How To Eat Every Day For Free
(Especially When You're Out Of Money)
Abstract: Sometimes the chips are down but there are mouths to feed, including yours. Here’s what to do that can feed you for all time.
From The Category: Survival
This is a survival tactic for when the chips are down enough that daily food might become an issue. It is simple; it is elegant, and could save your butt even during times of short-lived catastrophe.
The beauty of this is that it was embraced from an “urban survival” standpoint. People who live out in the boonies already know how to survive off of the land. But those of us living a day-to-day existence in an urban environment are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to hunting or foraging for food, when it can’t be bought (due to disaster or financial circumstances).
To Guarantee The Availability of Food: What To Do
Okay, admittedly, it won’t be totally free, at least not up front. You will need to purchase a General Urban Fishing License. Last year they changed the name (at least in Arizona) to a General Community Fishing License.
The cost may vary from state to state but generally licenses are not expensive at all. In Arizona, a General Fishing License, allowing you to fish any designated location for a period of one year, is only $37 per resident, and $55 for a non-resident.
Who needs a license? According to Arizona Game & Fish: “A valid Arizona fishing license is required for Arizona resident and non-resident anglers 10 years of age or older fishing any public accessible water in Arizona. Youth under the age of 10 and blind residents do not need to purchase a state fishing license to fish in Arizona.”
You can contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, for information on urban or “community” fishing for your state.[i] OR, and this is a lot simpler:
Simply walk into virtually any Wal-Mart store and purchase a license directly over the counter, from their hunting and fishing section. They will also have the rules and regulations for that state along with every fishing location. Very easy! So, your state may have similar regulations, but probably not differing by much.
Staying Within The Rules
There are limits on daily catches, and how many rods you can have in the water, and even what you may catch fish with. Our state does not allow more than two rods per person, for example, and fishing nets can be used to scoop fish from the reel after it’s been caught, but not seine nets to catch the fish.
Here are the limits for Arizona:
Anglers may have no more than two hooks, or one artificial lure with more than one hook attached, or two artificial flies or lures, attached to the same line or pole. No snagging or use of seine nets, cast nets or dip nets to capture sport fish.[ii]
So be sure you are aware of your state regulations for handling your catch, what you may catch, limits, and so forth. But daily catch (bag) limits can feed a person or family easily. And once you buy the license, feeding yourself or your family can be virtually free.
Plus, there are other special licenses for which you may apply. The Disabled Veteran’s License (for example) grants all the privileges of a Hunt/Fish Combination License.[iii] Licenses for Anglers 70 years and older are complimentary; and so forth.
Recreation Or Survival
It doesn’t matter if your purpose is enjoyment or survival, the availability of food is only a short drive away, in most cases. In my area, people also fish the canals, which are stocked on a schedule the same as city lakes. Just find out where the fishing locations are nearest you, plus a rod and reel, and you’re good to go.
The fish are usually grain fed from nurseries; so contamination from pollutants, like mercury and poor water quality, are not a concern.
Who Pays For All Of This?
“Raising trout is a public service supported not from income taxes, but exclusively from revenues generated by anglers under the “user pay, user benefit” system. When you buy a fishing pole or lure, a small portion of the cost goes to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sportfish Restoration Program.
Your purchase of a fishing license is then used in combination with those Sportfish Restoration funds to pay for fish stocking efforts and keep the tradition of fishing alive.” [iv]
So you are sure to get high quality fish, and the consensus is typically the same… “The eating is good.”
[i] U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Information:
[ii] Community Fishing Guidebook; http://azgfdportal.az.gov/PortalImages/files/wildlife/urbanregs.pdf
[iii] Disabled Veteran’s License, https://azgfdportal.az.gov/license/speciallicense/disabledvets/