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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Arizona Game and Fish Department will offer new hunting and fishing license structure and pricing for 2014.

The department will condense the more than 40 license and stamp options to just six licenses and a single state migratory bird stamp beginning Jan. 1.

One of the biggest changes is the bundling of privileges for Fishing licenses and Combination Hunt/Fish licenses, according to a news release.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports the following changes to the license structure:

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the new General Fishing license will include not only the privileges of the current Class A fishing license, but also privileges for trout, two-pole fishing, and Community Fishing Program waters (formerly known as Urban Fishing Program waters). The license may also include fishing privileges for Colorado River waters that Arizona shares with Nevada and California (currently $3 for the stamp for each state), depending on whether negotiations AZGFD is having with those states are successful.

The price of the new General Fishing license will be $37 for residents. By comparison, if residents separately bought the above-listed privileges under the current license structure, those privileges would cost $69.75 ($23.50 for the Class A license, $15.75 for the trout stamp, $6 for the two-pole stamp, $18.50 for the Urban license, and $3 each for the Colorado River stamps for shared waters with California and Nevada). The new General Fishing license will also be less expensive and include more privileges than the current Super Fishing license, which costs $53 for residents. The Super Fishing license will be discontinued in 2014.

The nonresident price for the new General Fishing license will be $55. Those privileges, if purchased separately under the current license structure, would cost nonresidents $75 ($63 for the nonresident Super Fishing license, $6 for the two-pole stamp, and $3 each for the CA and NV Colorado River stamps). 

The price of the new Combination Hunt/Fish License will be $57 for residents. That price is only $3 more than the price of the current Class F Combo license, and the new license will now include all of the added privileges of the new General Fishing License (trout, two-pole, Community fishing, and possibly the CA and NV Colorado River stamps). The price for the new Combination Hunt/Fish license for nonresidents will be $160.

The licenses will be valid for one year from the date of purchase, rather than just for the calendar year.

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