Lack of Arkansas Fishing License Has Become Issue in Tennessee Governor's Race

OCTOBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 5:04 p.m. CDT

NASHVILLE, TN - In the Tennessee governor's race, having a fishing license in Arkansas has become a matter of interest since Republican gubernatorial nominee Jim Bryson described himself as a hunter and fisherman.

An Arkansas native, Bryson has never held a hunting or fishing license in either Tennessee or Arkansas.  But Bryson spokesman Lance Frizzell says Bryson has done some fishing in Arkansas at his father's farm pond.  If so, the Knoxville News Sentinel says Bryson apparently violated Arkansas law.

Jill Shaw of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission's licensing division says even landowners must have a license to fish or hunt on their own property.  Shaw says a review of Arkansas licensing records found no record of Bryson ever holding an Arkansas license to hunt or fish.

Bryson is challenging Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen.

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