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Multi-year fishing licenses available Dec. 1

With a new fishing season just around the corner, anglers can ready themselves for years to come by purchasing a multi-year fishing license, available for the first time this year from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Beginning December 1, we will start selling three-year and five-year fishing licenses for the first time in our history, said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. Anglers can select from a variety of rods, reels and equipment, so it only makes sense that they should have the ability to purchase a license which is good for several years. Now anglers can purchase a multi-year license and know that when friends and family want them to go fishing, they don't have to worry about whether they renewed their fishing license.

For those who purchase a multi-year license, they will be eligible for a number of exclusive rewards, including a free online subscription to Pennsylvania Angler and Boater magazine, along with various offers from popular retailers.

Other incentives being offered are also pretty attractive. They include various pieces of fishing equipment and several discount coupons which can be used at sporting goods stores, Arway said.

A three-year fishing license is valid through 2015 and a five-year license is valid through 2017. Customers who buy multi-year licenses save money by not having to pay transaction and processing fees each year. For example, a customer who buys a five-year license will save $6.80. Anglers can also purchase multi-year trout/salmon, Lake Erie and combo permits and experience similar savings. Visit the PFBC website for more information about pricing and answers to frequently asked questions.

Customers who purchase their multi-year license through either the PFBC Outdoor Shop ( www.pawildlifelicense.com) or from an issuing agent will receive a website link where instructions on accessing their rewards will be located.

Also starting Dec. 1, the PFBC is launching a fishing sweepstakes contest to give away a series of fishing trips across the state for many of Pennsylvania's popular game fish. The general public will be eligible to participate in the sweepstakes, and registration for the sweepstakes will be at www.gonefishingpa.com.

In addition to the Outdoor Shop, multi-year fishing licenses can be purchased at more than 900 issuing agents (http://fishandboat.com/flagent.htm), county treasurers' offices, and at the local PFBC regional office at:

Northeast Region – Sweet Valley (Luzerne County), 5566 Main Road, Sweet Valley, Pa., 18656.

Stiffer penalties for assaulting WCOs

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe offered praise for the recent enactment of legislation to increase the penalties for assaulting a Wildlife Conservation Officer (WCO) or Deputy WCO. The new law, which takes effect on Dec. 23, increases the maximum penalty for anyone convicted of assaulting a WCO or Deputy WCO to a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

Under the new law, Act 150 of 2012, the penalty of assaulting a Wildlife Conservation Officer of the Game Commission will be the same penalty for assaulting any other law enforcement official, elected official, personnel of the court, teacher or psychiatric aid.

Act 150 was introduced as House Bill 1417 by state Rep. Edward Staback, who is the House Game and Fisheries Committee Democrat chairman. The bill passed the House unanimously, and was approved in the Senate by a vote of 45-4.

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