Lifetime Licenses — Worth the Money?

IdahoTyler Caine, Jr. just made the deal of a lifetime, literally. According the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Boise native is now the proud owner of a lifetime hunting license — at only 5 months-old.

Well, obviously, his family made the purchase for him, but one day the young boy will be extremely grateful for the gift. As long Tyler stays an Idaho resident, once he reaches 10 years of age he can hunt without having to buy another license for the rest of his life.

The lifetime license cost his family $276.75. Today, a one-year hunting license for youth (10-17) is $7.25. Annual adult licenses cost $12.75. If prices stay the same throughout Tyler’s life (which is unlikely — they’ll continue to get more expensive), by the time he reaches 34 years of age, he’ll have just about broken even. Essentially, ever year after that he hunts for free.

While that may sound like a great deal for Tyler, if you’re like me and into your adult years, the lifetime license might not be the better option. At $386.75 for a lifetime license (purchased between the ages of 2 and 50), you’d need more than 30 good years of Idaho hunting ahead of you to make the purchase worth your money.

A lot can happen in 30 years. A lot. And, personally, I don’t have any problem paying the $12.75 every year simply for the freedom and flexibility it offers. For some, like Tyler, the lifetime license may make sense. For others, make sure you do the math before pulling out your checkbook.

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