2017-12-07 / Editorial Page

Give the gift of the outdoors

Got an outdoors enthusiast on your holiday gift list? Before heading to the stores, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants you to know about a gift that is sure to please all hunters and anglers - a hunting and fishing license! Added bonus, this gift benefits the wildlife and wild places they enjoy.

A youth license, a lifetime license or an annual hunting or fishing license are examples of how to give access to the great outdoors, and provide support for Georgia wildlife and state-managed lands.

New! Youth License

The new Youth Sportsman’s License makes a great gift for any 12-15 year old, and allows you to give a gift valued at $70 for only $15! This license is good through age 17, giving them a full year sportsman’s license once they reach age 16 (when they are required to have a license). This license even comes on a free “hard card” - so you have something to wrap up for them! Hunters age 16 and up must have hunter education, and youth hunters under age 16 need adult supervision on public land.

Lifetime Licenses

With a lifetime license, the Georgia resident hunter or angler on your gift list will not need to pay for another state hunting or fishing license. Ever! From hunting trophy whitetails to casting for lunker largemouths, their cherished recreation in Georgia is covered.

Prices are set by age group: l Infant (resident or non-resident, under age 2): $500. l Kids (resident, age 2-15): $600.

Substance abuse class

Parks Grove FBH Church is hold­ing a substance abuse class every Monday night from 8-9 p.m. It’s open to men and women who are struggling with any type of addic­tion. A lifetime license can be purchased for a non-resident child age 2-15 for $1,500. l Adult ( resident, 16- 49): $750.00 l Adult ( resident, 50- 59): $375.00 l Adult ( resident, 60- 64): $315.00 l Senior (resident, 65+): Combo $ 70.00, Hunting- only $ 35.00, Fishing-only $35.00 l Residents 65+ (born before July 1, 1952): Free l Military and Veteran lifetime license: $600.

Applications and document details are at www.georgiawildlife.com.

Annual or Other Licenses

Can’t purchase a lifetime license? How about giving an annual or 2-year license for that hunter or angler? This purchase provides your sportsman or woman access to the Georgia outdoors, and even if they already have a current license, the license you purchase will “stack” onto their existing one.

Gifts That Keeps On Giving

The Wildlife Resources Division uses hunting and fishing license sales to fulfill its wildlife mission. The sale of paid licenses is a key measure through which states receive Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration funding.

Since 1937, the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has channeled dedicated excise taxes on sporting equipment - more than $14 billion nationwide through 2011 - to states to manage fish and wildlife and provide recreational opportunities. Uses in Georgia vary from funding public fishing areas to managing the state’s 1 million-strong deer herd.

This holiday season, give the wildlife enthusiast on your list a “license” to keep enjoying the activities they love.

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