Skip to comments.Louisiana Offers New Hunting Permit And Driver's License Combo
Posted on 06/09/2012 5:04:56 AM PDT by marktwain
The day I bought a lifetime Oklahoma hunting and fishing license, my life got exponentially simpler. No longer would I have to keep track of a yearly hunting license, a yearly fishing license, a state duck stamp and separate tags for deer gun, muzzleloader and archery seasons.
No more thick wad of paper in my wallet, no more worrying that I was carrying the wrong license. Just one simple plastic card, sort of a redneck "One Ring to Rule Them All." It's a wonderful thing, but the state of Louisiana just did it one better.
From this story on nola.com:
Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law a bill to allow those who frequent the outdoors to show they have the necessary permits for hunting and fishing on their drivers' licenses. Senate Bill 224 by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, will give drivers who hunt, fish and boat a chance to carry fewer documents.
The law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, directs the state Office of Motor Vehicles, starting July 1, 2013, to allow drivers to have special designations -- known as "endorsements" -- on their licenses indicating they have "lifetime hunting or fishing licenses," a certificate of completion of firearms and hunter education courses or a certificate of completion of boating safety classes.
That's a brilliant idea, and now I'm wondering how many other states have a similar setup for their lifetime license holders? Does yours? It's convenient, no doubt about it, but I'll play Devil's Advocate here and point out that there is something of a downside to convenience, and that's nostalgia.
Those old yearly licenses, with their state and federal duck stamps signed across the face, those frayed, grimy, blood-stained deer tags, with the exact date of each deer I ever shot punched out, are important artifacts, physical touchstones to our individual pasts. I've still got every license, tag, duck stamp and permit I've ever purchased, dating back to my teens. Maybe someday I'll make a collage or something out of it, but those physical memories, so satisfyingly chronological, abruptly stopped the year I got my lifetime license.
Is the convenience worth the loss of cherished mementos? Sometimes I wonder. What say you? If your state offered a program like Louisiana's, would you do it?
1. Use of hunting methods that are difficult and dangerous, so as to limit hunting. Even this resulted in the destruction of numerous big game species in pre-columbian america.
2. Regulation of hunting by private ownership of game, and land, with privately managed game populaitons. This has worked fairly well in Europe, but has generally restricted hunting to a small, elite group.
3. State regulation of hunting with licenses, bag limits, and numerous other restrictions, but with much public land available for hunting. This has been used with considerable sucess in the United States for about a hundred years.
sucess should be success
Brings a whole new meaning to ‘Road Kill’. ;-)
“to show they have the necessary permits for hunting and fishing on their drivers’ licenses”
I guess this means you can shoot from your car? :^)
Or from your truck:
The drivers license might say they have the right to go hunting, but without kill tags there would be no way to limit the number of ( deer, turkeys, etc) animals killed.
Maybe you can just download your kill tags from the DNR on your iPhone when you shoot something.
John (served in Viet Nam) Kerry will be down there to “git me one of them” licenses, I’m sure.
The problem I see on the horizon is that the licenses will require an “annual renewal” to be vaild.......and with that, an additional fee for the renewal. Wisconsin would surely like something like that as it would continue to bring in the revenue they sooooooooo dearly cherish.
Simply stated, “There ain’t no free lunch”.
Makes sense. A buddy of mine (who used to live in Louisiana) used to hunt turkey and pheasant with a big old Buick. :)
The problem I see on the horizon is that the licenses will require an annual renewal to be vaild.......and with that, an additional fee for the renewal.
I don’t see that on their current application form for their lifetime licenses. All this legislation does is allow for the lifetime license to be noted on the Drivers License thus not needing the actual hunting/fishing license in your possession. LA already has lifetime licenses, example $500 for an adult resident.
They include a zombie stamp with the thing and a fella ought to be pretty good to go.
That made me think of Carry_Okie’s tagline, which I noticed for the first time recently in an EPA thread, and which I think is spot on:
(The environment is too complex and too important to manage by central planning.)
Dude, how can you renew a LIFETIME license?
Are you a lawyer, cause this sounds like something a lawyer would say.
Cool, register to vote and get a license to bag Democrats at the same time.
So, what is the limit on Democrats? Is there a season for liberals or is it year round?
I figure since they are as prolific and destructive as feral pigs, then the season should be about the same. We can hunt them at night, right? Instead of putting out corn feeders, we can put up blinds in front of piercing shops, gay bars, medical marijuana outlets, holistic food stores, union halls, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc.
How much competition is there getting a Democratic tag for Berkeley, Detroit or Chicago?
Never mind - Austin is closer.
Dang, that last frame is no longer funny. Might be again real soon, though.
Perhaps the state could let lifetime license holders, for a nominal fee (say $1-$5 postpaid), receive an "official" certification document that indicated that as of that year they were a lifetime license holder in good standing, and had indicated a desire to participate in that year's hunting. They would not be required to carry such document with them, but the state would only issue such documents to people who were eligible, and individuals who wished to do so could keep such documents as evidence of their historical status as long as they wished, beyond the time the state would normally keep such records.