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Careful there, Gunlove.  When you start asking questions like this, the next step will be asking why the .gov requires a license to braid hair.  Then you're going to start looking at other things the .gov does that have no purpose other than to take money from citizens.  And the thing that elected officials fear more than anything else is people asking, "Why does my government do this?"

Quite down and get back into line, or no Soylent Green for you.  🙂

Cheers,

Whisper

 

 

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The same reason I have to buy a boat registration and then pay at the dock to launch said boat. And pay gas tax on the fuel burned in said boat although it has never touched a road.

 

You gotta pay your fair share, man!

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The fees paid for a TN fishing license have nothing to do with overseas. 🙄

They are to support wildlife management in the State which needs even more support now that they repealed the measly 10 cent a box ammo tax we used to have.

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7 hours ago, Garufa said:

The fees paid for a TN fishing license have nothing to do with overseas. 🙄

They are to support wildlife management in the State which needs even more support now that they repealed the measly 10 cent a box ammo tax we used to have.

This is correct, I buy a fishing license every year, only went 3 times last year.

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11 hours ago, Garufa said:

The fees paid for a TN fishing license have nothing to do with overseas. 🙄

They are to support wildlife management in the State which needs even more support now that they repealed the measly 10 cent a box ammo tax we used to have.

Because without the management, there would be nothing left to catch/hunt in short order.  Remember those old pictures of guys with hundreds of birds, fish, and dozens of deer? Remember how species were hunted to extinction? 

Now don't get me started on how overly complicated the TWRA license system is.  It's truly ridiculous.  However, game management in the bigger picture is necessary in our current world. 

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A world record Walleye came out of Old Hickory Lake in 1960. In the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's it was a regular practice of northern anglers to come down to Tennessee to walleye fish in the winter to get some "warm weather" fishing in while their home lakes were frozen over. It was nothing for them to pull dozens of walleye out a day. 
Now there are few if any walleye left in Tennessee. There is a small population in the Caney but it is not significant by any stretch. 
Licenses and limits are in place for just those sorts of conservation issues. 
Snag fishing for paddlefish is another prime example, without a limited season and limits there would be no native populations left. 
Most anglers now target crappie, bass, or catfish not because they are a preferred species but but because they have breeding rates that allowed them to proliferate through extreme overfishing. There is simply not that much else left to target. Even if you are a trout fisherman in Tennessee you are not fishing natural/native populations but rather controlled hatchery spawned populations. Hatcheries paid for by the a portion of your fishing license as others have mentioned. 

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