DNR announces increased fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses

INDIANA – The Indiana DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife announced Friday that fees for hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses will go up next year for the first time since 2006.

Commercial license fees also increase, some for the first time since the 1980s.

The fee increases will impact personal licenses purchased for the 2022-2023 license year, which runs from April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023. Those licenses go on sale in January.

There will be no increase for licenses for the current year, which runs through March 31, 2022, even if the license is bought after Jan. 1, 2022, DNR said in a release.

A combination hunting and fishing license for Indiana residents will now cost $32, up from $25. An annual fishing license increases from $17 to $23 and an annual hunting license will now cost $20, up $3 from previous years.

The only license that isn’t increasing is the annual senior fishing license, which will still be $3, though a senior “fish-for-life” license is increasing from $17 to $23.

Non-residents will see larger increases, including paying $60 for an annual fishing license, a $25 increase, and $90 for an annual hunting license, up to $10 from previous years.

The new fees allow the Division of Fish & Wildlife to maintain core programs including habitat restoration, maintenance of public lands, scientific research and education, and expansion of other services to manage Indiana’s fish and wildlife.

Funds will also go to the DNR Division of Law Enforcement to ensure it is equipped to provide public safety and enforce the laws governing natural resources.