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National Fishing License
Posted 28 March 2011 - 12:43 PM
FMCA member Ron Johnson of Wilsonville, Ala., asked FMCA for help in promoting a national fishing license. He and his wife, Delores, have been RVing since 2000. They love to fish at U.S. national parks and other federal lands.
The cost of out-of-state fishing licenses strains their budget, Mr. Johnson says, particularly when they want to fish for only one day or when bodies of water border more than one state.
He ponders, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a federal licenses program whereby we could fish anywhere on federal lands for a nominal fee (or even better, a one-time fee like the Golden Age Passport program) and be exempt from state requirements."
Vicky Ferrari, chair of FMCA's Governmental and Legislative Affairs Committee, and I thought this would be a good topic to post here. So, what do you think …
Is a nationwide fishing license a good idea? Could states agree to a reciprocal license that would allow Americans to fish nationwide while abiding by the fishing regulations of the state where the fishing takes place? Could such a bill be passed? Or, would a regional or multi-state license be more reasonable?
By the way, Passport America, the discount camping club, has a Petition for a National Senior Fishing License on its Web site.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:23 PM
I would suggest there be one license, and when you get it, you pay for stamps for states you plan on fishing in that season. That way, each state could get their revenue, and the DOW would get theirs.
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 09:14 PM
Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:21 PM
This is the only logical solution just as you have reciprocal driving license.
Is a nationwide fishing license a good idea? Could states agree to a reciprocal license that would allow Americans to fish nationwide while abiding by the fishing regulations of the state where the fishing takes place?
Posted 19 April 2011 - 11:01 AM
If the federal government mandates a national license and fails to distribute the money back to the states, then the states are going to find a work-around to get money anyway. They will just put a surcharge or something similar on fishing.
I know many in the RV community who fish around the country. They don't bother getting a license, figuring it is ultimately cheaper to pay a rare fine than buy 50 different state licenses. In that case, not withstanding the state that actually does get a fine or two, it might be benefical for them to support such an idea. After all, getting something is better than getting nothing.
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 07:36 PM
I found it buried in my bookmarks and it deals with something that I am in favor of.
I have spent a lot of money over the years on duck stamps, hunting, fishing, bow hunting licenses, permits: many times that I purchased and never found the time to use. Of all the things I do I really love to fish. Nothing like a nice quiet time away from it all, tossing a line in the water. I prefer saltwater but I also love to catfish, or go after a lunker. I have seen some favorite hidden native brook trout streams disappear to development. I still get out fresh water when I can.
When I go camping I always bring at least an ultralight spinning setup with me for those campgrounds that allow fishing on private land in other states. Nightcrawlers are everywhere and fun to catch at night no matter where you are.
I have never understood in all our "united" states, there is no reciprocity concerning fishing licenses. I would be, very much, in favor of an added fee for a federal license with limitations, in order to be able to fish all over the US:maybe something like the duck stamp in a national fish stamp version or along that idea. Just for waters that aren't stocked. Charge extra per state if you wanted to add stocked waters. Mandatory home state license requirement of course.
It's a money game for the states. What gets me, in my state, is alot of the money doesn't get back to environmental purposes and goes to, I believe, the general fund.
Has anything gone on with this topic lately? LOL how about the AARP designation for Senior at 50 for us under 55 crowd lol
Posted 02 January 2012 - 08:40 PM
Posted 02 January 2012 - 09:51 PM
This way the state they reside in would still receive the revenue from residents and a couple of bucks from each federal or national license sold. However this would require another government bureau to over see the distribution of the funds. And do any of us know how much of a budget that would take. By the time all was said and done there would not be any money left for the states to share.
The only way for folks to be able to fish in other states would be for each state to have a fee, for 2 or 3 days, that was small enough that more people would purchase their license rather then say "with a fee that much I will just not fish".
Just my thoughts.
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 05:19 PM
Posted 08 July 2013 - 06:38 PM
I'm a military retiree, and a citizen of the UNITED STATES. I'm a resident of the State of Florida, and I paid for an annual fishing license in Florida. Then, because we were spending 3 weeks in Colorado this summer 2013, I paid them their $66 for another annual license. They only sell very short-term licenses so it made sense to just shoot the wad on an annual license. The real irony for me is that most of the fishing I've been doing has been in national parks and forests, stocked by UNITED STATES fisheries. I just went to visit the Hotchkiss NATIONAL fish hatchery near the Gunnison river. I still haven't seen a Colorado hatchery. What am I paying $66 for? I've also bought a temporary license in Arkansas on this trip, and did most of my fishing in lakes that aren't even stocked by the state. Why should there be any fee to fish where it doesn't cost the citizenry any money? So some game warden can have his badge and his paycheck? What's next, city and county fishing licenses? And another thing, if the Florida Fish and Wildlife storm troopers would burn less gas in their go fast boats tearing around like they're on Baywatch, we could probably save enough money to lower the cost of fishing licenses. It's not like Florida Fish and Game stocks the Gulf of Mexico. What am I paying for???
In my not so humble opinion as a citizen of this great country, not a citizen of any state, a fishing license bought in one state should be good as gold in any other. Period. Just like driver's licenses. Fishing licenses should also only be required where there's a demonstrable cost to the taxpayer to maintain the fishery.
So yes, please FMCA, put whatever weight you have behind this quest.
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