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Hook & Hunting: Free Hunting and Fishing License for Disabled Veterans

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Disabled veterans will be able to get free hunting and fishing licenses starting in March 2013.

The DNR announced a new law that was signed by Governor Rick Snyder that will allow a disabled veteran to obtain any resident hunting or fishing license for free.

The law defines "disabled veteran" as a resident who either:

  • has been determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to be permanently and totally disabled as a result of military service and entitled to veterans' benefits at the 100-percent rate, for a disability other than blindness; or
  • is rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as individually unemployable.

"Providing free licenses for disabled veterans is just a small token of our deep gratitude for their sacrifice for all of us," said Denise Gruben, manager of licensing and reservations for the DNR. "We want veterans to be full participants in outdoor sports. We're pleased to make these licenses available to qualifying veterans beginning next March under this new law."