License fees for hunting and fishing in Louisiana will increase next year for both commercial and recreational categories, as part of a bill that gained final approval from state lawmakers Tuesday, June 8.
The bill by state Rep. Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, will help stabilize the budget for the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
The fee hikes will generate $17 million in additional revenue for LDWF, starting with the budget year that begins July 1, 2022.
It will increase to about $19 million later in the fiscal year, according to a nonpartisan fiscal analysis of the bill.
The increase in licensing for commercial hunting and fishing will begin in January 2022 and gradually put into place by 2024.
It will streamline the system and lessen the number of licenses for sportsmen who hunt and fish across multiple categories.
Fishing licenses will increase from $9.50 to $17 but will cover the licensing for crab traps and crawfish traps, among other types of fishing.
A similar proposal two years ago failed to draw support from the House.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to sign the bill into law.
By comparison, fishing licenses in Mississippi range from $47 for the sportsman license, which does not include saltwater fishing.
All game hunting and freshwater fishing licenses – not including archery or crossbow – cost $27, while saltwater fishing licenses run $12.
Small-game hunting and freshwater fishing licenses sell for $12.
Non-resident licenses range from $31 for saltwater fishing to $64 for freshwater fishing.