NC hunting/fishing license fees to increase on Jan. 1


Increased fees start with the new year

Hunters and fishermen in North Carolina will pay a fee increase in 2020 to get in the woods or on the lakes and rivers.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced an increase to license fees a few months ago. They will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Most license fees will increase by a few dollars, whether they’re short-term, annual, or lifetime licenses.

Here is a list of some of the new license fees (with 2019 fees in parentheses).

  • Short-term inland fishing: $9 ($7);
  • Short-term coastal recreational fishing: $7 ($5);
  • Annual inland fishing: $25 ($20);
  • Annual coastal recreational fishing: $18 ($15);
  • Annual inland/coastal fishing: $43 ($40);
  • Annual instate hunting: $25 ($20);
  • Annual comprehensive hunting $39 ($36);
  • Annual hunting preserve: $22 ($20);
  • Annual hunting/inland fishing combination: $35 ($25);
  • Annual sportsman license: $53 ($50);
  • Annual unifed sportsman: $69 ($65).

Separate trout licenses will no longer be available, as trout-fishing privileges are now included in the inland fishing license.

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Dan Kibler
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Dan Kibler is managing editor of Carolina Sportsman Magazine. If every fish were a redfish and every big-game animal a wild turkey, he wouldn’t ever complain. His writing and photography skills have earned him numerous awards throughout his career.

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