Virginia Offers Increased Options, Decreased Costs: Multi-year License Discount Goes into Effect January 1, 2012

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The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will introduce reduced pricing for resident annual hunting, trapping and freshwater fishing licenses for two-, three- and four-year periods beginning January 1, 2012. Purchasers will save $2 for each additional year over the first since the license price is reduced $1 and the associated $1 license agent fee will be saved.

Multi-year licenses will only apply to three RESIDENT licenses (the annual Basic Hunting, Trapping and Freshwater Fishing Licenses) during this pilot program. DGIF Chief Operating Officer Matt Koch said, "We are excited to offer this new option to our customers who have told us that this will be a convenience for them and save them money. Once the success of this pilot program is proven, the Department will consider expanding the multi-year offer to more licenses." Cost for one year of an annual resident basic hunting or freshwater fishing license is $23; two years will be $44; three years will be $65; and four years will be $86. Cost for the resident trapping license for one year is $46; two years will be $90; three years will be $134; and four years will be $178.

Licenses can be purchased online at, by calling 1-866-721-6911 during business hours, or at any license agent. DGIF has a network of more than 700 license agents statewide at most sporting goods stores and bait shops.

It is the mission of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth; to provide opportunity for all to enjoy wildlife, inland fish, boating, and related outdoor recreation and to work diligently to safeguard the rights of the people to hunt, fish and harvest game as provided for in the Constitution of Virginia; to promote safety for persons and property in connection with boating, hunting and fishing; to provide educational outreach programs and materials that foster an awareness of and appreciation for Virginia's fish and wildlife resources, their habitats, and hunting, fishing and boating opportunities.