Hunting and fishing license fees increased July 1
By Linda Green

Hunting and fishing license fees increased July 1, the first increase since 1992, and the result of the increase will be accessibility and more game wardens.
According to Cpt. Stan Elrod of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources office in Thomson, House Bill 208, which Gov. Nathan Deal signed April 25, increases hunting, fishing fees and boating registration.
On July 1, fishing licenses moved from $9 to $15 and hunting licenses rose from $10 to $15. The annual hunting and fishing license for state residents will increase from $17 to $30. Lifetime licenses and non-resident licenses for commercial, dealer and sportsmen categories in hunting, fishing and boating also will see change.
Elrod said the increases impact the agency’s fisheries, game management areas and the Law Enforcement Division. The money from hunting and fishing licenses will improve public access to fishing areas, provide boat ramps and better roads to waterways, more wildlife habitat management, increase fish stocking and create shooting ranges.
The captain said the fees would also assist in acquiring more game wardens for the law enforcement division. “We are hopeful to hire 40 wardens statewide,” he said. There are 47 counties without game wardens, Elrod said. “Hopefully we can fill the majority of those open counties.”
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