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Lifetime fishing license proposed by state lawmakers

WISCONSIN (WAOW) — Ahead of national hunting and fishing day, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing the creation of a lifetime fishing license for Wisconsin residents.

The proposed cost of the new license is 30 times the rate of an annual license, which now sits at $20 for Wisconsin residents and $50 for anyone from out-of-state. The lifetime license would run $577.50.

Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) is hopeful it will become law this spring.

“For many people, fishing is a lifetime passion,” said Sen. Testin. “This bill gives those who fish the opportunity to make a long-term commitment to their sport and to the future of fishing and conservation in Wisconsin.”

Lifetime license holders would still need to purchase a fishing stamp when angling for Great Lake Salmon or inland trout.

Besides Sen. Testin, the bipartisan proposal is sponsored by State Representatives Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) and Don Vruwink (D-Milton), and State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville).

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