SALT LAKE CITY — Outdoor enthusiasts 14 to 17 years old might not have to pay as much to fish or hunt in Utah next year.
And anglers who enjoy fishing with two fishing poles might not have to pay for that extra privilege at all.
On Aug. 22, the Utah Wildlife Board approved several fishing and hunting license changes. If the Utah Legislature approves the changes during its 2014 session, the changes would likely go into effect July 1.
Kenny Johnson, Administrative Services Section chief for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the changes will save the families of young anglers and hunters some money. “The changes will also provide us with the funding we need to continue providing quality fishing and hunting opportunities despite the rising cost of doing business,” he said.
Right now, an angler who turns 14 must buy the same license adults buy. The DWR approved a separate license for young anglers, a 365-day license that would cost $16.
The board also approved an increase in the cost of a 365-day fishing license for those 18 to 64 years old, from $26 to $34. A combination license, which allows the holder to fish and hunt, would increase from $30 to $38.
A combination license for those 14 to 17 years of age would be available for $20.
The DWR also approved that anglers would not be required to buy a separate two-pole permit if they want to fish with two fishing poles. Anyone with a Utah fishing license could fish with two poles at no extra cost. If approved, the license fee increase would be the first fishing license fee increase in Utah since 2003. Right now, a two-pole permit costs $15.
The increased cost for a combination license would not affect those 65 years of age or older. Instead of paying $38 for a combination license, senior citizens could get one for $29.
The board additionally approved a proposal that would allow anglers and hunters to buy licenses that are valid for two, three, four or five years.
A multiyear fishing or hunting license would cost $33 for every year the license covered. For example, a two-year fishing license would cost $66.
A multiyear combination license would also be available for $37 a year.