Cagle Leads Passage of Georgia Youth Outdoors Passport Act

April 3, 2018

Atlanta, GA – Last week, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle led the General Assembly to give final passage to the Georgia Youth Outdoors Passport Act (SB 332), a new program designed to promote and expand youth sportsmanship in Georgia.

“Our state’s timeless tradition of hunting and fishing has inspired generations of Georgians to preserve the natural beauty of our state and enjoy the unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation and sportsmanship offered from the North Georgia mountains to the Savannah coast,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.

“This legislation will inspire a new generation of hunters and fisherman to participate in our state's rich outdoor pastimes. I’m excited to welcome these new enthusiasts to the world of outdoor sports which has enriched my family’s life and the lives of Georgians for decades. I’m grateful for the work of Commissioner Williams, Chairman Harper, and Chairman Knight for leading to make this initiative a reality.”

The Youth Outdoors Passport Act, sponsored by Senator Tyler Harper, creates an Outdoor Passport License Program which enables young Georgians to hunt and fish at a reduced cost and offers first-time hunting licenses at a discounted price. The legislation also creates an outdoor mentor training program at the Department of Natural Resources to provide one-on-one training in safety and best-practices to Georgia’s new sportsmen.

“The Lt. Governor understands the value of sportsmanship, and the immensely positive impact it can have on Georgia’s youth and on the state of our environment,” said Senator Tyler Harper, Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee.

“Because of this program, more Georgians will have opportunities to participate in outdoor sports, with an easier process and at a lower cost. I am thrilled that more young people will be able to learn the fundamentals of hunting and fishing, and I’m hopeful that through this program, we will help a new generation of Georgians grow up with a deep respect and appreciation for our natural habitat.”

“I am excited and encouraged by the passage of The Georgia Outdoor Passport Act. This legislation will give DNR greater flexibility to further our recruitment, retention, and reactivation efforts and enhance the opportunities available to get our next generation passionate about hunting, fishing, and sportsmanship,” added DNR Commissioner Mark Williams.

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Contact:
Danny Kanso
(404) 656-5030
danny.kanso@ltgov.ga.gov