GA - GAC
Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Terms and Conditions of Agreement for Access to Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Website

(Note: certain features of this site have been disabled for the general public to prevent digital piracy. If you are an entitled government entity pursuant the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act, O.C.G.A.§ 50-13-7(d) contact the State of Georgia's Administrative Procedures Division at 678-364-3785 to enable these features for your location.)

To access this website, you must agree to the following:

These terms of use are a contract between you and/or your employer (if any), and Lawriter, LLC.

You agree not to use any web crawler, scraper, or other robot or automated program or device to obtain data from the website.

You agree that you will not sell or license anything that you download, print, or copy from this website.

THIS WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND LAWRITER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY ERRORS IN INACCURACIES CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE.

By accessing and/or using this website, you agree to the terms and conditions above. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions above, you must cease accessing and/or using this website and destroy all material obtained from this website without your agreement.

If you accept these terms enter the information below and click “I AGREE”.

Subject 391-4-9 GENERAL REGULATIONS

Rule 391-4-9-.01 Scientific Collecting Permits

(1) Purpose. The purpose of this rule is to establish administrative procedures to be followed by applicants and/or holders of scientific collecting permits and to discourage excessive duplication of effort and reduce excess collecting.
(2) Definition. Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following terms as used in this rule shall have the following meanings:
(a) "Collection report" means a summary, prepared by the permittee, which details collections of the previous year and includes data on species collected, dates, numbers, methods, locations, and disposition of specimens;
(b) "Master permittee" means a person to whom a scientific collecting permit has been issued, which permit allows him to authorize students, assistants, aides, employees or field workers to assist with collections under his supervision;
(c) "Project proposal" means a document which outlines proposed research activities that require scientific collecting permits and justifies the need for scientific collecting. The project proposal shall explain specific objectives, methods, location, frequency of collection, number of individuals needed, and the planned disposition of specimens to be taken;
(d) "Scientific collecting permit" means a permit which authorizes one to take, possess, capture, kill, ship or transport any of the wildlife of this State, or the plumage, skin or body thereof, or the nest of eggs of the same for scientific purposes according to the rules and regulations promulgated by the Board of Natural Resources;
(e) "Special purpose permit" means a permit that grants privileges beyond that of a scientific collecting permit, i.e., possession of specimens collected for longer than sixty days following expiration of the scientific collecting permit;
(f) "Sub-permittee" means a student, assistant, aide, employee or field worker who is working under the supervision of and is authorized to collect wildlife by a master permittee.
(3) Application for Permit.
(a) A specific request must be made for the issuance of a master permit. Applicants must clearly justify their need for a master permit.
(b) Unless otherwise specified on the permit, scientific collecting permits shall be effective from April 1 through March 31.
(c) Student collectors must submit a project proposal and a written and signed endorsement thereof by their major professor.
(d) A five dollar ($5.00) fee per permit must accompany the application. Payment must be made by certified check or money order made payable to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
(e) A collection report detailing the previous year's collection activities is required with any renewal application.
(4) Use of Permit.
(a) Permittees and sub-permittees must have their permit in their possession when collecting. Permits are non-transferable, except that a master permittee may designate students, assistants, aides, employees, or field workers assistants in collecting. All such sub-permittees must have on their person a copy of the master permit and a letter of authorization issued by the master permittee to them. The master permittee shall be responsible for any violations by any such sub-permittees and shall be responsible for maintaining all records.
(b) Instructors whose class members are directed to collect wildlife are responsible for assuring that only a representative sample of animals are retained and sacrificed for class use.
(c) All live specimens retained must be humanely cared for. All collectors are expected to use good judgment when exercising the privileges of their collecting permit. Collectors should be as prudent and humane as possible in collecting and capture activities.
(d) The District Law Enforcement Office of the Department of Natural Resources in each area of collection must be notified at least three (3) days in advance of the date and place specimens are to be collected, the species to be collected, the method of collection and the permit number.
(5) Disposition of Specimens. In order to ensure the maximum use of all specimens collected under the auspices of a scientific collecting permit, the disposition of wildlife, their carcasses, parts, products, or progeny thereof shall be as follows:
(a) Live, uninjured and unimpaired specimens which could reasonably be expected to survive in the wild, shall be returned to the location of capture and released. Records of such releases shall be indicated on the scientific collection report.
(b) All other specimens taken and possessed under authorization of a scientific collection permit must be denoted and transferred to a public, scientific, or educational institution within sixty (60) days following expiration of the permit, unless the permitee has been issued a special purpose permit authorizing possession for a longer period of time. Specimens not suitable for donation must be destroyed. Edible specimens shall be donated to a charitable institution and receipt obtained. Receipts must be attached to annual collection report.
(6) Reports.
(a) A collection report detailing the previous year's collecting activities must be submitted with any request for renewal of a permit. Individuals not renewing a permit must submit a report by March 31, or within sixty (60) days after collecting, whichever is later. Data should be provided on species collected, dates, location, and disposition of specimens.
(b) A listing of all publications, research papers, theses, progress reports, etc. derived from the study of such collections, shall be submitted with the annual collection report. Copies of such material shall be made available to the Department of Natural Resources upon request.
(7) State parks, municipal parks, public museums, public zoological parks, and public scientific or educational institutions may possess law-fully acquired wildlife without a permit, provided the wildlife may be acquired only from persons authorized by this paragraph; or persons authorized by permit from this department; or from Federal or State game authorities by the gift of seized, condemned, or sick or injured wildlife; or through salvage of wildlife which have been killed as the result of unintentional accident or an act of nature; and also provided that it shall be unlawful to possess migratory birds without authorization from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rule 391-4-9-.02 Firing Ranges

