Happy birthday to boaters from Georgia DNR
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is allowing Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state to fish on their birthday and for two days after as part of their boat registration fee.
The three-day bonus for the state’s estimated 300,000 resident boat owners, also covers use of some DNR shooting ranges, and more.
“Providing outdoor enthusiasts like boaters a convenient opportunity to participate in a closely aligned recreational sport like fishing is one of the best and most effective ways to recruit anglers,” division director Dan Forster said.
For Georgia, that recruitment can have a far-reaching impact. In 2011, anglers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts spent nearly $4.6 billion in the state, a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey found. People involved in the outdoors also are more likely to support land conservation and donate their time to conservation efforts, according to a report by the Recreational Boating & Fishing and the Outdoor foundations.
The birthday bonus is a three-day resident combination license that not only allows Georgians 16 and older who own a vessel and have a valid, current registration to fish in fresh and saltwater for three consecutive days (starting on their birthday), but also covers many other recreational opportunities. These include fishing at public fishing areas, accessing state lands where a Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass is otherwise required, hunting small game and feral hogs on private land and using shooting ranges where a WMA stamp or GORP is needed.
The license is good for the primary boat owner’s birthday during the three years the boat registration is valid.
Boat owners must carry a Georgia ID, such as a driver’s license, and their plastic vessel registration card to show proof of a valid vessel registration.
Activities like trout fishing, big-game hunting and hunting on WMAs require additional paid licenses. Saltwater fishing and migratory bird hunting require additional permits, which are free. Learn more at www. georgiawildlife. com/ licenses-permits-passes.