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Georgia Hunting Licenses & Fees

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LICENSE FEES

TERM

RESIDENT

NON-RESIDENT

Hunting license

Annual

$10.00

n/a

Two-year

$18.00

n/a

Combo Hunting & Fishing license

Annual

$17.00

$100.00

Two-year

$31.00

n/a

Three-day

$3.50

$20.00

Apprentice Hunting license

Three-day

$3.50

$20.00

Big Game license

Annual

$9.00

$195.00

Two-year

$16.00

n/a

Three-day

n/a

$90.00

Dog-Deer Hunting license

Annual

$5.00

$5.00

Deer and Turkey Harvest Record (expires end of February)

Annual

Free

Free

Waterfowl Conservation license

Annual

$5.50

$5.50

Two-year

$11.00

$11.00

Migratory Bird Hunting license
(H.I.P. Permit) (expires end of Feb.)

Annual

Free

Free

Sportsman’s license

Annual

$55.00

n/a

Two-year

$105.00

n/a

Alligator Hunting license

Annual

$50.00

$200.00

Trapping license1

Annual

$30.00

$295.00

Wildlife Management Area license

Annual

$19.00

$73.00

Two-year

$38.00

n/a

Shooting Preserve license

Two-year

$12.00

$12.00

Lifetime Licenses

Under 2 years old

Lifetime

$200.00

$200.00

Ages 2–15

Lifetime

$350.00

n/a

Ages 16 and older

Lifetime

$500.00

n/a

Ages 60–64

Lifetime

$95.00

n/a

Ages 65 and older

Lifetime

Free

n/a

Veteran

Lifetime

$400.00

n/a

Non-Resident Grandchild (from 2-15 years old)

Lifetime

n/a

$1,000.00

Shooting Preserve license

Lifetime

$75.00

$75.00

Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP)

Individual

3-day

$3.50

Annual

$19.00

GORP Plus

3-day

$3.50

$20.00

Small Group (not more than 8 individuals)

3-day

$10.00

Annual

$35.00

1 Non-resident trapping license requires a forfeiture bond. Please refer to application for specific details at gohuntgeorgia.com.

Where to Buy Your License

Internet

gooutdoorsgeorgia.com

By Phone

1-800-366-2661

In Person

License vendors statewide. Check the list of vendors at gohuntgeorgia.com

Federal Duck Stamp

1-800-STAMP24, www.usps.com, www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or local US Post Office

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Early Renewal Discount

Most hunting and fishing licenses offer a discount of $2.75 just for renewing early!

Buy a Lifetime License

This one-time purchase satisfies all state license requirements for hunting and fishing for the life of the holder!

Give a Lifetime License

Lifetime License Gift Certificates available at gohuntgeorgia.com!

Hunter Education

All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1961 must successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license. All hunter education courses certified or mandated by any state wildlife agency or Canadian province are accepted. Residents may sign up for online or classroom courses at gohuntgeorgia.com or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

Hunter education is not required to purchase an Apprentice Hunting License, GORP Plus, or a Three-day Hunting & Fishing license. Hunter education is not required to hunt on one’s own land or land of a parent or guardian (blood or dependent relationship) residing in the same household, or to hunt pen raised game birds on licensed shooting preserves that provide specified hunter education instruction.

To obtain a replacement hunter education card visit gohuntgeorgia.com or call 1-800-366-2661 Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Age Requirements

HUNTERS UNDER AGE 16 are not required to complete a hunter education course. A child under age 16 must be under “direct supervision” or “directly supervised,” which means uninterrupted, unaided visual contact and auditory communication with the child by an adult. It is unlawful for an adult to permit their child or ward (under age 16) to hunt without adult supervision.

Exception: Hunters 12–15 years old may hunt unsupervised after successfully completing a hunter education course. Special restrictions may apply on WMAs and Federal Areas.

HUNTERS AGE 16–25 must successfully complete a hunter education course. A hunter education card is required when purchasing a season hunting license and must be in possession while hunting.

HUNTERS OVER AGE 25 and born after Jan. 1, 1961 must successfully complete a hunter education course but are not required to present their Hunter Education Card when buying a season hunting license or possess it while hunting.

APPRENTICE HUNTER is any person who has not successfully completed a hunter education course or does not possess a hunter education certificate. Apprentice hunters may purchase a three day Apprentice Hunting License to hunt and fish in Georgia.

Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP)

Any person, age 16-64, entering any designated fee area on state-owned WMAs and PFAs must possess a valid GORP. Designated fee areas are marked with a sign at the site or area entrance. Persons who possess a valid three-day hunting & fishing, WMA, Lifetime Sportsman’s, Sportsman’s, or Honorary license are exempt from this requirement. For details on GORP, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/georgia-outdoor-recreational-pass.

License Requirements

Reliable identification and a Social Security Number (SSN) are required to purchase a license (OCGA § 19-11-9.1). Conservation rangers may require positive identification when checking licenses. All required hunting licenses and stamps must be in possession while hunting or while assisting another hunter. It is unlawful to obtain, possess, or use multiple licenses for the purpose of circumventing the season bag limits.

Residency

RESIDENT means any person who has declared Georgia the only state of legal residence for a period of at least three months and has obtained a state of Georgia ID card or Georgia driver’s license. Out-of-state college students living in Georgia, full-time military personnel on active duty and the dependents of such military personnel may purchase resident hunting and fishing licenses other than resident Lifetime or Honorary licenses. Nonresident landowners must purchase a nonresident license.

