Texas fishing license expires, anglers to turn to state forum August 6, 2021 August 6, 2021 admin

VIRGINIA — Texas anglers who’ve used the Virginia fishing license may have to turn their attention to the state’s public safety board, where a new law allows for fishing licenses to expire without any penalty if anglers fail to show up for class.

The license expires Sept. 30 and there are now five anglers currently licensed in Virginia to take part in the Virginia Angling License Program.

If all five of those anglers failed to show, they could face a fine of up to $2,000 for each day they’re absent from class.

But Virginia Anglers Association President and CEO Dan Burch said he was concerned about the potential for the state to close the program.

“It’s not about the license, it’s about the safety of the anglers and their families,” Burch told ABC News.

“I just worry about our family, that’s the bottom line,” he said.

Burch said the license program was created to ensure that people from across the state could compete for a fishing license.

The Virginia Fishing License Program is intended to protect anglers by giving them a way to obtain a license and also to encourage anglers from all backgrounds to compete for licenses, he said.

“If they don’t show up in class, they can’t get a license,” Bunch said.

“So, it does have a safety aspect to it.”

The Virginia fishing licenses are intended to be used for the public good, and the program is supposed to be a tool to help protect public safety.

But Burch fears that in the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech and the Virginia church shooting that left five dead and more than 50 injured, the program could end up being used for nefarious purposes.

“If the license is not renewed, if the license expires without penalty, if there are no anglers in the state who have shown up for the license class, then it’s going to be extremely difficult to attract more anglers,” he told ABC.

“So, we’re trying to educate the public and the angling community that this is a public safety issue, that the license has expiration date.

So, if you want to take the license off the table, you need to show.”

Virginia’s license is the first in the country to expire and Burch has called on other states to follow suit.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who represents Virginia in Congress, has called for the Virginia license to expire.

But Virginia Fish and Game Director Paul Linn has been outspoken about the program, telling ABC News he’s concerned that some anglers will simply turn to other places for their licenses.

“The reason I’ve been so outspoken about this is I’m very concerned about what’s happening in Texas,” he explained.

“We have a state that’s gone through three days of lockdown after a mass shooting in Dallas.

And it is in danger of going through lockdown again.

It’s going into an open-ended lockdown.

The Virginia license is a safety issue because if it doesn’t work as intended, if we’re not able to keep the public safe, we’ve got a lot of other options.”