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Hunting, Fishing and Boating in Georgia
DNR Wildlife Resources Division
The Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural 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 public education and law enforcement programs to ensure that Georgia's natural resources will be conserved for our present and future generations.
The Law Enforcement Section is responsible for protecting Georgia's wildlife populations by enforcing laws, rules and regulations pertaining to game and nongame animals, threatened and endangered plants and animals, exotic animals, boating safety, litter and waste control and other natural resource issues.
The law enforcement section also administers the state's hunter education and boating safety programs. Conservation Rangers investigate violations of wildlife laws, as well as hunting and boating incidents. They also conduct classes and programs to educate citizens about wildlife laws and safety practices.
How to Get a Hunting License
You can buy a hunting license in one of three ways:
From a License Dealer
Resident Georgia hunting licenses are available throughout the state from approximately 1,800 license dealers in many sporting goods stores, marinas, bait and tackle stores, hardware stores, etc. Most license dealers also sell non-resident licenses.
All licenses may be purchased in person or by mail from the Department of Natural Resources, License Unit, 2189 Northlake Parkway, Suite 108, Bldg. 10, Tucker, Ga. 30084 or at Department Law Enforcement offices. Orders by mail must include the applicant's name, Social Security Number (SSN), address, date of birth, weight and height with the proper payment.
Call 1-888-748-6887 (toll free) to purchase your hunting license by telephone. There is a $3.95 fee per transaction.
You can buy hunting licenses through this web site.
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 & Where to Buy Them
You can buy a fishing license in one of three ways:
Georgia fishing licenses are available throughout the state from more than 1,000 license dealers. License dealers can be found at major discount retailers, marinas, and sporting goods, bait and tackle, and hardware stores.
Licenses can be purchased in person from the Department of Natural Resources, License Unit, 2189 Northlake Parkway, Suite 108, Bldg. 10, Tucker, Georgia 30084. 770-414-3333.
Call 1-888-748-6887 (toll free) to purchase your fishing license.
You can buy fishing licenses through this web site. Follow the instructions to set up an online user account or log into an existing account.
How long are licenses valid? How has the "license year" changed?
All recreational hunting and fishing licenses will be good for one full year (12 months) from the day that they are purchased rather than expiring on March 31 of each year. Commercial licenses (commercial fishing, Wild Animal dealer, wholesale or retail fish dealer, etc) will continue to expire on March 31 of each year however. Since there is no longer a "license year" for recreational licenses, license buyers will now get more value - not to mention more opportunities to hunt and fish - for their annual license purchase price. For more information on license changes - call 770-414-3333.
Georgia Fishing Licenses & Fees
Note: Click here for full information on residency requirements for license purchases and information on who is required to have a license.
Never buy a fishing or hunting license again! For a one time price, Georgians can enjoy a lifetime of our state's great fishing and hunting. Lifetime licenses cover all sport fishing and hunting, 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 (65+) honorary lifetime license holders may purchase the plastic card for a $10 processing fee. You must be a Georgia resident for at least 12 months immediately prior to applying and provide proof of residency in order to be eligible.
NEW - Lifetime License for Non-resident grandchildren:
Details on Non-resident Lifetime License: This license is only available to grandchildren (age 15 or under) of current resident lifetime license holders (including Senior Discount Lifetime Licenses). The cost of this license is $1,000 and will be good for the life of the child, regardless of the child's future residence.