Monday, July 4, 2011

Fourth Of July - Freedom to Renew Fishing License

LowcountryOutdoors wants to recognize and thank the members of our armed services who serve to protect the freedoms that Americans enjoy. Not quite mid-way through summer, and with just two more Governor's Cup events left to go, it seems that the freedom to go fishing is alive and well. Yet our natural resources are not limitless and part of being a patriotic angler is to know when to release your catch for future fishing opportunities. Fostering a catch and release mentality will lead to more fishing freedoms in the future, and education of those who have not been exposed to this mindset will be an ongoing commitment for charter captains, tackle shops, SCDNR and even outdoor writers. Happy 4th of July and Good Luck fishing!!

Fishermen! Don't get caught on the waters during your July 4th holiday without an up to date fishing license. In South Carolina, all fishing and hunting licenses expire on June 30, and sometimes a simple reminder is all a sportsman needs in order to get 'current.' Going down to the tackle shop is still a good option for renewing licenses because then you can get a recent fishing report as well. Or sportsman can head over to their local DNR office at Fort Johnson on James Island for direct dealings with the state agency. Going online for license purchasing is likely the most popular route, but LowcountryOutdoors still elects to mail in a license query, which allows a laminated license card to be returned in the mail. The laminated license tends to withstand saltwater fishing season, ducks ponds and the like very well. Sportsmen should consult the vendors about what age youths should have a fishing license, and in the case of senior sportsmen - at what age to they qualify for the state's gratis license.

To view past blogs on the 4th of July click here.

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