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  1. If this has already been posted or counts as political please let me know and I'll take it down, I just had to rant somewhere. I got my new fishing licence today. A printed out piece of paper that isn't even waterproof. Needless to say I'm a little heartbroken (yeah, I'm a softie. It happens). What has happened to our fishing licences since I was a kid? How did this get decided this was the direction we were going?!?!? I remember when I was a kid, my sister and I would always look forward to when my parents go their new licence. We would try to guess which fish or animal was on the front of the licence and couldn't wait to see the art. I remember when I turned 18 I didn't mind paying for fishing because I was getting something 'cool' that told the world I was a fisherman. I can still remember what my first licence looked like, the smallmouth bass, mouth opened getting ready to strike. I used to like attaching the stickers to the card as well. It reminded me of my old bubblegum baseball games where you would buy the stickers of the players and get that terrible stick of gum then add them into your sticker book. I used to love looking back over the old stickers I had on the card and remembering why I switched from a sport licence to conservation or vice versa. Then they got rid of the art. And they got rid of the stickers. We still had a blue card with our name and details on it and yellow plastic ...... strips? Cards? Something in between. Sure the ink ran off of the yellow strips and it was weird having to have 3 cards in my wallet but it was still a card I could show off, it was still waterproof and it still fit in my wallet. Now today I have a massive dang certificate that was printed at Sail. Not waterproof, can't fit in my wallet. No cool art. The woman recommended I take a picture of it. So now if I go ice fishing and my phone dies and I get this piece of paper wet am I at the mercy of the C.O? Could they at least offer the option to pay extra for the card? I'll wait for the shipping. I don't mind. I knew this already a few years ago but these are clearly signs I'm getting old. Now excuse me while I go take my eye test for my boaters exam.
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