Fees to drop for hunting, fishing licenses

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA (WTOC) - Some of the transaction fees for recreational licenses are going down, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

The Internet transaction fee is going from $2.75 to $2.50 and the in-store transaction fee will go from $3.25 to $3. The telephone transaction fee will increase, going from $4 to $5.  These fee changes will go into effect on Jan. 3, 2011.

Buying recreational licenses online, by phone and in stores were introduced two years ago. The newer methods included transaction fees. Fees are applied to each transaction not each individual license, unless purchased at different times, according to the DNR.

All licenses that currently are free are still free and do not require a transaction fee.  This includes: Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) licenses; deer harvest records; senior licenses (65 and older) and honorary licenses.

Licenses can be purchased online at www.georgiawildlife.com , at an authorized retail license agent, which can be found at this website: www.georgiawildlife.com; or by calling 800.366.2661.

Sales of hunting and fishing licenses and boat registration provide key financial support for fish and wildlife conservation.

For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com.

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