Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division
The Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) of the Georgia Department ofNatural Resources, formerly known as the Game and Fish Commission,regulates hunting, fishing, and the operation of watercraft in Georgia,protects non-game and endangered wildlife, and maintains publiceducation and law enforcement programs to ensure that Georgia's naturalresources will be conserved for our present and future generations.
The Law Enforcement Section is responsible for protecting Georgia'swildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertainingto game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants andanimals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control andother natural resource issues.
The law enforcement section also administers the state's huntereducation and boating safety programs.Conservation Rangers investigateviolations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. They also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens aboutwildlife laws and safety practices.
How to Get a Hunting License
You can buy a hunting license in one of three ways:
Georgia Hunting License Fees
For the most current hunting license fees, click here to visit the Hunting License Information section of the Wildlife Resources Division. Within this Web site you'll also find information about hunting seasons,fishing locations, wildlife viewing opportunities, boating safety,educational programs and more. You can even learn how to get involvedand support wildlife conservation efforts right here in Georgia.
Georgia lifetime licenses cover all sport hunting and fishing licenses, except for the Federal Duck Stamp and the free Federal Harvest Information Program Permit. Deer hunters also must pick up a Deer Harvest Record from a license dealer prior to hunting each year. Lifetime licenses are valid for the life of the person, even if they move out of Georgia. People who purchase a lifetime license will receive a colorful, plastic license card. Senior license holders (65 years and older) may purchase the plastic card for a $10 processing fee. You must be a Georgia resident for at least 12 months immediately preceding the application for the lifetime license and provide proof of residency in order to be eligible for this license.
Fishing Licenses and Where to Buy Them
You can buy a fishing license in one of three ways:
How long are licenses valid?
All recreational seasonal hunting and fishing licenses are good forone full year (12 months) from the day that they are purchased. Two yearlicenses are also available that are valid for two full years (24months) from the day they are purchased. Prior to February 2004,hunting and fishing licenses expired at the end of the traditional"license year" (March 31) no matter when they were purchased. Commerciallicenses (commercial fishing, Wild Animal dealer, wholesale or retailfish dealer, etc) will continue to expire on March 31 of each year. Since there is no longer a "license year" for recreationallicenses, license buyers now get more value - not to mention moreopportunities to hunt and fish - for their annual or two year licensepurchase price.
Save money on Georgia Fishing Licenses & Fees
If you renew your annual or two-year license before expiration, you will receive a discount on the license fee. Purchase a 2-year license and save money on the license fee compared to purchasing two one-year licenses. With a two-year license, you also save even more by not paying a second transaction fee. Fill in your email address (optional), and receive a renewal reminder from DNR before your current license expires (renew before expiration and save!).
Note: Click here for full information on residency requirements for license purchases and information on who is required to have a license.
Georgia Fishing License Fees
For the most current hunting license fees, click here tovisit the Fishing License Information section of the Wildlife ResourcesDivision. Within this Web site you'll also find information abouthunting seasons,fishing locations, wildlife viewing opportunities,boating safety,educational programs and more. You can even learn howto get involvedand support wildlife conservation efforts right here inGeorgia.
Lifetime Sportsman License
A lifetime license allows the purchaser to enjoy a lifetime worth ofhunting and fishing privileges in the State of Georgia. License is validif you move out of state. Does not include the Federal Duck Stamp. Download a Lifetime Sportsman's License application and mail or hand-deliver itto a Wildlife Resources Division office. The Lifetime Sportsman'sLicense is not available online because of strict residency and agedocumentation requirement. Credit card transactions may not be available at every WRD office, please call local office to verify.
One Time Honorary Veterans Hunting and Fishing Liceense
A free hunting and fishing license issued once formilitary veterans discharged on or after July, 1 2005. Requires AdobeAcrobat. Click here for a One-time Honorary Veterans Hunting and Fishing License application.
Disability Hunting and Fishing License
Application for Disability Hunting and Fishing license.Only with approval that you are totally disabled,unable to hold gainfulemployment and that you are a resident of Georgia. Click here for the application for Disability Hunting and Fishing License.
Why DNR Needs Your Social Security Number
Under OCGA Title 19-11-9.1(a.1), anyone purchasing anycommercial, professional or recreational licenses or permits mustfurnish their Social Security number prior to the purchase of any suchlicense or permit.
Some good reasons to buy a fishing license
Your purchase of a fishing license helps support the following Fisheries Section programs. If you want to support fisheries management and conservation of Georgia's aquatic resources, buy a fishing license today!
How to Register a Vessel
PRINT a Mail-in Vessel Registration application. Applications are not available at stores or marinas.
Click here for fees and additional information, including procedures for registering a vessel coming from another state.
For more information call the Boat Registration Office at 800-366-2661 or send an Email to: email@example.com