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Slug-Gunner 08-08-2007 07:39 PM

GA Lifetime Sportsman's License
 
NOTE:
This is being posted because several have inquired about it recently.
*** There is a new category added for Veterans ***


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Lifetime Sportsman's License:

A lifetime license allows the purchaser/named holder to enjoy a lifetime worth of hunting and fishing privileges in the State of Georgia. Georgia lifetime licenses cover all sport hunting and fishing licenses, to include WMA and PFA permits, except for the Federal Duck Stamp , and the free Federal Harvest Information Program Permit (required for dove hunting and migratory waterfowl). Deer hunters also must pick up a Deer Harvest Record from a license dealer prior to hunting each year. Lifetime licenses are valid for the life of the person, even if they move out of Georgia. People who purchase a lifetime license will receive a colorful, plastic license card. Senior license holders (65 years and older) may purchase the plastic card for a $10 processing fee. You must be a Georgia resident for at least 12 months immediately preceding the application for the lifetime license and provide proof of residency in order to be eligible for this license.


NOTE:
Holders of a GA Lifetime Sportsman's License will still need to see a GA License distributor to get a "FREE" annual H.I.P. Permit and/or an annual Deer Harvest Record *** EACH SEASON *** they intend to hunt migratory game birds (dove or waterfowl) or deer hunt.



How to Apply:

Download a Lifetime Sportsman's License application and mail or hand-deliver it to one of our Wildlife Resource Offices. The Lifetime Sportsman's License is not available online because of strict residency and age documentation requirement. Credit card transactions may not be available at every WRD Office, please call that office to verify.
To download form "Click Here" - may require Adobe Reader to view; or use this link:
http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga....uly%202007.pdf

Definitions:
1. For purposes of this license, resident is defined as continuous domicile within Georgia for a period of 12 consecutive months or longer.

Supporting Document Requirements:
Applications must be accompanied by the following (NO EXCEPTIONS):


Infant (under 2 years of age): $200
Copy of Childs Birth Certificate AND
Copy of Parents Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety) AND
Copy of Parents Proof of Residency (choose one): Current Automobile Registration, Voter Registration card, Previous Years Ga Tax Form (NOT a W-2), Warranty Deed to property of person named on photo ID AND
Copy of Hunter Education Card: required if obtained and < 16 years of age (in the regs, but NOT REQUIRED
< 2 yrs old - per DNR F&W John Bowers - see: http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?...69#post1362669)



Youth (age 2-15): $350
Copy of Childs Birth Certificate AND
Copy of Parents Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety) AND
Copy of Parents Proof of Residency (choose one): Current Automobile Registration, Voter Registration card, Previous Years Ga Tax Form (NOT a W-2), Warranty Deed to property of person named on photo ID AND
Copy of Hunter Education Card: required if obtained and < 16 years of age


Adult: $500
Copy of Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety) AND
Copy of Proof of Residency (choose one): Current Automobile Registration, Voter Registration card, Previous Years Ga Tax Form (NOT a W-2), Warranty Deed to property of person named on photo ID AND
Copy of Hunter Education Card: required if ages 16 thru 25; only number required if age 26 or older (card copy not required) and born on/after 1-1-61


Sr. Discount (age 60 to 64): $95
Copy of Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety)


Senior (65 and over): ($10 = only if plastic credit-card type license is desired)
Copy of Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety)


Veterans: $400
Copy of Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety) AND
Copy of Proof of Residency (choose one): Current Automobile Registration, Voter Registration card, Previous Years Ga Tax Form (NOT a W-2), Warranty Deed to property of person named on photo ID AND
Copy of DD 214: providing satisfactory evidence that applicant served more than 90 days of federal active duty military service and was honorably discharged AND
Copy of Hunter Education Card: required if ages 16 thru 25; only number required if age 26 or older (card copy not required)
and born on/after 1-1-61
ADDED EDIT:
FYI: For those still on 'active duty', you receive a DD214 each time you reenlist (for your prior TIS) use it or see your MILPO office to obtain a copy from your personnel records.



Non-Resident Grandchild: $1000
Copy of Grandchilds Birth Certificate AND
Nres Grandchild: Notarized Certification of relationship of Lifetime License holder and Grandchild AND
Copy of Grandparents Picture ID (choose one) : Current Ga Drivers License, Georgia ID Card (issued by Dept. Motor Vehicle Safety), OR
Copy of Grandparents Proof of Residency (choose one): Current Automobile Registration, Voter Registration card, Previous Years Ga Tax Form (NOT a W-2), Warranty Deed to property of person named on photo ID

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TurkeyCreek 08-10-2007 07:53 AM

So someone currently on active duty could not get a lifetime for $400?

Slug-Gunner 08-10-2007 01:03 PM

I'll have to check on that....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by maddog (Post 1369225)
So someone currently on active duty could not get a lifetime for $400?