(1) Permissible Firearms and Ammunition on Ranges Owned or Operated by the Wildlife Resources Division:
(a) Only firearms utilizing single projectile ammunition may be used on firing ranges, except that shotguns utilizing multiple projectile ammunition may be fired at stationary targets positioned such that discharged pellets will strike between the base and halfway up the backstop.
(b) Sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles, machine guns, dangerous weapons, and silenced weapons as defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-11-121, and any weapon firing more than once with a single trigger pull are prohibited on firing ranges unless approved by the department in advance for special events. However, sawed-off shotguns, sawed-off rifles and silenced weapons may be used by any person provided that such person has in possession proof of registration of such sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle and silencer consistent with the National Firearms Act and such person is in compliance with O.C.G.A. § 16-11-124(4).
(c) Rifles using centerfire cartridges .50 caliber or larger are prohibited.
(2) General Range Rules:
(a) Alcoholic beverages as defined in O.C.G.A. 3-1-2 are prohibited on firing ranges.
(b) No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs is permitted on a firing range.
(c) Smoking is prohibited on firing ranges.
(d) Non-shooters shall remain at least six feet behind the firing line when a shooter is at the firing line, except a coach or instructor aged eighteen (18) years or older while directly advising the shooter at the firing line.
(e) Tracer, incendiary or explosive ammunition is prohibited.
(f) Targets shall be constructed of materials that will not cause bullet ricochet. Metal targets are prohibited unless approved by the department in writing prior to use.
(g) Targets shall be positioned such that bullets will strike between the base and halfway up the backstop.
(h) Shooting at flying or thrown objects is prohibited except with shotguns and shot shells in areas specifically designated by the department for such shooting activities.
(i) Any person under eighteen (18) years of age shall be directly supervised by an adult eighteen (18) years old or older.
(j) All objects, trash, targets, and spent cartridge hulls must be removed by firing range users when leaving the range.
(k) Range use is allowed only in accordance with range hours and dates posted at the firing range.
(l) Shooters shall fire only at the target directly down range of that person's position.
(m) A person at or near the firing line shall wear hearing and eye protection when firearms are being discharged.
(n) Double tapping and rapid fire are prohibited. Shooters shall allow at least one second between shots.
(o) No person shall shoot a firearm or archery tackle when any other person is down range or otherwise between the shooter and the target.
(3) Handling of firearms:
(a) In the event of a firearm malfunction, hang-fire, misfire or squib load, the shooter shall keep the firearm pointed down range, advise all persons at the firing line of the malfunction, and unload as soon as possible. If the firearm cannot be cleared it must be removed from the range.
(b) In the event of a firearm malfunction, all firearms at the firing line shall be unloaded with actions open for the duration of the malfunction.
(c) All firearms on the firing line shall be grounded and unloaded with actions open whenever anyone is downrange.
(d) The muzzle of any firearm on the firing line shall be pointed down range at all times.
(e) The muzzle of a firearm in the firing position shall be in front of the front edge of the bench upon which it rests.
(f) Muzzle loading firearms shall be loaded only with single charge dispensers; pouring powder from larger containers directly into a muzzleloader is prohibited.
(g) Loading muzzleloaders must be done at least six (6) feet behind the firing line whenever another muzzle loading firearm is on the firing line.
(h) Shooters must be at the firing line and the muzzle pointed downrange before capping or priming muzzle loading firearms.
(i) Containers of muzzleloader propellant shall remain closed except when filling a single charge dispenser.
(4) Range Safety Officers:
(a) Any person on the range shall obey the range commands of department Range Safety Officers. This includes, but is not limited to: Begin Fire commands, Cease Fire commands, and Resume Fire commands.
(b) Range Safety Officers may call a Cease Fire any time an unsafe condition is recognized on the range. Any person on the range shall immediately obey a Cease Fire command by grounding all firearms with actions open.
(c) It is unlawful for any person on the range to disregard safety related instructions issued by a Range Safety Officer.
(5) Shotgun Ranges:
(a) Shooting is permitted only from designated shooting stations on trap, skeet and 5-stand ranges, in a safe direction down range.
(b) Firearms shall be unloaded with the action open until the shooter is at the designated shooting stations on the trap, skeet or 5-stand range.
(c) No more than two (2) shells shall be loaded in a shotgun at any time.
(d) Waiting shooters shall remain a minimum of 3 feet behind the shooter at the shooting station, except that a person aged eighteen (18) years or older who is coaching or pulling may stand directly behind the shooter.
(e) Shot sizes larger than 7 ½ are prohibited.
(f) No one is permitted down-range from the shooting stations at any time for any reason, except for Range Safety Officers in accordance with normal duties.
(g) First time shotgun range users must undergo a safety briefing and range orientation by the Range Safety Officer.
(h) Shotguns capable of holding 2 different gauge shells at the same time are prohibited.
(6) Archery Ranges:
(a) Arrows shall only be nocked onto the bowstring when standing on the shooting line and preparing to shoot.
(b) Archers must shoot directly down range.
(c) Archers shall keep nocked arrows pointed down range at all times. Pointing the arrow upward while drawing (sky drawing) is prohibited.
(d) An archer may release an arrow only from the shooting line or position.
(e) Bows must be hung on the bowhanger behind the shooting line when waiting to shoot or any person is down range retrieving arrows.
(f) A person may place a paper face on an existing target provided that all paper is removed from the range or placed in a trash receptacle immediately after use. Personal targets are not allowed on range.
(g) Shooting at flying or thrown objects is prohibited.
(h) Non-shooters must remain at least six feet behind the archery line/post whenever any archer is shooting, except that a person aged eighteen (18) years or older who is coaching may stand immediately behind the pupil.
(i) Only arrows with field or target points shall be used or possessed on range.

