Possibilities for a fishing license for disabled anglers

Fishing is a great activity. Not only is it downright fun, it’s also a mental and physical stress reliever. Fortunately, senior fishing permits are discounted and there are also discounted fishing permits for the disabled.

To find out what discounted fishing programs are available, visit your state’s fish and wildlife page online or see the latest regulations on renewing your fishing license. For example, Pennsylvania regulations regulate some benefits to anglers who have served in the military and are disabled. With “100% disabled” a free fishing license for disabled people is available. Otherwise the fee will be listed as “reduced”. An exact amount is not listed, so the angler must contact the County Treasurer or the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

However, military service is not required for a discount on disabled fishing licenses. With proper paperwork completed, an Oklahoma resident can purchase a 5-year disabled driver’s license for $ 10. In North Carolina, disabled anglers can purchase a lifetime fishing license for $ 110. And in Texas, mentally handicapped anglers may not even need a license.

A large part of fishing success depends on access. The 2019 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary brochure states that disabled anglers “can apply for a permit to use a motorized off-road vehicle for access to fishing and boating.” The Fish and Boat Commission also provides a list of fishing areas with accommodation for disabled anglers, which in at least 17 counties may include nearby parking spaces, ramps, piers or the like.

Check again online or in your state fishing regulations to see how a disabled fishing permit is handled. A handicapped-accessible fishing license may be available at a huge discount, or you may find a list of fishing areas with special accommodations.

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 receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.

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