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Hey, Fishing Fans, Here's a Way to Save Money

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is now offering three- and five-year licenses—which could save you cash.

Like to fish? Anglers can ready themselves for years to come by purchasing a multi-year fishing license, available for the first time from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC).

Beginning this past December, the PFBC has been selling three-year and five-year fishing licenses for the first time in its history, according to PFBC Executive Director John Arway.

"Customers want options when they buy products, and fishing is no different," Arway said.

"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.

"It's convenient and provides for one less thing to worry about. 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."

And that's not all.

"In addition, we're offering a number of rewards exclusively for customers who buy a multi-year license," Arway said, "including a free online subscription to our flagship publication, Pennsylvania Angler & 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."

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 licenses through either the PFBC Outdoor Shop (www.pa.wildlifelicense.com) or from an issuing agent will receive a Web link where instructions on accessing their rewards will be located.

Also starting this month, 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 county treasurers' offices and from more than 900 issuing agents (http://fishandboat.com/flagent.htm).

Where's your favorite spot to fish? Do you know of a good place near Baldwin-Whitehall, maybe in the Elizabeth area?

This article originally appeared on the Canon-McMillan Patch.

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