|HARRISBURG, Pa. (Nov. 27) — The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for anglers to get a jump on the 2014 fishing season. Anglers can purchase a 2014 license beginning December 1, which gives them a bonus month for free.
For anglers who want to be ready to fish for years to come, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) offers 3-year and 5-year licenses. Introduced for the first time for the 2013 season, the multi-year licenses have been a popular choice for anglers, who have purchased more than 20,000 3-year and more than 10,000 5-year licenses.
Customers who buy multi-year licenses save money by avoiding transaction and processing fees each year. A 3-year resident license can be purchased for $64.70 and a 5-year for $106.70. Anglers can also buy multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings.
The PFBC also sells fishing license vouchers, which are similar to gift certificates.
“Fishing license vouchers make great holiday gifts and stocking stuffers,” said Bernie Matscavage, director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Administration, which oversees sales. “We sell about 6,000 vouchers each year. They are easy to purchase and require only a method of payment. The recipient then redeems the voucher for a fishing license.”
“A resident annual fishing license costs $22.70,” added Matscavage. “Add in a typical trout-salmon permit for $9.70 and an angler can enjoy more than a year of fishing for $32.40 – less than a typical dinner for two and about the price for two people to see one movie.”
Vouchers and licenses can be purchased online through the PFBC’s Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.com), at more than 900 issuing agents (http://fishandboat.com/flagent.htm), at county treasurers’ offices, and at the following PFBC regional offices:
Northwest Region - Meadville (Crawford County), 11528 State Highway 98, Meadville, PA 16335;
Walnut Creek Access Area – Fairview (Erie County), 241 Manchester Road, Fairview, PA 16415-1710;
Linesville Visitors Center – Linesville (Crawford County), 13300 Hartstown Road, Linesville, PA 16424;
Southwest Region - Somerset (Somerset County), 236 Lake Road, Somerset, PA 15501;
PFBC Headquarters - Harrisburg (Dauphin County), 1601 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110;
Northeast Region – Sweet Valley (Luzerne County), 5566 Main Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656;
Southeast Region – Elm (Lancaster County), Brubaker Valley Road and Lakeview Drive, Elm, PA 17521;
Southcentral Region – Newville (Cumberland County), 1704 Pine Road, Newville, PA 17241.
Eric Levis, Press Secretary