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New Voluntary Youth License Available For $5




July 3, 2002

New License Available For $5

JACKSON - Mississippi youth hunters and anglers now can have a hunting and fishing license just like adults, according to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

The new, voluntary license sells for $5 and was approved by the last session of the state Legislature.

It's available to Mississippi youth under 16 years of age who have successfully passed the state's hunter education course.

In addition, the Legislature provided $5 voluntary licenses for seniors over 65 and disabled hunters between 16 and 65.

"Our new volunteer license really came about as a request from the public, especially young people who wanted to show their support of our agency," Executive Director Dr. Sam Polles said.

"Those who choose to buy the new, voluntary license will be helping wildlife and fisheries management across Mississippi."

Mississippi receives federal aid funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for fisheries and wildlife projects based on taxes paid by hunters and anglers for various kinds of hunting and fishing equipment.

The amount of money Mississippi receives annually is based on a formula that considers
such things as the number of hunting and fishing licenses sold along with the total land area of the state.

The number of the voluntary licenses sold will now be used along with all other license types as part of this formula, Polles said.

The monies are used to fund various projects on state wildlife management areas, state lakes, hunter education, and boating education.

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