If you like to enjoy wild life areas around the state, you may have to pay up first.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources now requires a Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass for anyone exploring state wild life areas. Hunters and fisherman are required to carry a license in the State of Georgia and now hikers, sight seers and outdoor enthusiasts will have to do the same if enjoying one the state's wildlife areas.
"The newest thing to come out in 2012 will be the GORP pass which is the Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass and that will affect anyone that uses certain public fishing areas, wild life management areas that don't hunt or fish if they use it for biking, hiking, picnicking, bird watching," said Captain Bob Lynn of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
GORP will cost 3.50 for three days of access or $19 dollars for a year pass. Visitors 16 to 64 must carry the pass and the extra money will be used to maintain the wildlife properties.
"These license fees will go directly back to the area for maintenance of the area. Roads, fences, whatever needs to be done in that area to better it for the publics use."
32 State Wildlife Areas are included in the new law.
In middle Georgia, Beaverdam Shooting Range and Gillis Fishing Area in Laurens County, Dodge County Public Fishing Area, Flat Creek in Houston County, Ocmulgee Shooting Range and Fishing Area in Pulaski County.
Captain Lynn says the D-N-R will slowly phase in the new fees.Anyone with a WMA, Honorary, Sportsman, or Lifetime License do not have to purchase a GORP.
Those caught without a pass will be given a warning. You can purchase the GORP online by clicking here.