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Changes to fishing, hunting licenses

The Georgia Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on proposed changes to hunting and fishing licensing.

Anglers and hunters are urged to attend one of the open public forums held across the state this month.

According to the Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia residents enjoy some of the lowest license fees in the region, and the last increase to support agency operations occurred 34 years ago in 1981 (subsequent fee increases were used to fund land acquisition efforts).

“Since that time, DNR has greatly expanded its ownership and management of wildlife management areas (WMA), public fishing areas (PFA) and boating access sites while maintaining other key programs,” the WRD says on its website. “Meanwhile, license revenues that fuel the agency’s core mission and function have remained stagnant for many years.”

The forums are scheduled as follows. Residents are also invited to submit comments by mail or online survey, with details available on the website.

June 15
Gainesville Civic Center
Chattahoochee Room, 830 Green Street NE, Gainesville, GA 30501

June 16
Baxley City Hall
City Council Meeting Room, 282 East Parker Street, Baxley, GA 31513

June 17
Richmond Hill City Center
520 Cedar Street (in J.F. Gregory Park), Richmond Hill, GA 31324

June 22
Grace Fellowship Church
1971 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642

June 23
Red Top Mountain State Park
Group Shelter #1, 50 Lodge Road SE, Cartersville, GA 30121

June 24
Darton College
Room J121-123, 2400 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA 31707

June 25
Miller-Murphy-Howard Building
Conference Room, Georgia National Fairgrounds
401 Larry Walker Parkway, (Exit 135 off I-75), Perry, GA 31069