Contest to give away lifetime hunting, fishing licenses

CONYERS — Georgians have the chance to win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide. The next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation is now underway.

Visitors to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR) can enter through Jan. 22 in a drawing for an adult lifetime sportsman license (ages 16 and older) or a youth lifetime license (younger than 16).

“The first contest was a huge success, and we’re hoping for similar success in the second edition of this contest,” said Natural Resources Foundation Chairman Glen Wilkins. “More than 4,000 participants entered the first contest, and we are hoping to see even more participation this time. We’re very excited to continue collaborating on these types of projects with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in our efforts to continue fostering and expanding Georgia’s great hunting and fishing traditions.”

Contest participants can fill out an entry form on the Wildlife Resources Facebook page. Only those who have been Georgia residents for at least 12 months immediately prior to Jan. 31, 2014, are eligible. The drawing will be held at the division’s annual Weekend for Wildlife event Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Adult sportsman licenses are for ages 16-64; the youth/infant licenses are for 15 and younger. Lifetime licenses (www.georgiawildlife.com/LifetimeLicense) include hunting, big game, wildlife management area, alligator, Georgia waterfowl conservation, salt and freshwater fishing and mountain trout licenses. Georgia residents 65 and older are already eligible for free lifetime sportsman licenses.

Contest details are at www.facebook.com/WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR.

Wildlife Resources is a division within Georgia DNR.

The mission of the Natural Resources Foundation is to support DNR efforts to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve the state’s natural, historic and cultural resources. The foundation’s focus includes recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that use sound environmental practices. Learn more at https://georgianrf.org.

For Georgians who buy a lifetime sportsman license prices are set by age group.

The best bargain is for children: $200 for younger than 2 and $350 for ages 2-15. That’s a potential savings of more than $2,600 over a lifetime.

The price for ages 16-59 is $500. Military veterans can purchase a lifetime license for $400.

Discount lifetime licenses for resident adults age 60-64 are $95.

Residents 65 and older can receive a free lifetime license, with an option to pay a one-time fee of $10 for a durable, commemorative plastic card. There’s even a provision for non-resident grandchildren of Georgians who hold a paid Georgia lifetime license!

Applications and more details are at www.georgiawildlife.com/LifetimeLicense, or call 1-800-366-2661.

A lifetime license provides access to the great outdoors and proceeds support Georgia wildlife and state-managed lands.