RESIDENT HUNTERS UNDER AGE 16 must possess a Harvest Record to hunt deer and turkey. They are not required to possess any of the following: Hunting, Big Game, Wildlife Management Area, Georgia Waterfowl Conservation, Dog-Deer Hunting, Alligator Hunting licenses or Federal Migratory Bird Hunting (HIP) License and Conservation Stamp.

Honorary (free) Licenses

Applications available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

SENIOR CITIZENS: Georgia residents 65 years old or older may obtain a Lifetime Sportsman’s License free of charge. An optional Lifetime Sportsman’s Plastic Card may be purchased for $10.

DISABLED GEORGIANS: Georgia residents who are permanently and totally disabled may obtain an Honorary Disability License. Disability Licenses must be renewed every 3 years.

A qualifying disability is an impairment of a permanent and total nature, which prevents gainful employment and is certified as such by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Medicaid, Medicare, or Railroad Retirement System.

RETURNING GEORGIA VETERANS (one time only): Georgia resident military veterans that were on active duty for 90 or more consecutive days and who were honorably discharged on or after July 1, 2005 may obtain one annual Honorary License free of charge. Such veterans may obtain this license by providing a copy of their DD Form 214 and a completed DNR application.

Types of Licenses

RESIDENT HUNTING OR combo LICENSE is required for all resident hunters 16 years of age or older, except when hunting or fishing on one’s own land or land owned by immediate family (blood or dependent relationship) residing in the same household.

NONRESIDENT HUNTING & FISHING LICENSE is required for all nonresident hunters, except nonresident small game hunters under 16. All non-resident deer and turkey hunters must possess a harvest record for deer and turkey regardless of age.

HARVEST RECORD (DEER & TURKEY) is required for any person who hunts deer or turkey, regardless of age. The Harvest Record is only valid for a single year and may be obtained on or after March 1 for the upcoming season. The free Harvest Record is available at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, from any retail license agent, or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

ALLIGATOR HUNTING LICENSE is required, in addition to a valid Hunting License, for anyone 16 years of age or older hunting alligator or assisting an alligator permit holder. Lifetime Sportsman’s and Honorary License holders do not need an Alligator Hunting License. This privilege is not covered by the Sportsman’s License.

Big game license is required, in addition to a valid Hunting License, for hunting deer, turkey, or bear. The Big Game License is not required by resident hunters hunting one’s own land or land owned by immediate family (blood or dependent relationship) residing in the same household, residents and non-residents under the age of 16, or residents who possess an Honorary, Sportsman’s, or Lifetime Sportsman’s License.

Dog-deer hunting license is required for all hunters 16 years of age or older participating in a dog-deer hunt. Hunters who possess a valid Honorary, Sportsman’s, or Lifetime Sportsman’s License can obtain the dog-deer license at no cost.

Wildlife Management Area (WMA) License is required for any person 16 years of age or older hunting on a WMA, PFA or Georgia State Park unless they possess a valid Honorary, Sportsman’s or Lifetime Sportsman’s License, or they are hunting on a State Park quota hunt.

Migratory Bird Hunting (HIP) License

is required for any person who hunts migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules) and is required to have a hunting license to hunt. This free license is only valid for a single hunting season and expires at the end of February each year.

Georgia Waterfowl Conservation License is required for hunting waterfowl, except for hunters with a valid Honorary, Sportsman’s, or Lifetime Sportsman’s License, or children under the age of 16. Waterfowl hunters must also obtain a free Georgia Migratory Bird Hunting (HIP) License in addition to other required licenses and stamps.

Federal Duck Stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older including resident landowners and their immediate family. The stamp is valid from July 1–June 30 and must be signed in ink across the face. The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is available at US Post Offices, 1-800-STAMP24, www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or usps.com.

Sportsman’s License covers all hunting and fishing privileges excluding: Dog-Deer License, Alligator License, and Federal Duck Stamp. This license specifically includes Hunting, Big Game, WMA, Georgia Waterfowl Conservation, Fishing and Trout Licenses. Migratory bird hunters must obtain a Migratory Bird Hunting (HIP) license. Saltwater anglers must obtain a SIP license. Deer and turkey hunters must obtain a Harvest Record. Dog-Deer hunters must obtain a Dog-Deer license (free of charge).

Lifetime Licenses cover all state paid hunting and fishing privileges (free required state licenses and the Federal Duck stamp are not included) and are valid for the life of the license holder. These privileges specifically include Alligator, Hunting, Big Game, WMA, Georgia Waterfowl Conservation, Fishing, and Trout Licenses. Lifetime License applications may be obtained at www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, by calling 1-800-366-2661, or by visiting any WRD office. For identification and proof of residency requirements. Senior Lifetime Licenses are also available online and from license agents.

Excluded from Lifetime License: Migratory Bird Hunting (HIP) License, Dog-Deer License, Federal Duck Stamp, SIP permit, and Deer and Turkey Harvest Record.

Resident / NonResident Shooting Preserve License: A 2-year ($12) or lifetime ($75) shooting preserve license is available to residents and nonresidents. This license covers hunting pen raised game birds and fishing in any private or state waters located within the boundaries of licensed private or commercial shooting preserves. Hunter safety requirements for hunting pen raised game birds on properly licensed shooting preserves may be met by hunter education instruction that, at minimum, demonstrates techniques for proper firearm handling, unloading, and safety. Appropriate licenses, hunter safety certification requirements, and state seasons and regulations apply when hunting wild game birds or other wildlife on shooting preserves. Exception: it shall be lawful to hunt bobwhite quail between October 1 and March 31 of the following year on licensed shooting preserves.