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On behalf of the Department of Natural Resources, I want to thank all of the sportsmen who support wildlife and wildlife conservation in Georgia. Fishing, hunting and trapping are a valued part of our cultural heritage. I have long enjoyed fishing and hunting throughout our state, especially in South Georgia where I’ve lived for many years. These are traditions that I’m committed to protecting.

Not only are hunting and fishing great outdoor activities, they also have a huge economic impact on our state. Anglers and hunters spend an average of $5 million per day in Georgia, with a total economic impact of more than $3 billion each year for local communities.

Sportsmen are the original conservationists. Your financial support in the form of license sales and buying outdoor recreational equipment allows for the purchase and management of land for a variety of public fishing and hunting opportunities.

Licenses are available online, by phone (1-800-366-2661), and through retail license agents. We also have many customer service conveniences including a $2.75 discount on many licenses if renewed before they expire, special pricing for multiple-year licenses and special hunting/fishing combination licenses.

How else can you support wildlife? Purchase a Lifetime hunting and fishing license for you, your child or grandchild. Put a wildlife license plate on your car. Donate to the Wildlife Conservation Fund Tax Check-off on your state income tax form. Or, volunteer your time with a conservation group.

Thank you for your continued support, and good luck on your next fishing or hunting trip!

Mark Williams
Commissioner of Natural Resources

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