FAQs on Hunting, Answered
Hunting or fishing of any kind is a skill many people value. Whether you are feeding your family or simply doing it for sport, hunting brings people together. With employment in farms and other agricultural managers expected to decrease by 2% by 2024, more people are turning to hunting. Each state has different guidelines for hunting that every citizen must follow. For those looking to start hunting or fishing in the state of Georgia, here are a few commonly asked questions complete with answers to help you get started:
At what age must I have a hunting license?
In Georgia, a valid hunting license is required for all resident and non-resident hunters 16 years of age or older. The only exception is if the hunting land is owned by them or their immediate family, blood, or dependent relationship living in the same household.
For states like Montana, whose population is expected to grow by up to 14% by 2043, laws like this are necessary in keeping order within the hunting industry.
Hunting property for sale can be found all over the state. It is recommended to use a real estate agent to find the right hunting lands for sale that fit your needs. Not only can you find hunting property, hunting lodges for sale have become increasingly popular.
What kind of hunting license(s) do I need
The species you are hunting depends on the license you will need. For any kind of hunting, a basic hunting license is mandatory. If you are looking to hunt deer, wild turkey or beer, a Big Game License is needed. If you are looking to hunt ducks and other waterfowl, a Georgia Waterfowl License is needed as well as a basic hunting license.
When is hunting season in Georgia?
Hunting season is broken up by both species and the type of weapons used for hunting. This year, deer and bear hunting season begins September 10 and runs until January 8. Turkey hunting season begins March 26 and runs until May 15. For listings of other species. including limitations, contact to visit the website of the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
What is the Pittman-Robertson Act?
Passed in 1937, this federal law places a tax on firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and also handguns. The revenue from these taxes are used for wildlife conservation and is based on land area and the number of hunters within that area.
In addition to buying land, the tax money is also used to fund wildlife research, manage wildlife areas, educate hunters, and to build and manage public shooting ranges.
This act is similar to conservation easements which are restrictions placed on property in order to protect its resources. This limitation has been in effect for over 75 years.
Now that you have an idea of the basics of hunting and hunting land in Georgia, you can now begin the steps of preparing for the season ahead.