Lifetime Sportsman and Lifetime Unified Sportsman licenses are now more affordable for North Carolinians aged 50-69.
Recent legislation now allows for older residents to purchase at half price Lifetime Sportsman licenses for $265 and Lifetime Unified Sportsman license, which includes fishing in coastal waters, for $358, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
“We are constantly identifying ways for North Carolinians to take advantage of our state’s wonderful fishing and hunting opportunities. After careful review, we determined offering a segment our lifetime licenses at a more affordable rate was an option we could pursue,” N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Cameron Ingram said in a statement. “We are grateful to be able to offer the new rates and hope eligible resident anglers and hunters will support wildlife conservation by taking advantage of the new pricing.”
A Lifetime Sportsman license allows for statewide hunting and inland fishing for residents. This license includes privileges for hunting for big game, hunting on game lands, hunting for waterfowl, fishing in Public Mountain Trout Waters, fishing in trout waters on game lands and fishing in joint waters but does not include the bear management e-stamp, nonresident bear license, federal duck stamp or fishing in coastal waters.
A Lifetime Unified Sportsman license allows for the same privileges as a Lifetime Sportsman license but also includes fishing in coastal waters.
Residents who receive Medicaid, food stamps, or Work First Family Assistance through the county Department of Social Services and fish for subsistence can receive a North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Coastal Recreational Fishing License waiver at no charge through their county’s Department of Social Services office.