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Seniors may have to pay hunting, fishing fees

January 6, 2012

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— The tradition of giving free hunting and fishing license to senior citizens in Kansas might be coming to an end.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says it will ask the Legislature to remove the exemption for senior citizens.

The department will also ask that Kansans 65 and older no longer get reduced rates or exemptions for state park fees.

Department attorney Chris Tymeson said Thursday the agency will seek the changes in order to ensure continued funding.

He says the average age of sportsmen in Kansas continues to increase, costing the agency valuable revenue.

The Wichita Eagle reports that those currently exempt would not be grandfathered in.

Exemptions and reduced rates for landowners would continue.

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