Rule 391-4-9-.03 Wildlife Rehabilitation Permits

(1) Definitions. Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following terms as used in this Rule shall have the following meanings:
(a) Rehabilitation means the action or process of restoring wildlife to a condition of health and shall include maintaining a state of health in young wildlife to an age of independence;
(b) Veterinarian means any person possessing a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the State of Georgia;
(c) All other terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in Section 27-1-2 of the Game and Fish code.
(2) Permits - When used.
(a) Pursuant to authority granted in Section 27-2-22 of the Game and Fish Code, the Department may issue a rehabilitation permit, conditioned as deemed appropriate to assure compliance with this Rule, to any person determined by the Department to possess the experience or training or both necessary to restore, or in the case of dependent young to maintain the health of ill, injured or dependent wildlife until it may be returned to the wild or otherwise disposed of in a manner approved by the Department. The qualifications for the permittee include, but are not limited to:
1. Sufficient knowledge of the type(s) of wildlife sought to be rehabilitated to assure identification of the species(s) and familiarity with food preferences thereof.
2. Training or experience or both in the handling, care and treatment of the type(s) of wildlife (including dependent young) sought to be rehabilitated.
3. Applicants who are not licensed veterinarians must score a minimum of 80 percent on a general examination on wildlife rehabilitation developed by the Department. Any applicant not achieving this minimum score may retake the test after 30 days. Applicants may be exempted from this testing requirement upon demonstration of sufficient knowledge and skills as determined by the Game Management Regional Supervisor having jurisdiction in the geographical area where rehabilitation is to take place.
4. Injured or orphaned wildlife that, prior to being rehabilitated, are determined to be nonreleasable to the wild shall be euthanized unless the Department grants an exception for a specific animal. Injured or orphaned wildlife that subsequent to rehabilitation efforts are determined by the Department to be nonreleaseable to the wild shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the Department.
(b) College-level training and experience in the fields of veterinary medicine or wildlife biology are prima facie evidence of qualification. Training or experience as a veterinary assistant, zoo employee or pet shop employee working with animals, or as a falconer, may be some evidence of qualification depending upon the type(s) of wildlife sought to be rehabilitated. Permits for rehabilitation of birds of prey (raptors) may be issued only to veterinarians, falconers possessing a permit under Section 27-2-17 of the Game and Fish Code, or persons who are able to establish that they have had at least two years of experience in holding, training, and caring for raptors. Because of the public health risk associated with rabies infection in bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks, rehabilitation permits for those species will be issued only to veterinarians; or persons that:
1. Have a least two (2) years experience as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and have taken in at least 20 individuals for care.
2. Score a minimum of 85 percent on a qualifying examination covering all aspects of rabies including symptoms, reporting, and other areas as determined by the Department.
3. Receive rabies pre-exposure vaccination and can demonstrate rabies antibody levels that are recommended for adequate protection before a permit is issued and at least every five years thereafter.
(c) The issuance of a rehabilitation permit is further conditioned upon the Department's determining that an applicant's rehabilitation services are needed or are likely to be utilized in the area he/ she proposes to operate.
(d) Applications for rehabilitation permits shall be submitted, on forms provided by the Department, to the Special Permit Unit at the address indicated on said form.
(e) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to limit or prohibit a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician from providing emergency care, vaccination or other veterinary care that otherwise falls within the scope of professional and ethical judgment.
(f) Persons permitted to rehabilitate bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks shall be required to contact the appropriate rabies control authority as prescribed by the Department to report possible rabies exposures; to hold these species in arrival groups and in isolation for the duration of convalescence and release rehabilitated animals only in areas designated by the Department; and to submit for rabies testing all bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks accepted for care which are dead on arrival or which subsequently die during care.
