Vermont Governor implements reciprocal license agreement

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Hunters, Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont and the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited have recognized Vermont’s Governor James Douglas for his instrumental role in implementing a reciprocal fishing license agreement between New York and Vermont, the association reported in a statement Monday.

The agreement, to become effective January 1, allows anglers from each state to fish in all major areas of Lake Champlain if they hold a license from either state, according to the association.

A plaque commemorating the Governor’s support was presented to him at his Monpelier office on Monday. Assemblymen Chris Ortloff, Wibs McClain, and Vermont legislators who led the floor action on the bill were also present.

“We are proud to recognize the Governor’s work on this important agreement, which will do much to improve angling opportunities for both Vermonters and New Yorkers,” said Ed Davis, president of the Hunters, Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont.

“Anglers on both sides of the lake can now enjoy greatly improved recreational benefits as a result of the reciprocal license,” added Hap Wheeler, representing the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited.

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