Dierks Bentley Ticketed For Fishing Without A License

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Over the weekend, Dierks Bentley was one of the headliners at the Seven Peaks Music Festival in Buena Vista, Colorado. Even though he had one of the leading performance slots, Bentley still found some time to have some fun on his weekend in the Centennial State.

That fun included some fishing in Cottonwood Creek along with fellow Seven Peaks headliner Luke Bryan. Bentley posted a photo of one of his catches on Sunday (September 1), and made it clear that he was having much better luck than Bryan.

btw… @lukebryan only caught one and this is my third in 30 mins… not that it’s a competition… totally not…” Bentley wrote.


While Bentley and Bryan had fun fishing in Colorado, it turns out they didn’t have the proper license to do so. While Bryan managed to walk away from his fishing excursion without any consequence, Bentley was actually stopped and ticketed by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer for fishing without a license.

In a now-deleted tweet, Bentley shared a video of himself in the officer’s patrol car, and issued a warning to Bryan and songwriter Hardy, who apparently also went fishing in Colorado.

Little heads up Lukey. Hardy…..?! CBS 4 News out of Denver quotes Bentley’s deleted tweet. “Actually appreciate the ticket. Appreciate being treated like a regular person. Appreciate what @COParksWildlife does. I’ll be all licensed up next time!

The CO Parks & Wildlife Twitter responded to Bentley’s deleted tweet by referencing his breakout hit, “What Was I Thinkin’.” CBS 4 News also reports that the CO Parks & Wildlife office said Bentley was welcome back in Colorado any time, as long as he gets a fishing license before any future fishing trips in their state.

You can watch the CBS 4 News report about Bentley’s encounter with the CO Parks & Wildlife officer below. He handled the whole thing so graciously, and you can tell the CO Parks and Wildlife office appreciates that.

After this experience, Bentley will definitely make sure he has the proper license before he ever goes fishing again!