License Fee Increases

New Hunting and Fishing License Fees Go Into Effect July 1

Effective July 1, 2011, some hunting and fishing license fees will be increasing in Virginia. This was the first license fee increase since 2006 and only the second license fee increase for hunting and fishing since 1988.

The basic annual fishing and hunting licenses for adult Virginia residents will increase from $18 to $23 which includes the $1 license agent fee. Annual youth licenses will not increase. Non-resident fees for similar licenses were increased by the same percentage as the resident fees. For a list of fishing and hunting licenses and the fees to purchase them, including the cost for non-residents, visit http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/licenses/fees/.

The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries enacted the fee increase at their May 3, 2011 meeting with an effective date of July 1. At that same time they created a facility use permit for Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) wildlife management areas or public fishing lakes that will go into effect January 1, 2012. Anyone over 16 years old who does not have an annual hunting, fishing, or trapping license or a boat registration will need this new use permit. Users will have the choice of paying $4 for a daily pass or $23 for an annual pass to all VDGIF facilities.

For information about angling, boating, hunting and wildlife watching in Virginia, visit the Department’s website at www.dgif.virginia.gov.

It is the mission of the VDGIF to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the Constitution of Virginia; to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; to provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia’s fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing, and boating opportunities.

From the VDGIF Website:

Resident Licenses

Fishing

Description CURRENT Total Price As of July 1 Total Price
65 and older Freshwater Fishing $7.00 $9.00
State Freshwater Fishing $18.00 $23.00
Trout Fishing $18.00 $23.00
County/City Freshwater Fishing $11.00 $16.00
5-Day Freshwater Fishing $11.00 $14.00
Individual Saltwater Sport Fishing $17.50 $17.50
10-Day Saltwater Sport Fishing $10.00 $10.00
Saltwater Boat Sport Fishing $48.00 $48.00
State Fresh/Saltwater Fishing $35.00 $40.00
5-Day Fresh/Saltwater Fishing $21.00 $24.00
County Dip Net $4.50 $4.50

Hunting & Trapping

Description CURRENT Total Price As of July 1 Total Price
Sportsman’s Hunting and Fishing
(Freshwater fishing, trout, hunting, big game tags, muzzleloader, archery and crossbow)
$120.00 $133.00
Apprentice Hunting $11.00 $11.00
County/City Hunting $11.00 $16.00
State Hunting $18.00 $23.00
Bear, Deer, & Turkey (July 1 – June 30) $18.00 $23.00
Junior Hunting $8.50 $8.50
Archery $18.00 $18.00
Junior Bear, Deer, & Turkey (July 1 – June 30) $8.50 $8.50
Muzzleloader $18.00 $18.00
Bonus Deer $18.00 $18.00
Junior Combination Hunting $16.00 $16.00
65 and older Hunting $7.00 $9.00
65 and older Trapping $7.00 $9.00
Crossbow $18.00 $18.00
County Trapping $16.00 $21.00
State Trapping $41.00 $46.00
Junior State Trapping $11.00 $11.00

Non-Resident

Fishing

Description CURRENT Total Price As of July 1 Total Price
State Freshwater Fishing $36.00 $47.00
Trout Fishing $36.00 $47.00
5-Day Freshwater Fishing $16.00 $21.00
Individual Saltwater Fishing $25.00 $25.00
10-Day Saltwater Fishing $10.00 $10.00
Saltwater Boat Sport Fishing $76.00 $76.00
Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing $60.50 $71.00
5-Day Fresh/Saltwater Fishing $26.00 $31.00

Hunting & Trapping

Description CURRENT Total Price As of July 1 Total Price
Apprentice Hunting $21.00 $21.00
3-Day Hunting $46.00 $60.00
State Hunting $86.00 $111.00
Bear, Deer, & Turkey (July 1 – June 30) $66.00 $86.00
Shooting Preserve $18.00 $23.00
Archery $31.00 $31.00
Muzzleloader $31.00 $31.00
Hunt – Youth Under 12 $13.00 $13.00
Hunt – Youth 12-15 $16.00 $16.00
B-D-T – Youth Under 12 (July 1 – June 30) $13.00 $13.00
B-D-T – Youth 12 – 15 (July 1 – June 30) $16.00 $16.00
Youth Combination Hunting $31.00 $31.00
Bonus Deer $31.00 $31.00
Crossbow $31.00 $31.00
Foxhound Training Preserve $18.00 $18.00
State Trapping $156.00 $206.00

Miscellaneous

Description CURRENT Total Price As of July 1 Total Price
National Forest $4.00 $4.00
Public Access Lands for Sportsmen $18.00 $18.00
Virginia State Forest Use Permit $16.00 $16.00
Floating Blind License $41.00 $41.00
Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp $10.00 $10.00
     
Crooked Creek Fee Fishing $6.50 $9.00
Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing $6.50 $9.00
Douthat State Park Fee Fishing $6.50 $9.00
     
Saltwater Boat Sport Fishing (Transfer) $5.00 $5.00
Saltwater Recreational Use Fish Cast Net $10.00 $10.00
Saltwater Recreational Use Fish Dip Net $7.00 $7.00
Saltwater Recreational Use Five Crab Pots $36.00 $36.00
Saltwater Recreational Use Crab Trotline $10.00 $10.00
Saltwater Recreational Use 300 Ft Gill Net $9.00 $9.00
Saltwater Recreational Use Two Eel Pots $10.00 $10.00

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