What Changed: July 1, 2017
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).
All turkey and deer hunters are required to have a Harvest Record for the current season.
- hunters under 16 years of age
- 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 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.
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.
Moving live fish, aquatic plants, or mussels from one body of water to another can cause irreversible damage to the ecological balance of Georgia lakes, rivers and streams.
Private landowners hold the key to the future of wildlife conservation and environmental quality. The goal of the private lands initiative is to help Georgia's private landowners meet their wildlife habitat and population objectives.
The Private Lands Program (PLP) includes:
Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division received a grant that gives us a great opportunity to partner with private landowners. We can now offer substantial lease dollars in exchange for well-managed outdoor recreation access for the public. Whether you own 10 acres or 5,000 acres, we are interested in talking with you about leasing land for public access to hunting, fishing, or wildlife viewing. So far, we have created a wide variety of hunting opportunities for dove, waterfowl, deer, small game and turkey.