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Discounted Fishing and Hunting Licenses for Purple Heart Recipients

New Law Took Effect July 1

Any Maryland veteran who has received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained defending our nation now qualifies for a 50 percent discount on Maryland hunting and fishing licenses. The new discounted rate went into effect July 1, 2017.

Purple Heart recipients will join disabled veterans and former prisoners of war along with current members of the U.S. military who can receive special pricing for Maryland licenses, permits and stamps.

“We are proud to provide accessible, exceptional and world-class recreational opportunities for all Marylanders, especially those heroes who sacrificed so much for our freedom and way of life,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “We are hopeful that more current service members and veterans take advantage of our many programs to experience the majesty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors.”

Individuals interested in applying for the new discount program must apply directly to one of the department’s regional licensing and registration services centers. Active duty military personnel must provide official documentation on their Purple Heart award; veterans are asked to bring their official discharge papers (Form DD214).