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Hunting in Georgia: Six Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 04:32 PM

Before you grab your shotgun and head out to bag some game, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division says you probably need a hunting license. But, before you do that, here's a list of six things to do before you apply for your license.

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1. You have to have a hunting license in Georgia if you're 16 or older, unless you're hunting on land you own yourself or land that's owned by immediate family, either blood or dependent relationship, living in the same household.

2. If you're a nonresident, you have to have a hunting license, also called a permit, except nonresident small game hunters age 16 or less. Other licenses may be required depending on the type of game hunted.

3. Decide what type of hunting license you need. That depends on the species you are interested in hunting. A basic hunting license is required for all hunting, but you'll also need additional hunting permits depending on what type of animal you're going after. If you want to hunt deer, wild turkey, or bear, you'll also need to obtain a big game license. For hunting ducks and other waterfowl, you'll need a Georgia waterfowl license in addition to the basic hunting license. Some licenses cover multiple requirements, like the annual sportsman's license that covers all hunting and fishing license requirements in the state, except for the federal duck stamp.

4. Georgia hunting and fishing licenses are available throughout the state from approximately 400 license agents in many sporting goods stores, marinas, bait and tackle stores, and hardware stores. Licenses also may be purchased in person at Department of Natural Resources' law enforcement offices statewide.

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5. If you still have questions about what licenses you need before you set out on your hunt, contact a Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Game Management or law enforcement office, according to eregulations.com.

6. More than 481,000 people hunt in Georgia each year and on average 0.01 percent (or 1/100th of a percent) of these hunters are involved in a hunting incident each year. An average of 66 hunting incidents and an average of six fatalities have occurred in Georgia every year since 1981. According to the United States National Safety Council, people are 20 times more likely to die in a car accident than while hunting. Compared to other outdoor recreational activities, hunting ranks incredibly low, even lower than playing golf.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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