Georgia Wildlife Resources Division COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

If you've got WMA turkey plans this spring, continue the march.

DNR Press Release | March 26, 2020

At this time, the Wildlife Resources Division remains operational across the state. Administrative offices are open, and biologists and technicians continue to manage wildlife and habitat across the state. Please be advised that any service provided online or by telephone, such as license purchasing or boat registration, must be done though the provided methods below. WRD will assist customers in these processes.

Recreational Hunting, Fishing, and related licenses: Online at or telephone at 800.366.2661.

Lifetime Sportsman Licenses: email the completed application and any required documents to [email protected], or fax application and required documents to 706.557.3565. Call 800.366.2661 if these options are not available.

WRD Commercial License Application: email completed application and any required documents to [email protected], or fax application and required documents to 706.557.3565. Call 800.366.2661 if these options are not available.

Boat Registrations: Online at or telephone at 800.366.2661. Mailed boat registration applications will not be delayed, but mail is not normally as fast as online or telephone options.

Commercial Licenses/Lifetime Licenses: If scanning applications/documents and emailing as attachments is not an option, emailing clear pictures works.

WRD continues to provide access to dispersed recreation, such as hunting and fishing, on wildlife management areas and public fishing areas. Education centers and outdoor access to all properties are currently still open to the public; however, WRD advises that everyone follow CDC guidelines before visiting its properties and remain home when sick, with a fever, or following exposure to someone who is sick.

WMAs are still open and operating! Brayden Lord, 11, of Bishop, killed this B.F. Grant WMA turkey on March 21, opening morning of the WMA’s special Youth Hunt. Brayden was hunting with his Papa, Jody Hawk.

Indoor programs and group events over 10 participants will be cancelled or rescheduled. WRD scheduled outdoor events of 50 attendees or less will remain in place at this time provided attendees maintain the 6-foot dispersal recommendation.

Guests with reservations for events, lodging and camping may contact WRD for rescheduling or refund options. Please visit for updates on agency event cancellations due to COVID-19.

SAPELO FERRY: Due to the need to maintain social distancing on the Sapelo Island ferry, guests will be prioritized as follows and permitted on board as space permits up to 50 passengers:

  • First on board: Sapelo Island residents and landowners
  • Second on board: Contractors
  • Third on board: Guests of island residents and landowners

All guests must have a Sapelo Island resident, landowner or business host and will be allowed to board given the amount of space left on the ferry. Guests without hosts are not permitted. All passengers will be expected to maintain the 6-foot dispersal recommendation while on the ferry.

US FOREST SERVICE PROPERTIES: Some boat ramps and shooting ranges on US Forest Service property are closed. For contact information to a local office, click HERE and look on the left-hand side of the page.

Need to reach out with a question? Find your local office HERE

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