Location:
FISH AND GAME; HANDICAPPED;
Scope:
Connecticut laws/regulations; Other States laws/regulations;

OLR Research Report


January 23, 2013

 

2013-R-0055

BLIND PEOPLE EXEMPT FROM FISHING REQUIREMENTS

By: Janet L. Kaminski Leduc, Senior Legislative Attorney

You asked if any states exempt people who are blind from state fishing requirements.

SUMMARY

In seven states (Arizona, Delaware, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia), people who are blind may fish legally without obtaining a fishing license. In eight other states (California, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Vermont), people who are blind may obtain a free fishing license.

None of these 15 states exempt people who are blind from other fishing requirements (e.g., minimum length and possession limits). And Georgia explicitly requires people who receive free fishing licenses to comply with all wildlife laws, rules, and regulations.

FISHING LICENSES FOR BLIND PEOPLE

Table 1 provides details on the 15 states that either exempt blind people from needing a fishing license or provide free fishing licenses to blind people.

Table 1: State Fishing Licenses for Blind People

State

Citation

Description

Arizona

Ariz. Rev. Stat.

17-335

A blind person can fish without a fishing license, but such person is entitled to 1/2 the legal bag and possession limit of trout.

California

Cal. Fish & Game Code 7151

A blind person can obtain a free sport fishing license if he or she has not been convicted of a Fishing and Game Code violation.

Connecticut

CGS 26-29

A blind person can obtain a free lifetime fishing license.

Delaware

Del. Code Ann. tit. 7,

502

A blind person is exempt from needing a fishing license.

Georgia

Ga. Code Ann.

27-2-4

A blind person can obtain a free, honorary fishing license. All honorary licenses are subject to all wildlife laws, rules, and regulations.

Maryland

Md. Code Ann., Nat. Res. 4-604 and

4-745

A blind person can obtain a free angler's license and a free coastal sport fishing license.

Massachusetts

Mass. Gen. Laws

ch. 131, 11

A blind person can obtain a free fishing license.

New Hampshire

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann.

214:2

A blind person can obtain a free lifetime fishing license.

Ohio

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. 1533.12

A blind person who cannot fish without assistance from another person can obtain a free fishing license.

Oklahoma

Okla. Stat. tit. 29,

4-110

A blind person is exempt from needing a fishing license.

Pennsylvania

30 Pa. Cons. Stat.

2709

A blind person is exempt from needing a fishing license.

Rhode Island

R.I. Gen. Laws

20-2-31

A blind person is exempt from needing a fresh water fishing license.

Vermont

Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 10,

4255

A blind person can obtain a free fishing license.

Virginia

Va. Code Ann.

29.1-301

A blind person is exempt from needing a fishing license.

West Virginia

W. Va. Code

20-2-28

A blind person is exempt from needing a fishing license.

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