Lifetime hunting and fishing licenses are available for youngsters 5 and younger and senior citizens 65 and older, according to Reps. Jeff Kaelin of Winterport and R. Kenneth Lindell of Frankfort.

This investment in a lifetime license will allow the holder to fish and/or hunt for their entire life at a reduced cost, regardless of future changes in residency. Furthermore, the revenues generated by the sale of these licenses will be deposited in a special trust fund that will provide long-term financial support for Maine’s fish and wildlife.

“Now is a good time to buy your child or grandchild a lifetime license,” said the representatives. “They will never have to purchase another one for the rest of their life. That’s a tremendous bargain.”

Under current law, a lifetime license issued to a child under 6 will allow hunting from 10-15. At that time the license holder will complete a hunter education course and exchange the license for a new lifetime adult hunting license.

The cost for either a hunting, fishing or archery license for those 5 and younger is $150. For a combination license to hunt and fish the cost is $250. A fishing, hunting and archery license combined is $400.

A junior resident license is also available for residents 6-15. The fee for a junior resident lifetime fishing or hunting license is $300. A combination license for a junior resident to hunt and fish is $500. The cost of the junior resident lifetime combination fishing, hunting and archery license is $800.

Residents 65-69 years of age may apply for a senior resident lifetime fishing or hunting license. The fee for the senior resident lifetime license is $50 for a person who purchases the license in the year in which that person turns 65, $40 for a person who purchases the license in the year in which that person turns 66, $30 for a person who purchases the license in the year in which that person turns 67, $20 for a person who purchases the license in the year in which that person turns 68 and $10 for a person who purchases the license in the year in which that person turns 69. For a person 70 or older the cost is $8 for each license. Combination lifetime licenses for fishing and hunting or fishing, hunting and archery are slightly more for each age.

Applications may be obtained through the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, janus.state.me.us/ifw/homepage.htm.

For further information, call 287-8000.