All Georgia residents between the ages of 16 and 64 must hold a resident hunting license. It is possible that additional licenses will be required. For further information, go to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website. A non-resident hunting license is required for all non-resident hunters and landowners. A person under the age of 16 who is hunting small game is exempt. Landowners or guests without a direct relationship to the land on which they are hunting can also apply for a special use permit. The cost is $5 for small game and $50 for deer.
Only one licensed hunter may take part in any given season. If you share your license with another person, that person is not able to hunt using your tag. Tags can be shared among family members or friends if they have their own license application forms completed and signed by you. Sharing tags this way is called "tag sharing."
The number of licenses sold each year varies depending on how much interest there is in certain species. Usually only a few hundred special use permits are issued each year.
In order to protect wildlife and ensure a fair chase environment, the maximum age for hunting varies by species. Hunters over the age of 16 are allowed to take bear south of its normal range and west of the Mississippi River. They are also permitted to take bobcat in northern Georgia. Older hunters are also allowed to take caracal, leopard, and serval.
Hunting seasons vary by species and region.
Hunters under the age of 12 are not obliged to take a hunter education course unless they are hunting on national wildlife refuges (NWRs) or park service grounds. Anyone who hunts inside the state must have a hunting license. The cost of a license varies depending on the hunter's age, the kind of license, and whether or not the hunter is a Georgia citizen. A non-resident fee is also charged. The fee is $10 for a youth license, $20 for an adult license, and $30 for a lifetime license.
Those 16 or older can take the course regardless of their age. The class covers topics such as firearm safety, proper use of ammunition, field dressing animals, and dealing with human error. There is also a test at the end of the course that must be passed to receive your Hunter Education Certificate.
The deadline to take the course is three months after you turn 14 years old. However, if you want to be able to carry a gun on NWRs and PRAs (protected research areas) when you're 15, then you should take the course by then. You cannot be licensed as a guide until you're 18.
To get certified, go to www.georgiawildlife.com and click on "Hunter Education." The next step will be to select a location and date/time for your class. If you miss this step, you will have to wait until the following year to retake the course.
Landowners Nonresident landowners in Georgia must get a nonresident license in order to hunt or fish. Nonresidents under the age of 16 must have a valid nonresident hunting license for hunting large game, however they are exempt from the big game license requirement. Nonresidents are defined as someone who lives outside of Georgia but visits and stays for more than 30 days within any 12-month period.
Nonresident licenses are good for one year from the date of issuance. A new license must be purchased each year. Residents are required to purchase a resident license.
Nonresidents are allowed to take deer with a crossbow if they have been issued a special use permit by the commissioner. The permit is $10 for the first deer taken and $5 for each subsequent deer. The fee goes into the bowhunter education program.
Nonresidents are not allowed to possess firearms while in Georgia unless they are authorized to do so as a member of the military or employed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
It is illegal for unauthorized persons to transport weapons into Georgia. Those found in violation of this law can be charged with a felony and face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Nonresident family members of a resident landowner must get a nonresident license to hunt or fish, with the exception of nonresidents under the age of 16, who may fish and hunt small game without a Georgia license. Nonresidents are defined as anyone who is not a citizen of the United States or otherwise a legal resident of Georgia.
Nonresident licenses are valid for one year and can be obtained online at www.georgiawildlife.com or by calling 1-800-GEORGIA-WILD (1-800-338-4797). The cost is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents.
Resident landowners are defined as citizens of Georgia who have been issued a Georgia fishing or hunting license. Landowners who are not residents but who possess a nonresident permit can use their license to hunt on their resident landowner's property.
Nonresident tags must be returned to the Department of Natural Resources after each trip to indicate that hunting has occurred. Failure to do so could result in fines being imposed for violations of Georgia's Game and Fish Code.
The law requires that all persons over 16 years old obtain a license to shoot deer. A license is also required for taking turkey, bear, squirrel, waterfowl, and other game.
16 years of age or older A resident hunting license is required for all Louisiana residents aged 16 and above. The resident hunting license must be displayed on the outside of the vehicle at all times when hunting.
Nonresidents aged 16 and 17 may apply for an optional nonresident permit. The nonresident permit is valid for 12 months from the date of issue and must be displayed on the outside of the vehicle at all times when hunting. Nonresidents who are under 18 cannot apply for a hunting license; however, they can hunt with a licensed hunter who is at least 21 years old. A nonresident tag is required for each person applying for a nonresident permit. Tags are available through licensed hunters who agree to act as agents for non-Louisiana residents. Agent fees vary depending on the number of days the hunter plans to hunt during the season.
Persons over the age of 18 but not yet 21 can apply for a special nonresident permit. This permit is valid for two consecutive years from the date of issue and may be used only by the same person each year. The special nonresident permit must be displayed on the outside of the vehicle at all times when hunting.
No one under the age of 18 may apply for a hunting license.