Why You Need to Get a Fishing License for Fishing
Are you wondering why you need a fishing license to go fishing? It makes sense that you need a business license or a driving license, but what about one for fishing? Read this article to find out why you should get a license before you go.
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In every state in the United States, you will need a license to go fishing in that particular state. For example, you would want to buy a fishing license for the state you live in. If you live in Indiana, then you will want to buy a state of Indiana fishing license. Fishing licenses can be bought in many different stores and you can also buy them on the Internet. How long does your fishing license last? It will last for one year of the fishing season.
You will need to buy another one next spring when your fishing license that you bought from the year before, expired. Each state has different fees for their fishing licenses. In the state of Indiana, during the season of 2009 it costs a mere $17.00 to get the fishing license. So why in the heck do you need a fishing license? Well, each year conservation officers go around popular public fishing areas and check to see if you’ve got a license.
If you don’t, you’ll need to pay the state some hefty fees. You’ll get a ticket, just like you do when you commit a driving violation. Both years in 2008, and 2009 I’ve seen conservation offers go through the rivers near my town checking people for their licenses. Any person caught without the fishing license will have to pay for the ticket they get. Maybe your thinking, well I’m going out in Timbuktu two to go fishing, so why do I need one?
Ok, maybe no one will find you, but its still possible an officer could stop and check for your license while you are fishing. It’s certainly better to be safe than sorry. Plus, the fees you pay for the license go to good causes for your state. Clean water, public access, fish stocking and other state programs are help paid for with these fees. So its not like the state is taking your money and using it for themselves. It’s going back out to help you.
It’s so simple to get a fishing license in today’s day and age. Many states offer the ability to purchase a fishing license and print it right out on your computer instantly. There is also a list of different locations as to where you can buy your fishing license. Here in my area in Indiana, many of the Marsh grocery stores carry fishing licenses. You just go up to the customer service desk and ask to buy one. You pay the small fee and get your license fast, in only a couple of minutes.