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Lifetime sportsman licenses now cheaper for older residents

North Carolinians ages 50 and older can now purchase lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for half price, following implementation of recent legislation. 

From now on, residents ages 50-69 will be able to buy a Lifetime Sportsman license for $265 or a Lifetime Unified Sportsman license for $358 — half of what those licenses cost prior to the change. 

“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,” said Executive Director Cameron Ingram of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

A Lifetime Sportsman license allows for statewide hunting and inland fishing, while the Lifetime Unified Sportsman license includes coastal waters fishing in addition to inland fishing and hunting. 

Licenses are available at, by calling 888.248.6834 or at a local wildlife service agent.

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