MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Starting Monday, Alabama will have sets of licenses available for hunters and anglers. They range for a set for people who want to fish off of piers to one for those who do everything.
The packages aren’t discounted but make purchases more convenient for the 2020-2021 seasons, David Rainer, a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said in an email.
“We’re trying to make it easier on people who are hunting and fishing in Alabama, especially non-residents or new hunters and anglers who don’t really know exactly what they need,” Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes said in a news release. “People can go online and look for what activity they want to do, and we’re providing everything they need to do it with one click.”
All current licenses expire on Aug. 31.
The “all-access package” with every state hunting and fishing license, stamp and endorsement together costs $127.95 for residents and $533.25 for non-residents.
The least expensive, at $16.45 for residents, is the annual saltwater pier fishing package. It includes saltwater angler registration and pier fishing and saltwater reef fish endorsements. The department notes that the Gulf State Park Pier charges additional permit fees.
The all-access hunting package, at $73.15 or $407.45, includes licenses for all game hunting, access to wildlife management areas, and bait privilege, as well as the state duck stamp and harvest information program stamp.
The all access fishing package includes endorsements for freshwater and saltwater fishing, for saltwater reef fish and for spearfishing. It’s $54.80 and $125.80.
The saltwater spear fishing package is $40.75 for residents. There’s also an annual reef fishing package and one for a seven-day reef fishing trip, at $34.75 and $20.30 for residents.
“It helps people make sure they have everything necessary to legally participate in an activity,” said Marine Resources Director Scott Bannon.