For the first time in 24 years. The price increase if for the best things in fishing, conservation and wildlife programs. Twenty-four years is a long time not to have a price increase. Girl Scout cookies can’t even boast that one. Just look at what conservation and the programs have been able to do all of these years who knows what they will be able to accomplish with a fishing license fee increase.
Compare the price to what the fishing license costs to the states surrounding Georgia and it is not the most expensive and it is not the cheapest. Fees for out-of-state hunters and anglers will also increase. An annual hunting and fishing license that cost $100 will jump to $150 now. According to DNR that will be $10 extra million per year add that to the $23 million that is taken if each year now. Georgia isn’t the only state looking at a license fee increase either. Over the next five years hunting, angling and commercial fishing fees will go up sharply.
Charters are worried business will decrease and it is estimate the number of hunting and fishing licenses purchases will decrease during this time. Will working class families be priced out of their hunting and fishing licenses? Is now the tie to go out and buy that lifetime license before the fees get any higher? A one time price increase is one thing but will it increase every year over the next five years? Hunting and fishing fees have been a stable form of funding for so long, Will that continue if the number of license decreases sharply? Sportsmen, women and children contribute $8 million a day in fishing revenues. Hunters and anglers are more than three times more likely to participate in wildlife conservation than non hunters and anglers. 77-percent of the hunters and anglers when asked how do they gauge their interest in wildlife said high,, higher than 61-percent of the non hunters do. That sense of stewardship gets passed down. People who do not hunt and fish see it as a bunch of senseless killing.
Hunting and fishing is big business in America. Hunting and fishing does not know any economical, racial, political or geographical boundaries. It is an activity steeped in heritage and once used as survival. It is a form of relaxation and a time to get away from the daily stress with family and friends.
Georgia residents ages 16-74 who have been residents of the state for 50 days prior to buying a license need to have a Georgia fishing license while fishing.
Hunting and fishing licenses
Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass
Locate your customer account and fishing license requirements
Licensing agent, find one in your county
Telephone 1-800-366-2661 Monday thru Friday 8AM to 8PM. If you renew your fishing license before it expires you will get a $2.75 discount on the total purchase.
The New 2016 Georgia fishing regulations