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One of the best parts of fishing is that you can do it throughout your entire life. Fishing doesn’t have as high of an impact on your body as some other outdoor activities, like hiking or hunting, meaning most people can keep on angling well into retirement. To ensure you can keep on fishing throughout your life, it can be useful to have lifetime fishing licenses — no one wants the hassle of having to maintain licenses or pay yearly fees.
Fortunately, there are many states that offer lifetime fishing licenses for kids, adults, seniors, and veterans, allowing you to spend less time messing around with menial paperwork. We found which states had the most anglers searching for lifetime license opportunities and listed all the available deals of a lifetime.
Wyoming offers unique packages for their lifetime licenses, with most granting the privilege to pursue game birds, small game, and aquatic catches. To qualify for a Wyoming lifetime license, you must have been a resident of Wyoming for at least ten years. If you’re interested, you can apply through their website.
West Virginia has special licensing packages for children, resident adults, disabled veterans, and full-time students.
Oklahoma offers affordable lifetime fishing licenses for disabled veterans, senior citizens, and resident adults. The state considers residents aged 65 or older to be senior citizens. More information on Oklahoma lifetime licensing can be found on their website.
Minnesota offers lifetime licenses for fishing, small game, spearing, and deer hunting for outdoor enthusiasts at any age. The requirements depend on which age class the applicant falls in, which can be seen below. More information on Minnesota lifetime licenses can be found on their website.
North Carolina offers many variations of their lifetime fishing licenses, all of which grant you privilege to different water combinations and areas.
In North Carolina, residents born on or before Aug. 1, 1953, are eligible for senior discounts at 65 years of age. Those born after Aug. 1, 1953, are eligible for senior discounts when they turn 70 years of age. More information can be found in the North Carolina lifetime licenses application.