Question:
Are you a Georgia resident ('Home State of Record' on military records) or are you assigned to a military base located in Georgia (have PCS orders)?
It might make a difference. :huh:

Technically, you are eligible for your Veteran's Benefits under the VA system after serving 180 days of 'active duty' service. During times of 'military conflict' some states use the 90 day period to determine eligibility for veteran's exemptions for tax benefits, etc.

Like other portions of the current regs, some areas are NOT WRITTEN TOO CLEARLY. I'll try to check with CPT Bell with the Social Circle DNR HQ on this. I will post this information under this topic when I get a reply back.

Slug-Gunner
GA Hunter Education Instructor
Augusta-Richmond County/CSRA

Duncan 08-10-2007 03:01 PM

Is lifetime lic still valid if you move out of state?
 
If you purchase a lifetime license and then you move out of state, is the license still valid?

TurkeyCreek 08-10-2007 03:45 PM

S-G....The Vetern I had in mind is my son who is currently in the Air Force. He is from Ga but is currently stationed in Neveda.

Was planning on buying him a lifetime license at $500 till I saw this about Vets getting them for $400.

Paymaster 08-10-2007 04:08 PM

I was hoping Vet. License would be a little less expensive. I won't live long enough for it to be a deal.:(

Twenty five ought six 08-10-2007 04:52 PM

Quote:

If you purchase a lifetime license and then you move out of state, is the license still valid?
Yes, that's what makes it an especially good deal for someone young, who isn't totally settled down.

One of my best buddies got transferred to NC, bought a lifetime license before leaving, and has saved hundreds of dollars.

Slug-Gunner 08-10-2007 06:24 PM

Unless you plan to die at 62, you have choices....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Paymaster (Post 1370289)
I was hoping Vet. License would be a little less expensive. I won't live long enough for it to be a deal.:(

Paymaster,

I checked your profile and at age 55 you're kind of in a dilema on which to get. At $400 a Veteran's Lifetime Sportsman's License would pay for itself in about 6.7 yrs (you'd be 62) at $60 yr for an annual Sportsman's License. If you wait until your 60 yrs old (5 yrs) and got the Senior Discount Lifetime Sportsman's License for $95 it would pay for itself in about 1.5 yrs (again about age 62) but you'd have paid for 5 yrs of annual Sportsman's License at $60/yr = total of $300 + $95. In the long run there's only $5 difference between getting it now or waiting until your age 60, that is providing you haven't already purchased your Sportsman's License for this upcoming hunting season. It all breaks down to whether you're currently purchasing an annual Sportsman's License or combinations of licenses to meet your current fishing/hunting needs for less than $60 annually. Tough choice. :huh:

One other thing to consider.... if you purchase now, you're protected from any increases in license fees that could take place between now and age 60. My understanding is that an increase in license fees is currently under discussion in the Georgia House and Senate, but that may only be rumors? Maybe Jeff Young can offer more input on that aspect.

Slug-Gunner

Slug-Gunner 08-10-2007 06:34 PM

I'll get back with you early next week....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by maddog (Post 1370233)
S-G....The Vetern I had in mind is my son who is currently in the Air Force. He is from Ga but is currently stationed in Neveda.

Was planning on buying him a lifetime license at $500 till I saw this about Vets getting them for $400.

CPT Bell had already left his office for the weekend when I called to check on this.... I'll get back with you early next week with a definate answer for you.

Now that I know his status, it will make the questions much clearer. He can apply by mail and have it mailed to your address. I assume that is still his "home of record" on his military files? As long as that is the case, I don't really see a problem in him applying for it by mail, or you doing it in person if you have POA (Power of Attorney) for him - always a good thing to have with a son/daughter in the military.

Slug-Gunner

Slug-Gunner 08-10-2007 06:48 PM

Yes it is still valid....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Duncan (Post 1370103)
If you purchase a lifetime license and then you move out of state, is the license still valid?

A good friend of mine retired from the Army a few years back and bought some property near Belvedere, SC (just across the Savannah River from Augusta, GA. He had bought a GA Lifetime Sportsman's License a couple years before he retired and knew he was going to stay in the CSRA area after retirement. Since he still hunts at Fort Gordon on a regular basis, he said it paid for itself in less than 2 years when compared to the non-resident fees he would have had to pay otherwise. He has the benefit of having 'resident' type licenses for both GA and SC now.

See my reply to Paymaster for an estimate of how long it takes to pay for the GA Lifetime License when compared to current annual Sportsman's License fees. In 3 yrs you'll be eligible for the Senior Discount Lifetime Sportsman's License for $95. That's the one I bought when they first came out with it.

Slug-Gunner

Kreed5821 08-11-2007 12:15 AM

I'm glad I have mine. I was afraid they'd quit offering the lifetime licenses before I had a chance to get it.

