Bill could allow multi-year hunting, fishing license

Bill could allow multi-year hunting, fishing license
This Aug. 28, 2012, photo shows an 18-inch rainbow trout caught at East Lake southwest of Bend, Ore. The arrival of dark, duck-like birds marks the coming of fall, according to longtime central Oregon fishing guide Joh Garrison. But one thing that has not changed is the consistent bait fishing on East Lake this summer. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Mark Morical)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon legislators are considering a bill to allow hunters and fishermen to buy licenses good for more than just one year.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/13ThD80) a House committee has recommended the bill for passage.

A Fish and Wildlife Department official says it could consider licenses good for up to five years at a discount of perhaps 10 percent of what five one-year licenses would cost. Hunters and fishermen wouldn't be subject to fee increases during the term of their licenses.

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.

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Information from: Mail Tribune

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