Georgia Hunting License Fees


On Saturday, July 1, Georgia’s resident hunting and fishing licenses increased for the first time in 25 years. The new resident license fees are highlighted in the table below. Here is the official statement from the Georgia DNR on the fee increase:

The last license price increase for residents of Georgia was in 1992. In 1992, a first-class stamp cost 29 cents, gas was a little over a dollar a gallon, computers ran Windows 3.1, Czechoslovakia was one country, and CDs outsold cassette tapes for the first time.

A lot has changed since 1992, and now the price of Georgia resident hunting and fishing licenses reflects that. These new prices are still some of the lowest in the country, and average for the Southeast.

A dollar doesn’t go as far today as it did in 1992. This change in prices will help us recapture lost purchasing power through increased license revenue and increased federal funding.

Under the new price structure, more hunters and anglers will be considered “certified” under the regulations that determine how much federal money a state receives. Hunters and anglers who were previously not charged the minimum amount to draw down federal monies, and who therefore were not counted as “certified” participants, will now be counted by the federal government. The primary source of revenue is not the dollars from the license fee itself, but the federal dollars for which we are now eligible.

This certification completes the cycle that brings money entering the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program through purchases made in Georgia back to Georgia.

Licensing is simpler under the new law. Wildlife Management Area, Deer-Dog, Waterfowl and 1-day Saltwater Fishing Shore licenses are all a thing of the past.

Increased funding in line with the costs of doing business in 2017 will allow us to maintain our current programs. It will also enable us to open more gates on WMAs for longer, plant more food plots, upgrade shooting ranges and build more ranges, create new fishing and boating access opportunities, increase technical assistance for landowners and hunting clubs, stock more fish and hire over 40 game wardens so that each county in Georgia has its own dedicated game warden.

To purchase a license online, visit the Georgia DNR Online License System, find a local license agent, or call 800-366-2661.


Annual Resident Hunting Licenses

License TypeOld FeeNew Fee
Hunting license (16-64)$10.00$15.00
Senior Hunting License (65+)--$4.00
Big Game License$9.00$25.00
Alligator Harvest Permit$50.00$75.00
Resident WMA permit (annual)$19.00--
Georgia Migratory Bird Permit$5.00$5.00
Disability Hunting License--$3.00
Resident hunting/fishing combo (annual)$17.00$30.00

Annual Resident Sportsman’s Licenses

LicenseOld PriceNew Price
Sportsman's License (16-64)$55.00$65.00
Optional Youth Sportsman's License--$15.00
Senior Sportsman's License (65+)--$7.00
Disability Hunting & Fishing License--$5.00

Resident Lifetime Licenses

LicenseOld FeeNew Fee
Infant Lifetime Sportsman's License (Under 2)$200.00$500.00
Youth Lifetime Sportsman's License (2-15)$350.00$600.00
Adult Lifetime Sportsman's License (16-49)$500.00$750.00
Older Adult Lifetime Sportsman's License (50-59)--$375.00
Senior Discount Lifetime Sportsman's License (60-64)--$315.00
Senior Lifetime Sportsman's License (65+)--$70.00
Free Senior Lifetime Sportsman's License (born on or before June 30, 1952)--FREE

50 thoughts on “Georgia Hunting License Fees

      • Robert sizemore

        first you need go to your local DNR office and get the form to be mailed in and then you will need to go to your local SSI office and get your award letter and a copy of your ID and Mail all that to the address on the form and you can send a 10 dollar money order if you can afford it and get a hard card you can get hunting and fishing for 3 dollars I think or you can just get fishing if you don’t hunt it is a 3 year lisence

      • mike Braswell

        Yes this is typical BS from the STATE. Triple the fees? This is outrages. Looks like there will be many more folks who can not afford to hunt and fish legally. I guess through the state will hire many new people to enforce the laws.

    • phil willaims

      i can see the licences taking a modest price increase,but WHY did the lifetime licences take such a huge jump,thanks,phil

  • Timothy E Smith

    What happend to the WMA permit ? Is there something taking its place ? For instance say a non hunter goes to a WMA to use the trails or firing range or the archery range or the camping areas , do they still have to purchase a GORP pass ? That was a way for the state to make money off of the non hunters that wanted to use the WMA facilities . That way it made it fair . If a hunter had to purchase a WMA stamp then a non hunter would have to purchase a GORP pass . I feel like something should be in place if the money for our hunting licenses is going to help with the WMA’s and all . The non hunter should have to pay something to use the WMA facilities .

    • Timothy,

      There is a new Public Lands Pass for $30, but I don’t have any details on who is required to have it. I do know that those with a hunting/fishing/sportsman’s/lifetime license will NOT be required to have one.

    • Jack

      There will be no GORP or WMA passes after July 1st. Hunters and fishers will be able to access WMA’s with there license. Non-hunters or fishers will have to buy a Land Access pass. I got this info from DNR Law Enforcement Division.

