New Year, New fees, still taking your money. When can I purchase my 2011 Massachusetts Fishing, Hunting, or Sporting License or Recreational Lobster Permit online?The Department of Fish & Game is replacing its MassOutdoors online licensing system with a new system called MassFishHunt. Through this new system you can now purchase Massachusetts Fishing, Hunting, and Sporting Licenses from the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife and Recreational Lobster Permits and Saltwater Fishing Permits from the Division of Marine Fisheries for the 2011 calendar year. Will I be able to renew my motorboat, ATV, and snowmobile registrations via MassFishHunt?No. You must continue to use MassOutdoors to register motorboats, ATVs, and snowmobiles with the Office of Law Enforcement (Environmental Police).
MassFishHunt customers are charged a convenience fee by Active Outdoors, the provider of this electronic licensing service. Its convenience fee consists of a $1.50 service charge for each applicable license or permit purchased by the customer, plus an associated 3% internet handling charge on the total transaction amount. The Active Outdoors convenience fee will be clearly identified and itemized in your Shopping Cart prior to the processing of your payment.
Your $10.00 saltwater license will cost you $11.85.
3% convenience fee based on 11.50
and soon no way to avoid the 3% fee.
For those of you who are getting your license for free because of age you will still be paying the convenience fee.
What about people 60 and older?
People 60 and older must obtain a permit but the permit is free for these individuals (although a small fee will be charged by the vendor to process the permit through the internet).
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. Beware the black helicopters.