It’s the sporting opportunity of a lifetime.

Georgians can win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide in a new contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

Visitors to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR) can enter the Labor Day drawing for two lifetime sportsman licenses – one for an adult and one for a participant younger than 16. Also, drawings for four more lifetime licenses are planned later in 2013 and 2014.

From hunting Georgia’s trophy whitetails to casting for lunker largemouths, a lifetime sportsman license covers all state paid hunting and fishing license requirements for the life of the holder. The younger the recipient, the greater the savings – more than $2,600 over a lifetime!

Natural Resources Foundation Chairman Steve Levetan said the lifetime license giveaway is one of the first projects funded by the foundation and “a great example of the unique funding opportunities made possible by our organization and our contributors who support us.”

“Additionally, it is extremely gratifying to see a funded project go from conception, through the grant process and now into a successful project,” Levetan said. “We look forward to more opportunities such as this so that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources can continue to foster and grow Georgia’s great hunting and fishing traditions.”

The contest begins May 17. Only people who have been Georgia residents for at least 12 months before Sept. 2, 2013, are eligible. Enter by messaging the Wildlife Resources Division via Facebook with the information required. The drawing will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 2, just in time for fall hunting and fishing.

Adult sportsman licenses are for ages 16-64; the youth licenses for 15 and younger. Lifetime licenses (www.georgiawildlife.com/LifetimeLicense) include hunting, big game, wildlife management area, alligator, Georgia waterfowl conservation, salt and freshwater fishing and mountain trout licenses. Georgia residents 65 and older are already eligible for free lifetime sportsman licenses.

Contest details at www.facebook.com/WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR.

Logo courtesy Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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