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Over the past year, we have made great strides in listening to you—our customer—to find ways to make it easier for you to support wildlife and get outdoors. We have done this while fulfilling our mission to conserve, enhance and promote Georgia’s fish and wildlife resources and outdoor heritage through science-driven research, management, regulation and education.

Let me tell you about a few things we’ve done in the past year:

  • Wildlife License Plate Changes: The license plates sporting an eagle, quail, trout or hummingbird provide vital funds for conserving rare species and other wildlife to programs that receive no state appropriations. House Bill 881 rolls back the cost of buying or renewing a wildlife plate to $25 and dedicates more than 75 percent of fees to the programs that depend on them.
  • Georgia Outdoor Map ( This is an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. It includes state parks, WMAs, PFAs, boat ramps, and historic sites. You can search by category to find locations where you can camp, hunt, hike, fish or explore history.
  • License Changes: House Bill 786 simplifies the proof of residency requirement for purchasing a lifetime license and also eliminates the residency requirement for purchasing an infant (<2 years old) lifetime license. This is a great opportunity for grandparents or parents to purchase a Georgia lifetime license for their child at a cost of only $200—no matter where they live! Recognizing the sacrifice made by those in the military, House Bill 740 allows all active duty military personnel, no matter the state they come from or where they are stationed, to purchase a resident short term or yearly hunting and fishing license. It’s the support of anglers like you that help make this work possible. If you’re an avid outdoorsman, like me, then know that when you buy or renew a wildlife plate your investment in our natural resources is a small way to give back to nature, and ensure it will be there for your enjoyment and for future generations.

This year, I expect fishing in Georgia to be one of the best we have ever seen. Through the increased amount of boat ramps, along with the fish restoration we have completed in many areas across the state, anglers have a lot to look forward to. I want to thank the Georgia General Assembly and Governor Deal for working with DNR in all that we have accomplished.

Thank you for your support and I hope you have an exciting and successful fishing season.

Mark Williams
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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