Proposal For 365-Day Fishing License Back In Play

The argument that California fishing licenses should be good for 365 days from the date of purchase – current regulations stipulate that licenses are only good for the calendar year after they’re bought – will head to the state senate floor via Assemblyman Jim Wood, who represents the North Coast from Santa Rosa to the state line.

Here’s the Eureka Times-Standard with more:

The plan is to improve the bill from its current form and incentivize buying fishing and hunting licenses in California. Since 1980, state fishing license sales have plummeted 55% while the state’s population has more than doubled, according to the California Sportfishing League, a group that has been working with Wood on the proposed legislation.

“I don’t know of any other product that is marketed that way,” said Marko Mlikotin, a spokesperson for the league. “… It’s not selling. It’s a very archaic way to market a product. They are selling access to hunting and fishing, but depending on when people buy it, they are not getting full value.”

The goal of the bill is to change that.

“There is broad-based consensus that California’s hunting and fishing licenses are too costly and have lost some appeal to the outdoor sporting community,” said Wood in a prepared statement. “I look forward to working with CDFW and Gov. (Gavin) Newsom’s administration to improve Assembly Bill 1387 in order to accomplish the goals identified in California’s R3 Action Plan and help increase hunting and fishing participation rates.”