It’s OK to keep your Pennsylvania fishing license safe in your pocket

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Each year fly fishing enthusiasts around the country flock to Pennsylvania’s Penns Creek to try to land a big trout during the Green Drake hatch. York Daily Record

Fishermen who like to wear those fancy vests can find a new use for the two holes that were used to hold their Pennsylvania fishing licenses.

And others don’t have to worry about licenses flapping against their heads when they pin them to their caps.

Now, thanks to a move by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Board of Commissioners, anglers no longer have to display their state licenses while fishing. According to an amendment to Section 63.2 (PA Title 58), they only have to “carry the license on their person while fishing” and present it to a law enforcement officer when asked, according to a recent news release.

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“With this change, we’re making things more convenient for our anglers,” said Tim Schaeffer, PFBC executive director. “By allowing people to simply carry their license in a pocket or in their wallet, rather than pinning it to an outer garment, we hope to hear about fewer licenses being lost and the cost associated with replacing them.”

The change also aligns fishing with hunting when it comes to license display.

This new display policy goes into effect once it is published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Fishermen who prefer to display their license on the outside of the clothing may continue to do so, Shaeffer said. 

Shelly Stallsmith is a trends reporter for the York Daily Record. She can be reached at mstallsmith@ydr.com or followed on Twitter at @ShelStallsmith.