Used to be you didn't need a fishing license if you were 65 or older. I wanted to take my dad out fishing and he has no license. But I wanted to make sure. Thus began my "trip to confusion" land. ======= When I check the KDFW booklet requiring fishing licenses for 65 year olds, there's no reference to the question at all. However, there's a listing that specifies: Senior/Disabled Sportsman's* (Includes same license and permits as Resident Sportsman's License, plus additional deer permits.) and the cost is $12. https://fw.ky.gov/Licenses/Pages/Fees.aspx ====== The booklet provides no further detail on this subject in the section entitled, "Resident Senior and Disability Licenses" which merely states: Kentucky residents 65 years of age or older. Seniors need only show proof of age and residency to purchase this license." https://fw.ky.gov/Licenses/Pages/Resident-Senior-and-Disabled-Licenses.aspx To add to the confusion--is this $12 "Senior Sportsman's license" a one time fee and good for life? KRS 150.175 certainly implies it does. However, again, the KDFW booklet is vague on this or completely fails to address this. ======= To add even more to the confusion, a KDFW booklet states, "RESIDENT SENIOR AND DISABLED LICENSES The following are eligible to purchase the $5 Senior or Disabled Combination Hunting and Fishing License (which includes the same license and permits as the Resident Sportsman’s License, plus additional deer permits): Kentucky residents 65 years of age or older. https://fw.ky.gov/FishBoatGuide/Pages/Fishing-Regulations.aspx So is it $12 or frickin' $5?? ========== I don't think my dad will ever be able to hunt again, but he can fish some...maybe. 150.175 Kinds of licenses and tags--Multiyear licenses or permits. (25) A senior combination hunting and fishing license, which authorizes the holder to perform all acts valid under a sport fishing license, a sport hunting license, or a state permit to take deer, turkey, trout, waterfowl, or migratory shore or upland game birds, and which shall be available to a Kentucky resident who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older. The senior combination license shall not be valid unless the holder carries proof of residency and proof of age, as the department may require by administrative regulation, on his or her person while performing an act authorized by the license; (26) A senior lifetime combination hunting and fishing license, which remains valid until the death of the holder and authorizes the holder to perform all acts valid under a sport fishing license, a sport hunting license, and a state permit to take deer, turkey, trout, waterfowl, and migratory shore and upland game birds, and which shall be available to a Kentucky resident who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older.... ============== The KDFW implies all licenses are renewal by March 1. However the Kentucky Revised Statue specifies lifetime. So do you have to renew the Senior license?? Typical cluster F.... It's a little bit bloody confusing...so you can't just fish at 65 years old or older, you have to get the "Senior Lifetime Combination Hunting and Fishing" license? I doubt if my Dad would go for that at all. He was adamant he didn't need a fishing license being over 65. I'll probably just let this drop and forget the fishing trip...and even if I pay for it, which I would, this will really piss him off.