The Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds state anglers and small-game hunters that 2008 fishing and combination fishing/hunting licenses remain valid through March 31. Beginning in 2009, annual licenses will run from April 1 through March 31 of the following year.
Senior citizens are the benefactors of another change. Beginning in April, annual fishing licenses for Colorado residents 65 and older are free. However, senior anglers are still subject to a 25-cent search-and-rescue surcharge and a 75-cent education surcharge, both of which are assessed at the time licenses are issued.
The search-and-rescue fee helps offset expenses incurred by law enforcement, medical personnel and volunteer organizations dispatched to assist lost or injured anglers, hunters, hikers and other backcountry users. The education surcharge funds the Wildlife Management Public Education Advisory Council, which informs the general public of the values associated with wildlife and habitat management.
“This year’s fishing and small game licenses are a real bargain,” said Tracy Predmore, a Customer Service Representative with the DOW. “The extra three months means that an ‘08 license doesn’t expire until March 31, 2009 and an ’09 license is good until March 31, 2010.”
The base price of an annual Colorado resident fishing license for anglers 16 to 64 is $26. A small game license is $21. A combination fishing and small game license is $41.
Once more, anglers or hunters with 2008 fishing or small game licenses may use them through the end of March 2009. The DOW changed the ending date because many small game seasons start in the autumn of one year and continue through into spring of the next.