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Georgia Hunting License General Information

Purchase Options for Hunting Licenses

Online

Secure your hunting license effortlessly by visiting GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com.

Phone

Call 1-800-366-2661 to purchase your license directly over the phone.

In Person

For a personal touch, buy your license from local vendors across the state. A comprehensive list is available at GoHuntGeorgia.com.

Federal Duck Stamp

Obtain your Federal Duck Stamp online via GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com or usps.com, by phone at 1-800-STAMP24, or by visiting your nearest US Post Office.

Benefits of Purchasing Georgia Hunting and Fishing Licenses

Direct Conservation Funding

By purchasing a license, contribute 100% of your fees to the vital cause of wildlife conservation in Georgia.

Economic Multiplication

Every license acts as an investment, magnifying your input by bringing an additional $50 to Georgia's wildlife initiatives through federal contributions.

Century-Old Tradition

Join the legacy—the community of conservationists who have been the backbone of wildlife protection for over a century.

Exceptional Value

A mere $15 yearly hunting or fishing license breaks down to just $0.04 per day, offering an affordable way to engage in these outdoor activities.

Expansive Access

Your license is a key to adventure, unlocking entry to Georgia's abundant Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Public Fishing Areas (PFAs), and most Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shooting ranges, expanding the scope of your outdoor experiences.

Defining Residency for Licensing in Georgia

Primary Residents

To be declared a 'resident' for license purposes, one must have lived in Georgia, with the state as their sole legal residence, for a minimum of three months. Proof of residency is verified through a Georgia driver's license or ID.

Temporary Residents

Full-time college students from out of state are eligible for resident licenses by presenting a valid college ID, provided they reside in Georgia. Similarly, active duty military personnel stationed in Georgia are entitled to resident licenses upon showing a U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card indicating Uniformed Services status. This privilege extends to their dependents as well, except for lifetime, disability, and honorary licenses.

Nonresident Landowners

Landowners who do not meet the residency qualifications must procure a nonresident license for hunting and fishing activities.

Hunter Education Requirements

All individuals born on or after January 1, 1961, are mandated to complete a certified hunter education course before obtaining a hunting license. Acceptance of the course is contingent upon it being certified or mandated by a state wildlife agency in the United States or a Canadian province. Prospective hunters have the option to participate in education courses either through an online platform or in a traditional classroom setting. Registration for these courses can be accomplished by visiting the GoHuntGeorgia.com website or by directly contacting the provided telephone number, 1-800-366-2661.

Licensing Mandates for Hunters

Securing a hunting license mandates the presentation of valid identification coupled with a Social Security Number (SSN), as stipulated by OCGA § 19-11-9.1. When verifying licenses, Game Wardens are authorized to request identification from individuals. Hunters must carry all necessary hunting licenses and stamps while engaged in hunting or aiding another hunter, and electronic iterations are deemed acceptable. The law strictly prohibits the acquisition, possession, or use of multiple licenses for the express purpose of bypassing established season bag limits.

An exemption from hunter education requirements is extended to those purchasing either an Apprentice Hunting License or a short-term license. However, individuals securing a Lifetime License are obliged to have completed hunter education before participating in hunting activities unless they qualify for an age exemption or are under appropriate supervision. Landownership offers additional exemptions; hunter education is not required for those hunting on their land or that of a parent or guardian with whom they cohabitate, nor for individuals hunting pen-raised game birds on properly licensed shooting preserves that provide hunter education instruction (refer to Shooting Preserve License for details).

For those requiring a replacement hunter education card, the recommended course of action is to visit GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com or to contact the designated telephone service at 1-800-366-2661 during operational hours, specifically Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hunter Age-Specific Regulations

Minors Under 16

Individuals under the age of 16 are exempt from the hunter education course requirement, provided they are under the direct and uninterrupted supervision of a licensed adult. "Direct supervision" is characterized by constant visual contact and the ability to communicate audibly without assistance. There is a legal obligation placed on adults to ensure that their children or wards under 16 do not hunt unsupervised.

Exception for Young Hunters 12–15

However, hunter education exemptions exist for those aged 12–15, who are permitted to hunt unsupervised upon the successful completion of hunter education. Note that special conditions may apply to Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and federal lands—further details can be found under Public Hunting Opportunities.

Hunters Aged 16–25

Hunters aged 16 to 25 must obtain and present a hunter education card to purchase a season hunting license and are also required to retain it on their person while hunting.

Hunters Aged Over 25

Those over 25, born post-January 1, 1961, must also complete the hunter education but aren't mandated to show their Hunter Education Card at the point of season hunting license purchase or carry it while hunting.

Apprentice Hunters

Defined as those who have not completed a hunter education course or who do not hold a hunter education certificate, apprentice hunters are eligible to acquire a short-term Apprentice Hunting License, which allows for legal hunting and fishing within the state of Georgia.

Lands Pass Requirement for Georgia Outdoor Access

Individuals aged 16 and above who wish to enter any Wildlife Management Area (WMA) or Public Fishing Area (PFA) in Georgia must have a valid license that permits hunting or fishing on state land, or they must hold a Lands Pass. There are specific exceptions to this rule, and for details on these exclusions, interested parties are directed to visit the specified website at georgiawildlife.com/LandAccess. Signage is deployed at WMAs and PFA entrances to notify visitors of the requirement for a license or land pass to engage in hunting or fishing activities. Further information regarding public hunting opportunities, as well as any additional instructions or restrictions, can be reviewed in the Public Hunting Opportunities section.

