Why Does Georgia Issue DNR Hunting Licenses?

Georgia issues DNR hunting licenses because its Wildlife Resources Division manages the state's conservation and promotion of game animals. Georgia's Game Management Section oversees all Wildlife Management Areas in the state, and it monitors the harvesting of game animals as part of its conservation planning and habitat protection work. The WRD collects information from hunters to inform policies and regulations concerning Georgia's game animal populations.

Hunters in Georgia must pass a hunter education course before they can purchase a license. A licensed adult hunter must supervise unlicensed children while hunting. To apply for a license, hunters must present identification and a valid Social Security number. They must carry identification and a hunting license during a hunt, because conservation officials are authorized to check licenses in the field. Seniors, veterans and the disabled may apply for free hunting licenses in Georgia.

Hunters of feral hogs may participate in a program called Hunters Helping Farmers, which is sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture. This program pairs hunters with farmers who need to rid their farms of destructive hogs. The Department of Natural Resources also organizes quota hunts, which are used to control wild animal populations. Licensed hunters may apply for these hunts.

Special licenses apply to certain types of game animals; they are required in addition to a standard hunting license. Species that require special licenses include alligators and big game. Hunters of waterfowl and migratory birds must also purchase additional licenses; HIP licenses for hunting migratory birds, such as doves, ducks, geese and woodcock, are only valid during the season when hunters purchase them. Deer and turkey hunters are required to keep hunting logs. Hunters may purchase licenses at GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com or through a Georgia license agent.