We all look for unique holiday gifts, you know, the ones that cause a child’s face to light up like a football stadium on Friday night. A rod lights up some kids, while a selection of cool lures makes others happy. But if your kids like to fish as mine do, there is a practical gift to consider: a lifetime fishing license
A lifetime fishing license is a gift that keeps on giving. At the time of purchase they cost a lot more, but if your child is a fishing fanatic then it’s a great present. Over time the lifetime license will save you…and later them…a tremendous amount of money. Let’s get the math out of the way and look at a state like Oklahoma that offers good fishing for a lot of different species.
Lifetime Fishing License in Oklahoma
- Cost of a one-year license in 2016: $25.00
- Cost of a Lifetime Fishing License in 2016: $225.00
- Time required to break even (at $25.00/year): 9 years.
- Average cost of a fishing license across 40 years of fishing: $5.62/year. That’s almost an 80% discount off of the $25.00 fee. And, you can spend that savings on more tackle!
According to numbeo.com, a pair of Levi’s jeans cost $42.00 and an average pair of Nike running shoes runs you $74.00. A lifetime fishing license? It’s among the least expensive presents you’ll ever give! Shoot, the average cost of a meal at McDonald’s is $7.00.
The odds are pretty good that you won’t get a big smile or a high five when the package is opened. It’ll be a piece of paper in a box with wrapping paper. But that’s not the time to evaluate the present’s success. The time to do that is in the middle of a hot bite in the summer. And next year, and the year after. So get a lifetime fishing license. Your real thanks might come in 20 years, but so what? Good things come with time.