Lifetime Licenses

This year the Louisiana Legislature approved restructuring of the hunting and fishing licenses offered residents of the state.  There is also a new fee structure.  The good news is that the new licenses are being offered on a lifetime basis.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is implementing a new fee structure for hunting and fishing licenses and boat registrations. The new fee structure streamlines the old process, reducing the number of licenses required for hunters and anglers. These changes will provide the agency with a more stable source of revenue, which is crucial to our ability to provide programs and services to the people of Louisiana.

LDWF said, “We have received many questions regarding the future of lifetime licenses in the wake of the recent legislative session. Act 356-HB 691, recently signed by Gov John Bel Edwards, 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 eliminate all lifetime licenses from the agency. Rather, it consolidates lifetime licenses into three types:

  1. Resident (including youth 17 and under) – $500
  2. Resident Lifetime Senior (65 and older) – $100
  3. Non-Resident Lifetime – $4,000

The new lifetime licenses will streamline and consolidate the old lifetime license structure and will include recreational hunting, fishing, and gear privileges. 

These new licenses will go on sale June 1, 2022. 

The current individual lifetime licenses (e.g. Resident Lifetime Fishing Only [$300] and Resident Lifetime Hunting Only [$300]) that are available through the current license structure will no longer be offered after May 31, 2022.

All current lifetime license holders will keep their existing privileges and they will not be converted into one of the new licenses.


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