Complimentary License Opportunities in Georgia

Senior Citizens

Georgia residents who were born on or before June 30, 1952, are entitled to receive a Lifetime Sportsman's License at no cost. Optionally, they can opt to purchase a durable plastic Lifetime Sportsman's Card for $10. Furthermore, Georgia offers budget-friendly senior annual and lifetime licenses for residents aged 65 and over who were born on or after July 1, 1952, enabling them to partake in sporting activities at a reduced rate.

Georgia Veterans

The state of Georgia also honors returning military veterans with a special one-time offering. Resident veterans who have served on active duty for a minimum of 90 consecutive days and received an honorable discharge on or after July 1, 2005, are eligible to receive one annual Honorary License free of charge. To take advantage of this benefit, qualifying veterans are required to submit a copy of their DD Form 214 along with a completed Department of Natural Resources (DNR) application.

Types of Hunting Licenses in Georgia

Resident Licenses

  1. Resident Hunting License: Required for residents aged 16 and older, except when hunting or fishing on their land or land owned by an immediate family residing in the same household.
  2. Combo License: Combination of hunting and fishing privileges for residents aged 16 and older.
  3. Sportsman's License: Covers hunting, big game, fishing, and trout licenses for residents aged 16 and older. Includes additional requirements for duck hunters, migratory bird hunters, and saltwater anglers.

Nonresident Licenses

  1. Nonresident Hunting License: Mandatory for all nonresident hunters, except those under 16 engaged in small game hunting.
  2. Nonresident Combo License: Combination of hunting and fishing privileges for nonresident hunters.
  3. Nonresident Sportsman's License: Provides all-purpose hunting and fishing privileges for nonresident hunters. Includes big game license and harvest record for hunters aged 16 and older.

Harvest Record

  1. Required for hunting alligator, bear, deer, or turkey, regardless of age.
  2. Valid for a single year, available for the upcoming season from March 1 onwards.
  3. Harvest must be recorded at the kill site and reported online or by telephone within 24 hours.

Alligator Harvest Permit

  1. Permit required to harvest alligator, obtained through the alligator quota hunt process.
  2. Accompanying or assisting individuals must possess a valid hunting license.
  3. Free permit available for select license holders participating in Alligator Quota Hunt.

Big Game License

  1. Required in addition to a valid hunting license for hunting bear, deer, or turkey.
  2. Not necessary for resident hunters on their own or immediate family land, resident or nonresident individuals under 16, or holders of certain licenses.
  3. Harvest records also required for bear, deer, or turkey hunting.

GA Waterfowl & Migratory Bird License

  1. Essential for hunting migratory birds like doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules.
  2. Requires a hunting license and is age-specific.
  3. Free licenses are available for resident landowners hunting their land and holders of specific licenses.

Federal Duck Stamp

  1. Required for waterfowl hunters aged 16 and older, including resident landowners and their immediate family.
  2. Valid from July 1 to June 30 and must be signed across the face.
  3. Available at US Post Offices, 1-800-STAMP24, www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, or usps.com.

Sportsman's License

  1. Includes hunting, big game, fishing, and trout licenses.
  2. Additional requirements for duck hunters and migratory bird hunters.
  3. Saltwater anglers must obtain a free SIP license.
  4. Alligator, bear, deer, and turkey hunters must have a free Harvest Record.

Resident Optional Youth Sportsman's License

  1. Optional multi-year license for residents aged up to 15, valid until the 17th birthday.
  2. Includes privileges for all hunting and fishing, including big game and trout.
  3. Free Harvest Record, GA Waterfowl & Migratory Bird License (16+), Quota Alligator Harvest Permit (if selected), and SIP (16+) must be obtained each year.
  4. Hunter education is required at age 16.

Nonresident Youth Sportsman's License

  1. Annual license available for nonresident youth aged up to 15.
  2. Covers hunting and fishing privileges, except for the Quota Alligator Harvest Permit.
  3. Requires a harvest record, GA Waterfowl & Migratory Bird License (16+), and SIP (16+).

Disability Hunting License

  1. Available for permanent and disabled Georgia residents.
  2. Certification of a qualifying disability by recognized authorities is required.

Lifetime Sportsman's Licenses

  1. Covers state-paid hunting and fishing privileges, excluding required licenses and stamps.
  2. Valid for the life of the license holder and includes Hunting, Big Game, Fishing, and Trout Licenses.
  3. Applications are available at GoHuntGeorgia.com, through 1-800-366-2661, or at any WRD office.
  4. Exclusions: Free GA Waterfowl and migratory Bird License, Federal Duck Stamp, Free SIP permit, Free Alligator Harvest Permit, and Harvest Record (bear, deer, turkey). These must be obtained annually.

Resident / Nonresident Shooting Preserve License

  1. Not required for active Georgia hunting license holders.
  2. Available for residents and non-residents, covering hunting of pen-raised game birds and fishing in licensed private or commercial shooting preserves.
  3. Hunter safety requirements apply, and exceptions are made for bobwhite quail hunting on licensed preserves between October 1 and March 31.
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