Posted by Kerry Grissett on May 26, 2004 at 04:47:57:
In Reply to: Does a boater need a fishing license if she does not fish??? posted by Rckmn on May 24, 2004 at 08:13:41:
As Budd said, go ahead and buy the license. If she is an Alabama resident, it is only $9.50 for one year from date of purchase.
If you don't and she picks up a rod, lure, landing net, box of bait, etc., it might be determined that she is indeed fishing if a game warden observes it. For less than $10.00, you simply don't have to worry about it. Why take the chance? Besides, the fees for licenses are really needed by our conservation enforcement! Regardless of some of the posts in this thread, I know several wardens and they do a good job. Not to mention that it is a thankless job most of the time and there are far too few officers in the field to do the job effectively. Mainly because of the lack of funding.
Good luck and good fishin'
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