The Fishing License That Got Away
An unexpected chemical reaction is causing 2008 Oregon Hunting and Fishing Licenses to vanish. Like, disappear. No fooling. As part...
An unexpected chemical reaction is causing 2008 Oregon Hunting and Fishing Licenses to vanish.
Like, disappear. No fooling.
As part of a new license design implemented by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Department, the 2008 license is printed on a high-tech synthetic material intended to resist water and wear.
That’s a good thing.
On the downside, some of the 500,000 Oregon hunters and anglers who bought their 2008 thermo-paper combo license and placed it in the plastic holder issued at the time of purchase found that the writing on the paper, uh, disappeared in a few weeks.
Poof! Like magic, a vanishing license!
Imagine how sportsmen reacted when they removed their license from its holder and discovered a blank piece of paper—or, in some cases, a license that was considerably faded to the point of being illegible.
“I’m not a chemist,” said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Doug Juergensen, “but the new paper somehow reacts to plastic.”
Addressing the problem as only a state agency can, ODFW issued a press release last month instructing license purchasers not to place the document in the plastic holders or to have them laminated.
In addition, the agency said it would provide fade-resistant Tyvek holders at all state license vendors beginning next week.
But what about the hunters and anglers who find themselves in possession of a fancy piece of blank, water-resistant paper?
They’ll have to pay $6.50 for a replacement license, says the ODFW.