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Hunting Licenses
General:Reliable identification and a Social Security Number (SSN) are required to purchase a license (OCGA 19-11-9.1). Conservation rangers can require positive identification when checking licenses. All required hunting licenses and stamps must be in possession while hunting. Any person hunting or providing assistance to another hunter must meet applicable licensing requirements.

License Revocation Policy: Beginning September 1, 2008, individuals who egregiously or habitually violate Georgia’s game and fish laws and regulations are subject to have their hunting and fishing privileges revoked or suspended. Additionally, the ability to obtain a license may be suspended for up to two years and may also affect the privilege to hunt or fish in Wildlife Violator Compact member states

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Resident means any citizen of the US who has been domiciled within the state of Georgia for a period of at least three months. Residents include full-time miliary personnel on active duty who list Georgia as their home of record in their official military files or who are stationed at a military base located in Georgia and the dependants of such military personnel. Residents also include out-of-state college students living in Georgia. Students may use a current Georgia student ID as documentation.

Honorary License for Senior Citizens::Georgia residents 65 years old or older must obtain an Honorary License from any license dealer.

Honorary License for Disabled Georgians: Georgia residents who are permanently, totally disabled may obtain an Honorary License by applying to the License Unit 2065 US Hwy 278 SE, Social Circle, Georgia 30025, 1-800-366-2661. 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. Honorary License for disabled Georgians must be renewed every 3 years.

Honorary License for Returning Veterans: A one-year (from date of issuance) honorary license is available to returning veterans, that were on active duty for 90 or more consecutive days, and who were discharged on or after July 1, 2005. Such veterans may obtain this license by providing a copy of their DD Form 214, and a completed DNR application. Applications for this license may be obtained at any WRD office, or by contacting the License Unit, 2065 US Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025, 1-800-366-2661.

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Resident License is required for all resident hunters 16 years old or older except when hunting on land owned by them or their immediate family (blood or dependent relationship) residing in the same household.

Non-Resident License: : A valid Hunting License is required for all non-resident hunters, except non-resident small game hunters under 16. Additionally, non-resident big game hunters (deer, turkey, or bear) 16 years of age and older must posess a valid Big Game License. When hunting big game, non-residents under age 16 must possess a valid non-resident Hunting License, but are exempt from the Big Game License requirement. All non-resident deer hunters of all ages must possess a deer harvest record regardless of age.

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PRIMITIVE WEAPONS LICENSE is required for resident (16 years or older) and all non-resident archery and muzzleloader hunters during archery and primitive weapons deer seasons in addition to a Big Game License unless they possess a valid Honorary, Sportsman, or Lifetime License. Additionally, when hunting with primitive weapons (archery or muzzleloaders) during any firearms season open for any species, the hunter must have either a Hunting License or Primitive Weapons License in addition to other required licenses unless they possess a valid Honorary, Sportsman, or Lifetime License.

Big Game License is required for hunting deer, turkey, or bear, in addition to a regular Hunting License or Primitive Weapons License (if using primitive weapons). The Big Game License requirement is met by residents who possess a Lifetime, Honorary, or Sportsman License. Everyone else who hunts big game must purchase a Big Game License. It is unlawful to purchse or posses multiple Big Game Licenses.

Deer Dog Hunting License is required for all hunters participating in a dog deer hunt. Hunters who posses a valid Honorary, Lifetime, or Sportsman License can obtain a deer-dog license at no cost.

Deer Harvest Record is not a license, however it is automatically printed out for those hunters who purchase a Big Game license. A Deer Harvest Record is required for any person, regardless of age, who hunts deer. Deer hunters who are not required to purchase a Big Game License (Honorary and Lifetime License holders) must obtain a free Deer Harvest Record from any license agent. Unlike a hunting license, the Deer Harvest Record is not valid for a 12-month period - it is valid only for a single deer season. All deer hunters must obtain a new Deer Harvest Record each deer season. It is unlawful to posses multiple Deer Harvest Records.

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Federal Duck Stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years old or older and is available after July 1 from U.S. Post Offices. The stamp must be signed in ink across the face. To purchase a Federal Duck Stamp by phone, call 1-800-STAMP24 or on the internet at

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

A migratory bird hunting license or Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) Permit is required for any person who purchases a license and hunts migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules). This license is free and can be obtained from any license dealer by completing a migratory bird hunter questionnaire.

