Fishing is a great activity. Not only is it downright fun, it’s also a mental and physical stress reliever. Fortunately, senior fishing licenses are discounted and there are also discount options for disabled fishing permits.
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 is available for disabled people. Otherwise the fee will be listed as “reduced”. An exact amount is not listed so the angler should 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 the required documentation, an Oklahoma resident can purchase a 5-year disabled fisherman 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 may include nearby parking lots, ramps, piers or the like in at least 17 counties.
Check again online or in your national fishing regulations for how to handle a disabled fishing license. A handicapped accessible fishing license may be available at a big discount, or you may find a list of fishing areas with special accommodations.
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.