Ga. DNR Gives Boaters Birthday Gift

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a birthday opportunity for Georgia residents that have a boat registered with the state.

Now, the DNR said that Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days after as part of their boat registration fee.

The new program started last month.

According to the state Department of Natural Resources, 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, it covers many other recreational opportunities.

DNR officials said those include fishing at public fishing areas, accessing state lands where a GeorgiaOutdoorRecreationalPass 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.

The DNR did say that 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.

They added that activities like trout fishing, big-game hunting and hunting on WMAs require additional paid licenses, while saltwater fishing and migratory bird hunting also require additional permits, which are free.