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Reasons why you should avoid fishing without a license

Right. There is no reason to go fishing without a license.

Can you fish now without a license? Could be. There are a few exceptions. For example, if you are under 16 years of age. Or if your state hosts one of the free fishing days.

But the fine for fishing without a license could be steep. Depending on the situation, state, and conservation officer, similar to a driver’s license violation, you could receive a stern warning or fined hundreds of dollars.

Buying a fishing license online or from a fishing store is a fairly simple and painless process. Excuses like not knowing how to get a fishing license, where to buy a fishing license, or confusion about buying a fishing license online are unlikely to win much forbearance. There are also possible discounts for senior citizens, military personnel or disabled anglers. So be sure to check your state’s fishing website first.

In addition, the funds raised by purchasing your fishing license go back to improving your fishing opportunities. Which is exceptional when you consider other licenses you may own. When you bought your dog license, did you get an upgraded dog house, blanket and bag of food?

Choose your battles. Fishing without a license is simply not worth the risk of being fined for fishing without a license and the funds are being used to your advantage. Get your license now and see if there are any bluegills out there that like these crickets.

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed-out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating with a degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and the US state of Michigan.

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