KnightMare 10-08-2007 09:28 PM

I got mine a couple of years ago. Makes things so much easier

trumpdriver 11-23-2007 04:07 PM

Just as a side note if you are documented disabled you are entitled for a free hunting and fishing combo license which is renewable every 3 years. You can download the application from DNR website.

timber rattler 04-18-2008 04:00 PM

Lifetime license
 
I purchased mine when I got off Active Duty in 2001. The best thing i've done since I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 7.

jettman96 05-12-2008 03:11 PM

If I purchase one does this include my permit to hunt/fish WMA property?

jettman96 05-12-2008 04:10 PM

Got the answer... I called the local DNR office and they it does include the WMA permit.

kscoggins 09-06-2008 12:00 AM

Got mine today,:shoot::shoot:, only thing you need annually is
(Free) HIP Permit
(Free) Deer Tags
(Federal) Duck Stamp for Waterfowl.

Icecold 10-22-2008 06:30 AM

Wish they had a cheaper one for just fishing

Phillip Thurmond 10-22-2008 06:51 AM

I've had mine for several years and I love it. Best thing I ever bought and think of it this way guys if you got Gator hunting you don't have to pay that $50 tag or if you go with someone who has a tag that is also included. Its a win win either way. mine has already paid for itself.

Gary Mercer 01-06-2009 10:53 AM

license
 
Hey Slug:
I thought 65 plus seniors were a free license. I have had mine for three years now, and all I do is go get my deer tags and hip tag?
Have they decided to change the reg?
Thanks,
Gary

Slug-Gunner 01-06-2009 02:50 PM

$10 is for "Plastic CC Type Card"
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gary Mercer (Post 3014104)
Hey Slug:
I thought 65 plus seniors were a free license. I have had mine for three years now, and all I do is go get my deer tags and hip tag?
Have they decided to change the reg?
Thanks,
Gary

Gary,
The $10 fee is ONLY IF YOU WANT TO GET THE PLASTIC CC TYPE OF "Lifetime Sportsman's License"....
or for when you ever need to get a 'replacement' license (any type).

Slug-Gunner

Smackover 01-13-2009 02:34 PM

Seniors fishing on PFA's
 
Doesn't the after 65 Senior License entitle one to fish on PFA's as well, or, do they need a different license ?

Smackover

Slug-Gunner 01-13-2009 05:02 PM

It's Explained in Post #1.... but,
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Smackover (Post 3045730)
Doesn't the after 65 Senior License entitle one to fish on PFA's as well, or, do they need a different license ?

Smackover


As explained previously, the "Lifetime Sportsman's License" (ALL VERSIONS) covers EVERYTHING (to include Hunting, Fishing, Big Game Permits, Primitive Weapons, PFAs, WMAs etc.) , except the requirement to purchase a Federal "Duck Stamp" and to get the FREE annual 'H.I.P Permit' and the 'Deer Harvest Record' if you hunt migratory game birds or hunt deer.

You can even use it to accompany someone on ALLIGATOR HUNTS, but you still must be 'DRAWN for a PERMIT' to be able to hunt them yourself.

Slug-Gunner

stiles1682 01-13-2009 10:03 PM

Just curious if anyone found the answer if we could purchase the license if we are still on Active Duty. Im in the Marines and just extended to take orders with M Btry in TN. But my home of record is GA. I pay GA taxes and Im not planning on getting out for a while. But I have to buy license when I come home on leave and hunt. Will a Statement of Service work in the place of a DD 214? It basically says all the same stuff as a 214. Thats what we have to use for all other legal matters such as cars, homes, tags since were still on Active Duty.

Thanks,
Charlie

Slug-Gunner 01-14-2009 01:38 AM

See you JAG Office....
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by stiles1682 (Post 3048272)
Just curious if anyone found the answer if we could purchase the license if we are still on Active Duty. Im in the Marines and just extended to take orders with M Btry in TN. But my home of record is GA. I pay GA taxes and Im not planning on getting out for a while. But I have to buy license when I come home on leave and hunt. Will a Statement of Service work in the place of a DD 214? It basically says all the same stuff as a 214. Thats what we have to use for all other legal matters such as cars, homes, tags since were still on Active Duty.

Thanks,
Charlie


Charlie,

If you're still on your 1st Enlistment/Commission, see your local JAG office for details on what to use to verify your 'Veteran status'. You should be able to use your original enlistment papers, which have the date you entered service on them. To be considered an 'eligible veteran', you must have completed >90 days of active duty. The 'statement of service' you mention may also be OK.... again, have JAG give you the correct answer. If you're on a second or subsequent enlistment, then you should have a DD214 for your previous enlistment 'term of service'. Your MILPO can provide it for you.

Once you've got the appropriate forms, go online and download the "Lifetime Sportsman's License" form and complete it, sent it in along with the "certified copies" of the required forms (again, JAG can provide these for you), along with a USPS Money Order for $400 by registered mail to the listed DNR address. Use your "Home of Record" address (usually your parents address if they are still in GA) and it will be mailed to that address. I do know that they can ONLY BE MAILED TO A GA ADDRESS!

I'll try to call DNRs CPT Bell this week to see if he can give me a better answer on this and verify the procedures involved. I'll PM you with the info when I get it.

Slug-Gunner


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