Wildlife Management Area (WMA) License is required for any person 16 years old or older, who does not possess a valid Honorary, Sportsman, or Lifetime License, when hunting on a WMA.

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RECIPROCAL AGREEMENTS: Beginning July 1, 2008 Georgia Honorary License holders must possess a Florida nonresident
hunting and freshwater fishing license to hunt and freshwater fish in Florida. Florida Honorary License holders must possess a Georgia non-resident hunting and fishing license to hunt and fish in Georgia

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ALLIGATOR HUNTING LICENSE is required for anyone hunting or assisting an alligator permit holder. This privilege is not covered by the Sportsman License. However, Lifetime and Honorary License holders to no need and Alligator Hunting License.

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REPLACEMENT CERTIFICATES: Anyone who completed a Georgia hunter education course and needs a replacement Hunter Education Certificate can obtain a replacement card online at or by calling 800-864-7275 (outside Atlanta) or 770- 389-7275 (in Atlanta) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for information.

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Sportsman License is a single license that covers all sport hunting and fishing licenses except: Deer dog license (free of charge for Sportsman License holders), Alligator License & Federal Duck Stamp. This license specifically includes the H.I.P Permit and Hunting, Primitive Weapons, Big Game, WMA, Georgia Waterfowl Conservation, Fishing and Trout Licenses.

LIFETIME LICENSES are valid for the life of the person and cover all sport hunting and fishing licenses (except Federal Duck Stamp). This specifically includes Alligator, Hunting, Primitive Weapons, Big Game, WMA, Georgia Waterfowl Conservation, Fishing and Trout Licenses. Hunters purchasing a Lifetime License will still need to obtain a H.I.P. Permit by completing a migratory bird hunter questionnaire each year. Also, deer hunters must obtain the annual deer harvest record. Lifetime License applications can be obtained at Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) offices or by mail.

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License Fees td>
Alligator Hunting License 50.00 50.00
Big Game License (3-day)NA 50.00
Big Game License (deer, turkey, bear) 9.00


Dog Deer Hunting Permit (season) 5.00 5.00
Hunting License 10.00 75.00
Hunting and Fishing Combination 17.00 na
Hunting License (1-day) 5.50 12.00
Hunting License (3-day) NA 30.00
Lifetime Licenses*
  Under 2 years old 200.00 NA
  Ages 2-15 350.00 NA
  Ages 16 and older 500.00 NA
  Ages 60-64 (Senior Discount) 95.00 NA
  Ages 65 and Over Free($10 plastic card) NA
  Veterans² 400.00 NA
  Non-Resident³ NA 1000.00
Migratory Bird Hunting License (H.I.P. Permit) Free Free
Primitive Weapons License 8.00 25.00
Shooting Preserve License NA 12.00
Sportsman License (see page 7) 60.00 NA
Trapping License 30.00 295.00
WMA License 19.00 73.00
Waterfowl Conservation License 5.50 5.50

* Applications must be accompanied by the following: Children: Certified copy of Birth Certificate and documentation of parentsí Georgia residence; Adults: Georgia Driverís License, Military ID card; or official Georgia ID card and one of the following: (1) Georgia Income Tax Form or G-2 Form from previous year; (2) Voter Registration Card; (3) Current automobile registration; or (4) Warranty Deed to property named on photo ID. Georgia Law requires that persons must be residents of Georgia for at least 12 months prior to applying fora Lifetime License.

²An applicant who is a resident shall not be eligible for issuance of such license unless he or she served 90 or more consecutive days of active military duty and were honorably discharged. Such veterans must provide a copy of DD Form 214 in addition to meeting residency requirements.

³An applicant who is a non-resident shall not be eligible for issuance of such license unless he or she is under 16 years of age and is the grandchild of a resident who holds a valid paid lifetime license. The resident grandparent who holds a lifetime license and who is the sponsor of a non-resident applicant for a lifetime license must certify the non-resident applicant´s relationship to him or her in writing to the Department

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 from the Department of Natural Resources, License Unit, License Unit, 2065 US Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025, or at License vendors statewide.

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