Changes to Sportsman License Costs and Free Fishing Day in Tennessee

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the cost for a lifetime sportsman license for children 3 years of age and under is going to increase by 60 percent effective July 1, 2021. According to the TWRA website the lifetime sportsman license is “an all-inclusive lifetime license valid for hunting, trapping, and sport fishing without any supplemental state licenses or permits.” 

For parents of young children that hope to one day take their child hunting or fishing with them, you may want to consider purchasing their license before June 30, 2021, because after that date the price for one of these lifetime licenses will increase from 200 to 320 dollars. Hunting and fishing licenses go on sale on February 18 each year, the beginning of prime fishing, and are valid until the last day of February the following year. 

The price for a lifetime sportsman license at every other age range will remain the same and the change seems to be coming out of nowhere, but the change will affect those who want to purchase a license for their young child. However, the price does drastically increase for those who wait to buy their license until their child is 4 years old as the price increases to 659 dollars for children between the ages of 4 and 7. 

On the bright side, those who have not gone yet to purchase a sportsman or fishing license can still go out and enjoy some fishing this summer. The free fishing day is June 12, 2021, and the Kimball ponds are open to people of all ages with or without a license. The week following Free Fishing Day is Free Fishing Week, where children 15 years and younger can fish all week in Tennessee public waters.

6 responses to “Changes to Sportsman License Costs and Free Fishing Day in Tennessee”

  1. Sandra Moore says:

    This is so not right. Children need a license to fish?
    Are you kidding me? These are kids wanting to have family fun. Oh wait I forgot, this is the newAmerica now where everything comes with a price or robs us of our freedom.

  2. Kathy Crowe says:

    Will I still get the $200 price if my child’s application is postmarked on June 30,2021?

  3. GARY BEAM says:

    Looks like a money shakedown for kids license.

    • Jeff says:

      The purchased made is an investment in the child’s hopeful future hunts and fishing. The lifetime sportsman’s license is one charge for the lifetime of the individual it is purchased for. I pay $165 a year each year for the same sportsman’s license. I am now 56 years old and it is not beneficial to purchase a lifetime license. It’s simple math for those who can afford to take the chance the child will hunt and/or fish someday.

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