(3) Permits - Term.
(a) Rehabilitation permits may be issued for a period not to exceed five years and shall expire at the end of the fifth calendar year (i.e., December 31).
(b) Prior to expiration of an initial permit, a permittee may apply for permit renewal. A renewal permit may be granted only if, upon inspection of the reports or records required by Section (6) hereof and reinspection of applicant's facilities, it appears that applicant has complied with Section 27-2-22 of the Game and Fish Code and this Rule and that there is a continuing need for his/her rehabilitation services in the area.
(c) If the Department determines, in any case wherein a person has notified the Department that such person has found or is holding any recently found ill, injured, or dependent wildlife, that the circumstances clearly indicate it to be in the best interest of the wildlife that treatment or care not be delayed pending assignment to a permitted rehabilitator, it may, at the request of such person, waive such of the qualifications and facilities requirements herein as are necessary and justified under the circumstances and immediately issue to the finder or holder of such wildlife an emergency onetime rehabilitation permit. Such permits will not be issued for any wildlife requiring care of a nature which the Department concludes the wildlife finder or holder is incapable of providing. Such permits shall expire at the earlier of the date the wildlife is fully rehabilitated and released, or the date of expiration stated herein. If an expiration date is specified in the permit, the wildlife shall be surrendered to a Departmental representative for appropriate disposition on or before that date.
(4) Facilities - Generally. A rehabilitation permit will be issued only after the Department has inspected the applicant's wildlife holding facilities and has determined that they conform with Section 27-5-6 of the Game and Fish Code. In order to be approved, facilities must also be constructed in a manner sufficient and of a dimension adequate to provide security and protection for both the wildlife held therein and humans or other animals which may be or come in close proximity thereto. The facilities must also be located so as to provide the seclusion necessary for recuperation from illness or injury.
(5) Facilities for Raptors. In addition to the requirements of Section (4) above, raptors may be held in facilities that either:
(a) Allow for the bird(s) to be tethered to a perch when appropriate, with sufficient room in the enclosure to allow full wing extension without breakage of flight feathers; or
(b) Area equipped with an appropriate perch for each member of each specie held and with vertical bars over any windows and are free from any other hazards to the health and safety (including plumage) of the birds so held.
(6) Other Rehabilitation Requirements.
(a) In all other respects, e.g. relating to feeding, watering, sanitation, veterinary care, handling, separation, and transportation of wildlife, as well as qualifications of employees, permittee's rehabilitation practices must comply with Section 27-5-6 of the Game and Fish Code.
(b) Permittee shall maintain complete records on all wildlife held for purposes of rehabilitation, which records shall document at least the following information for each animal held; annually these data shall be compiled into a report which shall be submitted to the Department not later than January 31 following each year in which a permit is held:
1. Date received;
2. Species;
3. Condition requiring rehabilitation;
4. Treatment administered and results;
5. Final disposition and date thereof.
(c) In the case of migratory birds, permittees shall also comply with any applicable federal regulations or requirements for rehabilitation.
(7) Enforcement. Upon determination by the Commissioner that any permittee has violated Section 27-2-22 of the Game and Fish Code, any provision of this or any other applicable Rule of the Department, or any condition of his/her permit, he may, in his discretion, proceed:
(a) Pursuant to Section 27-1-37 of the Game and Fish Code, to issue an administrative order to the permittee to take corrective action or authorizing other appropriate enforcement action including seizure of wildlife held by permittee; or
(b) To initiate criminal prosecution pursuant to Section 27-1-38 or civil penalty proceedings pursuant to Section 27-1-36 of the Game and Fish Code; or
(c) To deny, revoke, suspend or refuse to renew the rehabilitation permit pursuant to Section 27-2-25 of the Game and Fish Code.