  • David Fige

    What about someone like myself who is 55, and would like to buy a lifetime sportsman. what is the cost.. as it’s not posted

  • Janet pritchard

    How much for resident fishing licence? And, if a senior already has a free lifetime licence (my husband is 71, had one since he turned 65 ), does it have to be renewed with a charge now?

  • Mike

    Well since they are raising prices they better start working on these WMA roads and better upkeep of the WMA overall. I do not have a problem paying a little more for better places to hunt and fish. And better pay for the officers because they sure do not do it for the money. Just sayin!!

    • Brandon,

      According to the DNR’s press release:

      “Increased funding in line with the costs of doing business in 2017 will allow us to maintain our current programs. It will also enable us to open more gates on WMAs for longer, plant more food plots, upgrade shooting ranges and build more ranges, create new fishing and boating access opportunities, increase technical assistance for landowners and hunting clubs, stock more fish and hire over 40 game wardens so that each county in Georgia has its own dedicated game warden.”

  • Steve

    It would be great if a DNR specific lottery ticket could be developed.
    Money used for hunting/fishing education….. even the printing of hunting regulation booklets….

  • C. Jones

    I wanted to voice my opinion on the senior 65+ fee. I don’t think they should have to pay anything. I believe they have paid their dues. No I’m not voicing as a senior I’m only 34 years old, but I think it would be respectful. The seniors are who taught us younger generation the love and respect for the outdoors, and one day I would like the same respect. I’m sure there’s another way to work the 4 dollars in somewhere else, like non-residents. Thank you, and God bless.

    • From my understanding, the senior licenses are more about being able to count those licenses so the state gets additional federal funding. Those federal funds are divided out to each state based on the number of licensed hunters, and in the past Georgia wasn’t able to count its senior hunters because they didn’t actually purchase a license.

      Brian Grossman

  • Shane

    If a current license is valid until October, are we good to go until renewal of that license as far as the new fees are concerned?

  • C. Lucas

    It appears these comments are all on the positive side, To C. Jones I second your opinion on respect, I haven’t reached 65 yet but like every other outdoors man I was taught the love of and respect for our great outdoors by older people mainly my father and grandfathers who have all passed away. With the cost of everything going up over the last 25 years not sure how our wildlife resource department has managed to accomplish all they have over that time without an increase in our fees. As a member of the law enforcement community in this great state my hat is off to them especially the rangers in the field as during hunting season everyone they encounter is armed. If my mat is correct it will be cheaper for me to purchase to 50-59 lifetime than to continue to buy the sportsman combo each year. While I hate to see a charge for the senior license I understand the reasons behind it and totally agree. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the wonderful people that work for us in this organization and I applaud and support them in their efforts to manage our natural resources for the enjoyment of all. Keep up the great work DNR!

  • Patrick

    If I hunt ducks, dove, small game, big game, run dogs, hunt the wma, and also fish what is the cheapest route? Do I just get the sportsman or do I need all of them? Also did the duck stamp go up?

    • Yeah, just get the Sportsman’s License for $65. That will cover you for everything but the federal duck stamp. The state migratory bird stamp is still $5 individually, but is free with your sportsman’s license.

      Brian Grossman

  • William Hull

    Couldn’t get out the last two or three years due to cancer crap, but was really looking forward to it this season. Now it looks like I’ve got stuff to sale. It’s not that bad of an increase, but I can’t afford it anymore.

  • Charlie

    Some of these prices are ridiculous in price. Big game is an outrageous jump. I see the past time of hunting fading in rural America at these prices.

  • Amber

    I think if you receive food stamps or have a certain amount of income then you should be able to hunt or fish to feed your family. I am not saying a free for all hunt but you should be allowed to take down a deer or fish enough to have meat for your freezer.

  • Hyperlite1215

    Finally had a kid and was saving the $200 for Lifetime < 2 to find out the price more than doubled to $500! Man, am I in a bit of a shock. Very disappointed.

  • Kenny

    I am a non-resident who for the past several years have bought an annual group GORP pass for $35. We usually used it two or three times a year in order to park at the DNR takeout on the Cartecay River so we could kayak that stretch. As I now understand it, this pass is no longer available and the current option would be to purchase two individual lands passes for $60 each – a total of $120 to use a parking lot a few times a year. Needless to say, I cancelled our trip to Georgia and went elsewhere this weekend. I’m not sure why this change was made, but I hope the state remedies this situation in the future.
    As a side note, I usually bought the annual pass because of the hassle of purchasing an individual pass on each visit. It can’t be done on site, and requires a printout if purchased on line (a capability not currently possessed by most cell phones. . .) In other locations, this is often handled by the use of an “iron ranger” giving users the ability to pay on site with a payment envelope. I’m not sure why this system is not used in Georgia.

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