View Full Version : Should I buy A Lifetime Hunting License?

Flux Capacitor
05-30-2007, 9:06 PM
I've only hunted once with no success but I like being out there a lot looking for a deer or a wild hog to nail. The cost of a lifetime license is pretty expensive, but I think I may thank myself later for it. Do any of you have this? I am thinking about getting the Lifetime Big Game Hunting as Well. What do you guys think?

05-30-2007, 9:40 PM
how much is it?

Flux Capacitor
05-30-2007, 9:47 PM
how much is it?

Annual Fees (if you buy normally): Resident Hunting License $ 37.30

Resident First-Deer Tag Application $ 24.95

Lifetime Hunting License

Ages 0-9 $ 414.75
Ages 10-39 $ 681.75
Ages 40-61 $ 613.50
Ages 62+ $ 414.75

Lifetime Big Game Hunting Privileges $ 505.75

Lifetime licensees who purchase the Big Game Hunting Privileges receive a One-Deer Tag Application and five Wild Pig Tags each year for life.

05-30-2007, 10:33 PM
If you are 10-39 and plan on living/hunting here for over 18 more years then it is worth it

If you are 40-61 and plan on living/hunting here for over 16 more years then it is worth it

05-30-2007, 11:45 PM
Actually I think the break even is much closer to 10 yrs as the prices of license keep escalating each year but with a LTL you lock in your costs now. I have one and I bought my kid's LTLs three years ago. Looking back at the payment forms that I saved then, the prices were $300 for under 10yrs and $495 for 10-39 yr olds then. Today those prices are $415 and $682. In three years from now, I think those same license will be $600 and $800+. So by getting a LTL now, you do lock in your costs and you do get a faster payback than 18 yrs. When you start adding in the big game tags and bird stamps, the savings just gets better overtime.

I think it is by far the best thing for a young kid to get but anyone that routinely buys a license each year will benefit.

Edit to add:

Also the Big Game upgrade was $310 then vs $506 now.

05-30-2007, 11:53 PM
Are you going to hunt at least 8 more years?
I penciled it out for myself (age 41) last week.
It works out to just over 6 1/2 years not counting inflation.
That's lifetime w/big game and bird. You get upland stamp, CA duck stamp, 1st deer and 5 pig each and every year. Add it all up and payoff is less than 7 years.
Next year I will be buying a lifetime. Kicking myself for doing the math 2 weeks AFTER getting my 2007.
Less than 40? It's probably less than one year more.
For a kid, it's a nobrainer if they are going to hunt.
It's even still good if you move out of state.

My math
Current annual cost 37.30+24.95+5*17.85+16.00+7.60=202.95
That equals 6.69 years

Lifetime Hunting License

Ages 0-9 $ 414.75 /37.30 =11.11yrs (Juniors are 9.70, use adult for math)
Ages 10-39 $ 681.75 /37.30=18.28yrs
Ages 40-61 $ 613.50 /37.30=16.44yrs
Ages 62+ $ 414.75 / 37.30 =11.12 yrs This may not be a good buy.

The payoff really comes in the add-ons
Lifetime Big Game Hunting Privileges $ 505.75 / 24.95+5*17.85 =114.2 = 4.43 yrs
Lifetime Bird 238.75 / 16+7.60=33.6 = 7.10yrs

05-31-2007, 12:07 AM
.... Kicking myself for doing the math 2 weeks AFTER getting my 2007....

Don't fret. If you go ahead and buy a lifetime license this year, even though you already bought a standard license, they will refund you the money for it. This happened to me and about 2 months later I received a check in the mail from the state. Ms. Winn at DFG is the person you need to talk to about the LTL and she will get things set straight for you. If you wait until next year, it will cost even more as there is an automatic inflation rate built into the prices. It will go up!

And you are correct in that the more options you get, the better the payback. I actually bought a full sportsman's license with all the options on both the hunting and fishing sides. I have never regretted that decision.

On the feature that this license and TAGS are forever yours, regardless of where you live in the world is the only one like it. All of the other states only let you keep the resident status for the license but make you pay non-resident fees for the tags...not CA. That is one reason I got it for the kids, it will always be valid if they move out of the state.

05-31-2007, 8:46 AM
It was a great deal because the next year they raised prices substantially on the cost of licenses. When I have kids, that'll be the first thing I get them.

If you also fish, you might want to consider the lifetime fishing license.