Rule 391-4-9-.04 Wildlife Exhibition Permits

(1) Purpose. The purpose of these regulations is to protect wildlife and the citizens of Georgia by establishing minimum requirements for obtaining a wildlife exhibition permit and establishing standards for holding and exhibiting wildlife.
(2) General Regulations. A wildlife exhibition permit shall not be issued unless the following conditions are met:
(a) The applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
(b) Facilities for holding and exhibiting wildlife must comply with O.C.G.A. 27-5-6 and must meet minimum requirements as specified by the Department;
(c) Applicants proposing to exhibit mammals must first obtain an exhibitor's license from the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS), or provide documentation that the applicant is exempt from USDA/APHIS requirements; and
(d) Applicants proposing to exhibit migratory birds regulated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) must obtain an appropriate permit from USFWS before obtaining or exhibiting migratory birds. A copy of USFWS permits shall be sent to the Department, Special Permit Unit.
(3) Fixed facilities. Wildlife exhibition permits for fixed facilities shall not be issued unless the following criteria are met:
(a) A fixed facility for exhibiting wildlife shall be open to the public for a time no less than 30 hours per week for at least six (6) months each year during reasonable hours of the day. A sign specifying the days and hours the facility is open to the public shall be placed in a prominent location visible to the public and in close proximity to the facility.
(b) Each cage or pen shall be signed identifying the animal(s) by common and scientific name. Additional information about each species shall be provided through interpretative signs and/or audio-visual material.
(4) Mobile Educational Programs. For the purpose of this rule, mobile educational program shall mean any educational program using live wildlife and which program is conducted outside of the enclosure where the wildlife is permanently housed. Conditions for conducting mobile educational programs are as follows:
(a) Residents holding wildlife for use in educational programs shall conduct a minimum of twelve (12) program hours per year. Program hours must be documented and provided at the time of renewal;
(b) Animals must be handled so there is minimal risk of harm to the public and animals with sufficient distance allowed between the animals and the viewing public to assure safety to both the public and the animals as determined by the Department. Animals shall not be handled by the public, except that nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians may be handled by members of the public under close supervision of the permittee.
(5) Exhibition of rabies prone species.
(a) Bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks shall not be exhibited in mobile educational programs.
(b) In fixed facilities, the exhibition of bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks will be made in a facility constructed in a manner satisfactory to the Department to ensure that the public cannot gain access to animals which may have exposure to free-living rabies vector species.
(c) Bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks shall be kept in isolation from contact with other exhibit animals and free-living wildlife for a minimum of 180 days before exhibition in fixed facilities.
(d) Persons with specific responsibilities related to handling, feeding, or caring for animals at facilities which exhibit bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and skunks shall receive rabies pre-exposure vaccination and must demonstrate rabies antibody levels that are recommended for adequate protection before a permit is issued and at least every five years thereafter.
(6) Exemptions.
(a) Educational institutions; federal, state, city, county, or municipal governments or their agencies; or transient circuses, shall receive a wildlife exhibition permit at no cost, provided that such exhibition shall comply with all laws and regulations relating to handling, care, confinement, and transporting of wildlife and rules contained herein.
(b) Falconers licensed in Georgia shall not be required to purchase a wildlife exhibition permit to conduct mobile educational programs with raptors held under their Georgia State/Federal falconry license.
(c) Residents exhibiting wildlife ate both a fixed facility and at mobile educational programs shall meet the requirements of 391-4-99-.04(3)(a)or(4)(a), but shall not be required to comply with both paragraphs (3)(a) and (4)(a).
(d) Persons issued wildlife exhibition permits or licenses prior to passage of this rule shall have until November 1, 1998 to comply with these regulations.
(e) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to limit or prohibit a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician from providing emergency care, vaccination or other veterinary care that otherwise falls within the scope of professional and ethical judgment.
(7) Penalties.
(a) Wildlife exhibitors in violation of this rule shall have their license or permit revoked or suspended by the Department for a period of not less than two (2) years.

