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    My son is 13 and a non resident. I read that persons under 16 do not need to purchase a license. Is this true for non residents as well? Also, is he allowed to keep his own limit or is he fishing under my limit as they do in Canada. I appreciate any input.

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    Looking at the regs, anyone under 16 (res or non-res) is not required to have a fishing license. He will have his own limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone Fishing View Post
    My son is 13 and a non resident. I read that persons under 16 do not need to purchase a license. Is this true for non residents as well? Also, is he allowed to keep his own limit or is he fishing under my limit as they do in Canada. I appreciate any input.
    Under 16, from anywhere, don't need a license. He doesn't need a king stamp. He does however need a harvest card. His limit is his own, not part of yours or vice versa. The size of his catch and possession limits are the same as for everybody else.

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    Thank you gentlemen. I was looking at the regs and they said it was 16 but said nothing beyond that so I thought I would ask a quick question. When we fish Canada, he doesn't have to buy a license but he can't keep a limit either. Because of that law, he has had his own licence since he was old enough to land a fish. Thanks again for your response.
    Edit: Harvest card? I'll have to look into that because that is something I haven't heard of before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone Fishing View Post
    Thank you gentlemen. I was looking at the regs and they said it was 16 but said nothing beyond that so I thought I would ask a quick question. When we fish Canada, he doesn't have to buy a license but he can't keep a limit either. Because of that law, he has had his own licence since he was old enough to land a fish. Thanks again for your response.
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    : Harvest card? I'll have to look into that because that is something I haven't heard of before.
    sorry Im new to editing quotes. a harvest card is a record of your catch and something that you should carry with you even if you have a licence. It is somewhat of a journal that your son can keep to show where and what he has caught and or if he has caught anything on that day. I was told about the journal idea and i am starting to get into the whole idea. that way you can plan your good days of fishing in the years to come.

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    A harvest card is only required when keeping fish that have a seasonal limit like kings (5 per year in fresh water). There are a few other fish that need to be recorded like rainbow trout and steelhead in some waters since you are only allowed 1 or 2 over a certain size depending on the river.
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