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National Fishing License

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Fishing licenses are issued by state governments. RVers who want to fish in a new state must first buy a license in that state.

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.

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Not a bad idea! My wife and kids love to fish and our motor home is fully stocked to fish anytime. There have been a couple of times we had the opportunity to throw a line in, but the inconvenience of getting a licence stopped us.

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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I think the word "revenue" is the key. Fishing licenses are rather expensive in many states. I know that the senior license in Texas for "all" waters is $22. How would that transfer over to a "national" license. I'm all for it, but it has to work for all the states so that they do not loose revenue. There are some big combined bucks involved in fishing licenses.

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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?

This is the only logical solution just as you have reciprocal driving license.

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Since some of the license revenue goes into maintaining lakes and rivers for fisherman, I suspect that the loss of that will not be well supported by individual states. I suspect that is more true for those states that have lotsa dollars coming in from specialty fishing.

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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I found this post here and dug up something I wrote a while back for another RV forum.

Interesting read:

http://www.onthelake.../openletter.htm

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

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Many states like Texas don't require a fishing license when in a State Park.

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A federal license is not a bad idea if it required that the person requesting a federal or national license must hold a fishing license from the state they reside in.

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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I agree with Herman that most of the money collected from a national fishing license would go to fund another federal bureaucracy and very little would ever reach the state agencies. I know Texas Parks & Wildlife department had their budget cut by 21.5% over the next 2 years. I would assume other states are feeling the same type of budget crunch and really would not be open to a idea which would further reduce their operating income. The money to fund hatcheries and other projects to improve and maintain fisheries has to come from somewhere and those of us that want to fish will have to pick up the "tab". We are planning an extensive trip this summer and I would like to fish in several states. I have compared Texas license fees for non residents to those states and I can say that their fees are not out of line. I am not a golfer but I consider the greens fee for playing one round of golf to be ridiculous. But as my son explains it "that is the price you pay to maintain the course you like to play".

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I think that there should be some sort of reciprocity when it comes to fishing licenses. Perhaps FMCA could lobby to get a Federal override of sorts. Each person would be required to purchase a fishing license in their State of residency and then pay a fee of say $5 to get an annual Federal license that would allow them to fish in any State. This idea continues to give money the States, although they would loose on out of residency fees and violation fees. I suspect that with budget cuts in most States enforcement is going to be difficult anyway. I haven't been asked to see my license in over 10 years. Those that don't travel across state lines would not be required to pay the additional fee. Certainly this would be better for both State and Federal agencies, as well as those that fish in multiple states, than not getting a license in a particular State and taking our chances.

Mark

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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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As a truck driver, I could be anywhere in the country when it is time for a mandatory 34 hr break, or anytime I can't deliver a load ahead of schedule.   A national fishing license would really help me to relax during this downtime. 

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OK. Russ.  So tell me how you would get to this "Fishing Spot in a Tractor and trailer or just tractor"?  Don't quite your day job!

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