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Old 04-02-2012, 05:03 PM
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Default 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

Really?

You/We can only purchase them on line now?
You/We now have to buy a saltwater license to fish off the pier for flounder/scup?
You/We have to pay a "convenience" fee for the license that WE are forced to purchase "On Line"?
Convenient for whom I ask?

This is getting out of control!

By the way.....before you say it,.....I understand that there are still places where you can actually walk up and buy a license. The website told me so! Just an FYI.........I made a point of going there so I could deal with a human and do my part in terms of justifying their employment and do something crazy like...............I don't know.........spend money on things that I might need or forgot to buy, look at the "discount" rack, say hi to the local business owner that depends on us. NOPE! >>>>>>>>

Guess what............... that person got on their computer and entered all of my data via the web and I was still assessed the same "convenience" fee that I was going to have to pay for as if I was applying online from home!

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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

The states are all blaming the newly required salt-water license on some federal regulation on reporting of migratory fish. I had to pay for a Maryland non-resident license to fish in the surf from within a National Park last year.

New York State not only dropped the fee for the salt water registry last year, but they actually refunded money to those that requested it!
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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

For the past few years I have bought a Colorado and Utah license online. I print it out and then they send you a small wallet friendly license in the mail. A couple years ago I bought a Wyoming license online, printed it out on 8x11 inch paper, and never did receive a small wallet version in the mail. That was a total pain trying to keep track of that 8x11 inch piece of paper throughout the fishing season, so now I don't buy my Wyoming license online.
Interesting in MA they charge a "CONVIENENCE FEE", just another way to gouge the customer.
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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

Most of the states from New York south on the Eastern Seaboard are on the National Registry and you can get a saltwater licence free. Florida being the exception but they've had saltwater licences before anyone. Hopefully Massachusetts and other northeastern states will fall in line with the others and drop the convenience fee.
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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

In NJ we also must register for Saltwater but it's free. Pretty soon we also will have to pay for a Saltwater license. It's bad enough we pay $33 for just 2 piece's of paper.
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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

The convenience fee is pretty lame but buying a fishing license is an investment in your local fisheries. That money goes to stocking, habitat restoration, enforcement, buying and leasing lands that might end up C&R or Fly and Artificial Only waters so in my opinion its money well spent. On a side note I think its funny how we as fly fishers rarely bat an eye at spending $600 or so on a brand new Sage, Scott, or Winston but yet gripe over a $30+ fee.
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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

I don't mind the fee. In fact, like you said, it is an investment in our state's resources that I have contributed to for about 30 years. I guess I just don't like being told that I have to purchase these on line. I would also like to hear the opinion of some shop owners that used to sell the licenses and see how they feel about it.

I was once told by a friend that 100% of all New York license fees go back into the Fish and Game department. Can anyone confirm this? I would also like to know what percentage goes back into Massachusetts.

Just thinking out loud.
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When they went "on line" here in CT the machinery that tackle shops needed to sell licenses was much too expensive so all but the largest shops gave it up .
Even many town clerks offices chose not to participate.
Last year I got my license at DEP headquarters because they owed me a rebate but I usually get mine "on-line" and it is a convenience.

This is the third year that we've had the marine license here in CT. It's 10 bucks. I don't think that's too expensive and it's reciprocal with MA, RI, and portions of NY
Your MA marine license will be reciprocal with at least NH, RI, and CT.
I'm not sure how Maine plays. They like to do things different there
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Default Re: 2012 Massachusetts fishing/Hunting Licenses

The "convenience fee" for buying online is simply a made up method to make extra money from us. The fact is that when you buy online it is much easier for them as the work is done by computer with very limited human involvement. In a perfect world we should pay less for buying online as we are making it more convenient for them!
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How much is the 'Convience Fee'?

Usually, it's just enough to cover the fee the credit card company charges your state for the transaction, usually ~ 2-3%. Here, in most fly shops, if you use a charge card your license, they add a charge on as well.
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