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Don’t Throw Out Last Year’s Deer License

From the Jackson Citizen Patriot:

To most hunters, the licenses needed to score a buck might seem useless once deer season is over.
Not so for Greg Woodland. The Pleasant Lake man treasures the licenses like many hunters treasure an eight-point rack. . . .

Woodland, 54, is president of the Michigan Hunting & Fishing License Collectors Club, a niche group with about 125 members from several Midwest states. . . .

[T]he holy grail of hunting licenses, an 1897 Michigan deer license with all five coupons -- which allowed for five deer to be killed during a season -- still attached, would sell for about $3,000, Woodland said.


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I still have every license for the last 31 years folded up in an old pack that was given to me many, many years ago. Some have all the Waterfowl Stamps on them and of course some do not, but I enjoy having those licenses from all the years gone by........it reminds me that I should have bought a Kansas Lifetime License about 30 years ago.....but who knew!


I keep everyone of mine, even the leg tags (transportation tags that you put on the leg of the deer and turkey once it is harvested) I peel it away and stick it back on the license itself. I have hunted in a lot of different States, for elk and deer. In Colorado, you need to keep your conservation permit for the next year you hunt there. It's proof of the previous year. You don't have to keep it but it will cost you another $8 dollars for another one if you go back. At the end of the season I put them in a drawer. One of these years I'll organize them.
I lived in Kansas for 3 years and I also regret not buying a life time license. I did shoot my biggest bucks there, on public land I might add. I only saw a few bow hunters there the first week of the season, after that I had it all to myself. (13,000 acres)That tag is still attatched to the rack of that deer (162 5/8) I even keep licenses of other hunters that don't want them. They don't see the value I guess. Once their dad passes away I'll give those tags to their sons. I bet they will see the value of them then


My mother has kept the invitations she has received to a private deer hunt since she started going, some 40+ years ago. Each one includes a list of everyone invited to that years' hunt. Every fall when it arrives I always find myself going through the collection....

Nathan Pinney

Going through an old ammo box that belonged to my grandfather I found his last deer tags. California tags for two deer un-used dated 1962.

David Harcrow

I have all my hunting license from the time I was 16yrs.,and a few fishing license, not all with tags still attached,I'm 49yrs. now.

My first fishing licence was $3.50, hunting was $5.00, here in Arkansas, now there $10.50 and $25.00

Funny thing happen a few yrs. back , was checked by a Conservation Officer (Game Warden as i still call them) stop me and asked for my license, ......

showed him one and he said it was last yrs., I told him let me LQQK around here n my wallet, I said here try this one,.........

"He said how many you got there, I said all of them, He LQQKed surprized, He said who's are they?, I said mine, He said let me see.......I showed him all my license from the past 31 yrs. at the time, ...He said i've seen alot of things in my yrs. but never nothing like this!"

He just chuckled and went on his way!

David Harcrow
Arkansas Hunter

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