Rule 391-4-9-.05 Importation of Cervids

It shall be unlawful to import into Georgia, any live member of the Family of Cervidae without prior written approval from the Department.

Rule 391-4-9-.06 Georgia WRD Lands Pass

(1) The purpose of this regulation is to implement a Georgia WRD Lands Pass (Pass) system for use, other than hunting, fishing, trapping, or camping, of wildlife management areas, public fishing areas and other designated sites on lands operated or managed by the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), provide for exemptions from the requirement to purchase a Pass, establish fees for Passes, and provide for the availability of a Pass.
(2) The posting of signs at the entrance to a wildlife management area, public fishing area or other designated areas or sites on WRD lands stating that a Pass is required shall constitute sufficient notice for the entire wildlife management area, public fishing area or other designated site on WRD lands.
(3) No person age 16 or older shall enter upon designated lands, areas or sites operated or managed by WRD without first obtaining a valid Pass except that any person who possesses a valid Georgia license that allows hunting or fishing on state land is exempt from this requirement. Provided further that individuals volunteering or participating in department sponsored events or activities on such lands are exempt from Pass requirements during the event or activity. Individuals that have paid WRD for camping and persons directly associated with paid camping, as prescribed by WRD, are exempt from the Pass requirement on such lands during their paid camping dates.
(4) A Pass is an individual requirement. The cost of a Pass is: resident annual $30, and nonresident annual $60. A Pass is valid for not more than 365 days from the date of purchase.
(5) Any organization or individual who desires to sponsor or conduct an event, activity, or series of events or activities on lands operated or managed by WRD may be required to obtain a "Right of Entry" agreement from the department. Such organization or individual shall formally request a "Right of Entry" agreement from the department not less than 30 days prior to the event, activity, or series of events or activities. A "Right of Entry" agreement may restrict the event, activity, or series of events or activities to specific locations, number of participants, and specific times; and may require the posting of damage deposits or bonds. Events that conflict with one or more of the primary uses of lands managed by WRD may not be allowed. If the event is approved, the "Right of Entry" agreement may require each participant to obtain a Pass. For wildlife management areas on U.S. Forest Service lands, special use permits, if issued by the U.S. Forest Service shall satisfy the requirement for a "Right of Entry" agreement.
(6) Passes shall be issued and sold by the department as prescribed by the department.

Rule 391-4-9-.07 Falconry Permits

(1) Purpose. The purpose of this regulation is to implement rules and regulations pertaining to the issuance of falconry permits and practice of falconry in accordance with federal regulations so as to ensure the continuation of the sport of falconry and continue to conserve the state's birds of prey.
(2) Falconry Permitting and Standards. Permitees shall comply with all standards, requirements, and limitations as provided in 50 C.F.R. 21.29, as now or hereafter amended.
(3) Golden Eagles. It shall be unlawful for any person to trap, transport or possess a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) unless authorized as provided in 50 C.F.R. Part 22, as now or hereafter amended.
(4) Raptor Propagation. Raptor propagation and activities associated with raptor propagation are permitted in accordance with the provisions of 50 C.F.R. Part 21, as now or hereafter amended. No additional state permit is required; provided, however, that all persons engaging in such activities shall submit one copy of each federally required report to the department at the time such report is submitted to federal authorities.
(5) Importation Permits. Holders of Georgia falconry permits may transport the raptors held under their permits within this state, may remove the raptors from this state for meets, trials, and hunting in other states, and may bring such raptors back into this state without obtaining a Georgia importation permit; provided, however, that any person transporting a raptor into another state shall obtain any permit or license required for such activities by the state into which the raptor is transported. A falconry permittee may import into this state a legally acquired raptor without obtaining a Georgia wildlife importation permit provided that a properly completed federal Form 3-186A Migratory Bird Acquisition/Disposition Report shall accompany each raptor during importation and the permittee complies with all applicable requirements of the state of origin.

