NH citizens say let seniors fish for free - 206 citizens, 444 responses

Jul 16, 2015

Earlier this month, the NH Fish and Game Department released a draft proposal for increased fees on hunting and fishing licenses. The proposal included eliminating free licenses for NH residents over the age of 68, instead charging them $10. The proposal is not yet official, and if made so, will be subject to a public comment period and hearing process. However, in light of the suggested change, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the issue to Facebook members, posing the question, “Should residents over age 68 have to pay for hunting and fishing licenses?”

A total of 81% of those participating in our open discussion of this issue answered the question directly or with a concurrence, and of those 79% opposed charging seniors for licenses with 21% in favor. Of the remaining respondents, 14% opted to discuss the question in broader terms while 5% commented on unrelated issues. In sum, 206 citizens participated in the discussion with a total of 444 responses. 

Those speaking out against an increased fee for seniors argued that older NH residents had earned their right to fish and hunt for free. “Give seniors their well-deserved benefit,” one commenter wrote. “They should be able to enjoy the outdoors during their golden years at no cost. The State of NH will get their money in other ways,” another argued. “Keep it free. They've earned the right to go fishing on a permanent license,” a respondent stated. 

Supporters of the proposed changes included seniors who argued that the fee was a reasonable charge. “I'm a senior citizen… and wouldn't mind paying $10 a year for the license,” one such commenter wrote. “I'm 10 years from retirement but I wouldn't mind a nominal fee to help out with NH Fish and Game expenses,” one respondent said. “Ten dollars is more than reasonable,” another poster wrote. 

Others opted not to give a yes or no response, instead addressing broader issues related to fish and game and senior residents. “How about we get an outside sponsor to pay for it?” one suggested. “In today's environment, many seniors have more money than their younger counterparts,” another argued. “Seniors who don't own a boat can't fish in NH anyhow. There is zero access for old people on foot,” one commenter pointed out. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion for this question. 

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