from sportsmen, as well as hunting and fishing associations. If approved, they would go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

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