Rule 391-4-9-.08 Film Production Wildlife Permit

(1) The purpose of this regulation is to protect wildlife and the citizens of Georgia by establishing regulations for the possession and exhibition of wildlife to be used in the film industry. This regulation provides and establishes permit requirements and requirements for animal origin, humane care, use and handling, and reporting.
(2) Permit Requirements. A Film Production Wildlife (FPW) permit shall not be issued unless the following conditions are met:
(a) Application for a FPW permit shall be made on an official application form provided by the department. FPW permits are valid upon issuance date and expire annually on March 31.
(b) An applicant wishing to possess or provide mammals must possess a valid U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Welfare Act license and submit a copy of this license with the application for an FPW permit.
(c) An applicant wishing to possess or provide FPW animals which are currently listed in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, or the Endangered Species Act must possess a valid United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) permit and submit a copy of this permit with the application for an FPW permit.
(d) An applicant for a resident FPW permit must be a legal Georgia resident who has a minimum of five years of verifiable film/entertainment industry experience, and who is at least 21 years old. Verifiable experience requires a resume detailing at least five years of professional, documented animal training and handling for film/entertainment industry activities within the previous ten years and must be submitted with the application. Members of the family Cervidae and rabies vector species including: bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks shall not be imported into Georgia.
(e) An applicant for a non-resident FPW permit must have a minimum of five years of verifiable film/entertainment industry experience and be at least 21 years old. Verifiable experience requires a resume detailing at least five years of professional, documented animal training and handling for film/entertainment industry activities within the previous ten years and must be submitted with the application. Members of the family Cervidae and rabies vector species including: bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks shall not be imported into Georgia.
(f) Anyone who has been convicted of a wildlife or animal welfare violation in Georgia, or the equivalent in another state within the past five years is not eligible for a FPW permit.
(g) All resident facilities where animals will be housed, maintained or trained shall be inspected by the department prior to issuance of an initial FPW permit. Facilities must comply with the specifications for the humane handling, care, confinement, and transportation of animals set forth in O.C.G.A. § 27-5-6 and must meet minimum requirements as specified by the department.
(h) The application must contain an animal inventory list of the species and number of animals to be possessed under the permit. Once a FPW permit has been granted by the department, the applicant must obtain department approval prior to acquiring any additions to their inventory possessed under this permit.
(i) Liability insurance is required for the possession of any wildlife to be utilized under the terms of this permit. Prior to the issuance of a FPW permit, any applicant other than a governmental agency or university research facility must provide proof of liability insurance from a company licensed to do business in this state or an unauthorized insurer if permitted by Chapter 5 of Title 33. Such insurance must be maintained in force and effect and cover claims for injury or damage to persons or property in an amount equal to $40,000.00 for each animal up to a maximum of $500,000.00.
(j) An applicant is responsible for, and shall so indicate on the application, any and all costs associated with the escape, capture and disposition of a permitted animal. This includes any such costs incurred by the Department.
(3) General Rules
(a) This permit is valid only for wildlife species which are native to Georgia. Species not native to Georgia are considered Wild Animals (OCGA § 27-1-2(75)) and must be held under a valid Wild Animal License (OCGA § 27-5-4).
(b) Georgia wildlife permitted under these regulations shall not be taken from the wild and no wildlife shall be released into the wild. Permitted animals must have been obtained from a source permitted or approved by the department.
(c) Persons with specific responsibilities related to handling, feeding, or caring for rabies vector species including bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks shall receive rabies pre-exposure vaccination and shall demonstrate rabies antibody levels recommended for adequate protection before a permit is issued and at least every five years thereafter while the permit is valid.
(d) Each permitted animal shall have an official health certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian. This health certificate shall reference a specific microchip identification tag that has been surgically implanted into the animal by the licensed veterinarian. Veterinary health inspections on all animals possessed under the FWP permit shall be performed annually.
(e) Permit holder shall allow inspections of premises by department employees for purposes of enforcing these regulations. Inspections may be unannounced and may include, but are not limited to pens, stalls, holding facilities, records and examination of animals as necessary to determine species identification, sex, health and/or implanted microchip number.
(f) Whenever an animal is present, the specifications for the humane handling, care, confinement, and transportation of animals set forth in OCGA § 27-5-6 must be provided in all FWP facilities, film production locations and venues, educational venues, permanent and temporary housing enclosures, and during transport.
