College Student Hunting-Fishing License Proposed In Alabama
Twenty-two states already have such legislation
The Outdoor Wire reports Alabama state Senator Tom Whatley pre-filed a bill last month, which would authorize nonresident college students in Alabama to purchase a hunting or fishing license at the same cost as a resident, under certain conditions.
According to the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation:
- 22 states have implemented legislation allowing non-resident college students to purchase hunting and/or angling licenses at resident prices.
- College hunting licenses are particularly beneficial in western states where the price of an out-of-state big game tag is costly, and the chance of being drawn for a license as an out-of-state resident is low.
- Unlike other non-resident hunters, college students spend most of their time (and money) in their college or university’s state, thus the rationale for charging significantly more for a non-resident tag does not apply to the same degree as it does for more traditional non-resident hunters.
Texas does not offer such a license.
The Foundation believes such licenses offer a way to recruit and retain hunters and anglers, and that more state law makers should promote such legislation.