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Georgia and Florida Ending Senior Citizen Hunting & Fishing License Exemption

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/April 10, 2008

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces that an agreement between Florida and Georgia, which allows senior citizens from either state to hunt and fish in fresh water without licenses in both states, is about to end.

The agreement, which dates back to 1981, will end on June 30.

Georgia officials announced in May 2007 that economic realities have rendered the reciprocal agreement no longer feasible for hunting, and it will come off the books. The nature of the agreement requires that Florida follow suit. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted Wednesday to end the reciprocal agreement concerning freshwater fishing, as well. The agreement never has exempted nonresident seniors from either state from saltwater fishing license requirements.

Florida's senior citizens wishing to hunt in Georgia may now face as much as $210 license fees beginning July 1, 2008.

Senior citizens who are Florida residents may continue to hunt and fish in Florida without purchasing a Florida license, although the FWC encourages seniors to purchase licenses to support conservation.

Per Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, there is not a break for nonresident senior licenses.

For Additional information - Contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources 1-800-366-2661.


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