(g) Animals held under an FWP permit may be utilized in the film production industry, or utilized for educational purposes provided that the specific animal(s) being displayed is/are included in the most current animal inventory list submitted to the department by the applicant. Animals held under an FWP permit may not be used in any photography opportunity with a patron which may allow physical contact between the animal and the patron. Animals held under a FWP permit may not be used in any activity which may allow physical contact between the animal and a member of the general public.
(h) Animals held under an FWP permit, except rabies vector species, may be displayed at educational program venues by the permit holder or sub-permit holder outside of a secure enclosure provided that these animals are under constant control and immediate physical restraint of the permit holder or sub-permit holder, such restraint precluding any chance of escape or physical contact, intentional or accidental, with any individual other than the permit or a sub-permit holder.
(4) Reporting and Renewal Requirements
(a) An Annual Report of activities completed under this permit is required when submitting a request for permit renewal. This Annual Report shall be completed on official forms provided by the department.
(b) FWP permits will not be renewed until all renewal requirements indicated on the renewal application are received. Copies of current USDA, USFWS or other applicable license must also accompany the renewal application.
(c) Certificate of Veterinary Inspection or other proof of veterinary health examinations for any and all animals held under this permit must be submitted with renewal application.
(d) A report detailing injuries to any person involving an animal held under this permit, or an injury to any animal held under this permit during the previous year must accompany the renewal application. Reportable injuries include those occurring during housing at primary facility, transport, at temporary housing facilities and during film production activities. Report must contain a narrative describing the circumstances surrounding the injury, identification of remedial measures, conclusive identification of animal(s) involved and disposition of said animals. A reportable injury includes a bite, scratch, or claw wounding, no matter how minor or any other type of injury requiring first aid or more serious medical intervention. For an animal held under this permit, a reportable injury is one that causes unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death to any living animal, including, but not limited to, any wound, bite, broken bone, damage to organ or tissue, or environment-related stress that requires first aid, veterinary attention, euthanasia or removal from availability for use in film production activities.
(e) At least 24 hours prior to transporting any permitted animal to a film production or educational venue the FPW permit holder shall notify the Special Permit Unit with details of the job or appearance. These details shall include date, location, type of job, duration of job, travel times, specific animals involved, the permit holder or sub-permit holder involved and any overnight housing/caging facilities to be used. Contact information for the agent or contractor should also be included.
(f) Notification of any animal escape must be made to the Special Permit Unit immediately upon detection of the escape event. This notification must include date, time, location, the species of animal that escaped, a description of actions taken to recover the escaped animal and the outcome of the event. Escapes may result in suspension or revocation of the permit. Failure to notify the Special Permit Unit of any escape may result in immediate revocation of this permit.
(g) Once an FPW permit has been granted by the department, the permit holder shall submit and maintain an up to date accurate written inventory list of animals in possession. This inventory list shall include species, sex, and microchip number of specific animals that are actually in possession of the permit holder. Individual animals must be identifiable through microchip implantation. Permit holder shall maintain records of microchip numbers and make such records available to the department upon demand. The Special Permit Unit must be notified within 48 hours of any changes to this animal inventory list. Deletions must be justified and contain the disposition of the animal. Additions to the list of species being held by a permit holder are subject to approval at the discretion of the department, and may require re-inspection of facilities. Failure to maintain an accurate, up to date animal inventory list may subject the permit holder to revocation or suspension of this permit.
(h) Any injury (bite, scratch, or claw wounding, no matter how minor, or any other type of injury requiring first aid or more serious medical intervention), accidentally or otherwise incurred by an audience member or any individual of the general public, that is caused by an unpermitted animal, an animal not specifically listed on the most recent inventory submitted to the department, or an animal possessed by an FWP permit holder shall be reported to the department immediately following the incident. Such injuries may subject the permit holder to revocation or suspension of this permit.
(i) Any unreported injury (bite, scratch, or claw wounding, no matter how minor, or any other type of injury requiring first aid or more serious medical intervention), accidentally or otherwise incurred by an audience member or any individual of the general public, that is caused by a permitted or unpermitted animal may result in a revocation of this permit.
(5) Penalties.
(a) Film Production Wildlife Permit holders in violation of this rule shall be subject to revocation or suspension of their permit in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 27-2-25.