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Hunting and Fishing License
The Division of Natural Resources offers several lifetime licenses. Resident lifetime hunting, trapping and fishing licenses serve in lieu of the equivalent annual license. Each license is printed on a credit-card size, plastic card stock. License buyers (except those buying the Senior Lifetime License – see below) have a choice of five background images. Those images include a white-tailed deer, a wild turkey, a black bear, a brook trout and a smallmouth bass.
Lifetime license holders with the old paper license may upgrade to the new license for a $6 fee, which is dedicated to the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Current license holders wishing to upgrade should contact the DNR License Unit at (304) 558-2758 or email email@example.com.
Senior Lifetime License
Resident hunters, trappers and anglers who turn 65 on or after January 1, 2012 are required to buy a Senior Lifetime License (Class XS). The license is printed on credit-card size, plastic card stock and includes an image of a brook trout and black bear.
Applications are available at all DNR offices and license agents. The applications must be mailed with a check or money order to the DNR South Charleston office. An applicant who is 65 years of age can retain the yellow copy to use as a license until they receive their permanent card. The permanent license is usually mailed to the applicant in less than two weeks. A person can apply for the license 90 days before their 65th birthday but the license is not valid until they turn 65 years of age.
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