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#1 bassmasta7

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Posted May 08 2006 - 09:41 PM

Luckily, I have a fishing license but a kid at school who rarely fishes was caught at a public lake without one. The ranger gave him a ticket. I was wondering if anyone else has been caught without one or knows how much the fine is? IMOI think it is stupid that people who fish once a year for bluegill (and arent gonna catch anything) have to pay a fine.
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Posted May 08 2006 - 10:30 PM

It is absoulutely for the benefit of all that fishing licences are required.  Most states, (but not all) will return a portion of the license revenue to the resource.  That means part of the license money goes for improving the fishing.
as far as fishing once a year.  How does the ranger know that?  Should he take the anglers word for it  ::)

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Posted May 08 2006 - 10:59 PM

Here you can get what they call a Day Plus licence package that can be purchased for one or more specified days.

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Posted May 09 2006 - 01:11 AM

PA has two free days a year to expose people to fishing and experience the thrill of catching fish. Are there any more states out there that do the same? I think it's a good deal.

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Posted May 09 2006 - 01:20 AM

I know that Kentucky does it...I think its one day at the beginning of April where people are allowed to fish without a license. After that day, the wardens are like nazi's over fishing licenses. They will follow boats forever, just waiting to see if they're going to fish and then roll up and ask to see licenses if they see a pole. If caught without one..confiscation happens, no questions asked...thats been my experience.  Luckily, I have never fished without a license but have been asked to show mine more than a few times.

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Posted May 09 2006 - 02:33 AM

Here in Arkansas they have one weekend each year where you can fish without a license. Remember that the money from the license fees in most states go back into maintaining the fishery to pay for things like stocking the fish you might catch. The same can be said for the sale taxes on fishing tackle.

If he only received a ticket he should be thankful. Some locals got caught boating down a local river spot lighting game at night. They lost their boats, trailers, all tackle and their vehicles. It only takes a minute to check the laws and buy the license but not doing so can bring years of regret if you lose hunting and fishing privileges, pay fines and lose expensive gear.

Personally I don't mind paying and in fact donate money and time to aid the Arkansas Game and Fish. These guys make very little pay and deal with more armed citizens than any other law enforcement agency. Most are good guys that don't abuse their authority but when one does it sure gives them all a bad name. When comes right down to it fish or hunting without a license is stealing from all the rest of us that do always pay. I know some will say what if a man is feeding his family and can't afford the price of a license. Well I guess I would have to question if he could not afford a license how is he affording to fish? But then some of the Game Wardens I know are such good men that if they knew a man really could not afford a license and was in the straits that if he caught no fish his kids would go to bed hungry. They would buy him a license out of their own pocket. I have seen it at the resort I once owned. So there is no really good excuse to get caught without a license. There are only excuses that make us feel better or justified about getting caught without one.


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Posted May 09 2006 - 02:59 AM

I am from Oregon and I know here that the ticket can be as much as $300.  I think its good that its that much.  I think it doesn't matter if you fish once or twice you should buy a license.

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Posted May 09 2006 - 03:08 AM

In Ms you can get a 3 day license or a week license, but a whole year's license is only $7.00.
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Posted May 09 2006 - 03:31 AM

WEll Bassmasta7.  The Forum has spoken.
Still think it's stupid?
I hope you can educate your friend.
And why not teach him how to bass fish while your at it  

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Posted May 09 2006 - 05:04 AM

In Ms you can get a 3 day license or a week license, but a whole year's license is only $7.00.


Man i wish i was you only 7 bucks.Here in Indianapolius it is like double that for a year pass.

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Posted May 09 2006 - 06:16 AM

I got caught years ago in VT when I first moved there.  Went out to investigate some of the ponds I saw in the area.  Had every intention of buying one, this was just an exploratory ride.
Made a few casts at the wrong place and the wrong time.  Took my gear for 1 yr, $50 fine and couldn't get a license in VT for 1yr.

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Posted May 09 2006 - 06:37 AM

OUCH LBH!!! Getting caught in NH is just as stiff though. They take whatever you have for gear, revoke your license for a year.

            In NH they have 1 free fishing day a year where you can go fish anything you want and not have to worry about a license. Also, kids under the age of 16 do not need a license. Good thing as A lot of my spare time as a kid was spent on a river chasing big shiners.  ;D
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Posted May 09 2006 - 07:09 AM

In NY, or at least on Long Island, people mostly fish salt water, for which you don't need a license at all (unless you are going to sell your catch).  Fresh water licenses are available in just about every tackle shop, though, as well as town/county halls and even at Wal-Mart.  I agree that there should be a hefty fine for fishing without, seeing as a yearly license is only $14.  There's a new program up here called a "Lifetime License", but at the moment the price evades me.  I'll probably sign up for that at the end of this year.
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Posted May 09 2006 - 07:38 AM

I have this belief that if a person thinks a fine is "Stupid", regardless of the clearly written and legally ordained ordinance that imposes it, said person will, himself, show up on the police/warden blotter sooner than later.
So, Bassmasta, how do ya' look in stripes ?

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Posted May 09 2006 - 08:10 AM

They can take your freakin' gear???  That seems a bit excessive to me...

My GF was visiting me in NJ and we got her a 1 day pass.  Lucky we did, because that was the first and only time I had ever seen rangers checking.  But the kicker was he didn't believe the license was legit...