management

Hunting & Fishing License Changes

What Changed:  July 1, 2017

WMA License

The WMA License is no longer available or required. A basic hunting or fishing privilege that allows hunting or fishing on state lands is all that is needed to be present on designated state WMAs, state PFAs, and state shooting ranges. (Big game, waterfowl, trout, or other licenses may also be additionally needed, depending on activity).

Georgia Game Check: Reporting Turkey/Deer Harvest

All turkey and deer hunters are required to have a Harvest Record for the current season.

This includes:

  • hunters under 16 years of age
  • landowners
  • honorary, lifetime and sportsman's license holders
  • hunters not required to purchase any license or a big game license
  • hunters whose big game license has not expired

Additionally, all harvest must be reported within 72 hours through Georgia Game Check

Prescribed Fire in Georgia

Prescribed fire is a critical and potent management tool for fire-dependent natural communities. It is one of the most effective, efficient and economical ways to manage Georgia’s forest lands and ecosystems while also minimizing the risk of wildfires. Prescribed fire is a safe way to apply a natural process that benefits habitat restoration and species recovery. It can affect the ecology of sites for decades, and is considered the only tool to spur the recovery of some endangered species.

Invasive Species

Georgia Invasive Species Strategy

The variety of native species found in Georgia is in part a reflection of the range of landscapes that make up the state. From the mixed forests and woodlands of the north Georgia mountains, to the low rolling hills of Central Georgia, to the swampy lowland, marshes and barrier islands of the coast, the state’s various ecosystems make Georgia the sixth most biologically diverse state in the Union.