BIG GAME SEASON SUMMARY
||Archery - Either Sex
||Sept 8 - Oct12, Statewide
12 per season, statewide
No more than 10 may be anterless and no more than 2 may be antlered. One (1) of the 2 antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers
Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of Ga Hwy 92) and that portion of Glynn county lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth county south of Ga Hwy 20, only shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used - no other firearms allowed. In Hancock, Harris, Meriwether, Montgomery, Randolf, Talbot and Troup counties, only antlered bucks with at least 4 points on either side are legal. In Dooly and Macon counties, antlered bucks must have a minimum 15-inch outside spread.
|Extended Archery Either sex, ONLY for Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett & Rockdale Counties
||Jan 2 - 31
|Primitive Weapons - Either sex
||Oct 13 - 19, Statewide
|Firearms - Northern Zone
Oct 20 - Jan 1
|Firearms - Southern Zone
||Oct 20 - Jan 15
||Archery: Sep 8 - Oct 12
||Two (2) per season, Statewide provided that no more than one (1) of which may be taken from the Southern and Central Zones
|Primitive Weapons: Oct 13 - 19
|Firearms: Oct 20 - Dec 2
Firearms: Nov 10
||Firearms: Sept 27 - 29;
Oct 4-6, Oct 11 - 13
||March 23, May 15, 2013
||3 Gobblers per season
| Northern Zone
October 20 - January 1
Buck only except during either sex days. Fulton (north of GA
Hwy 92) and all of Clayton, Cobb, and DeKalb Counties are
CLOSED to firearms deer hunting. In the portion of Forsyth
County lying south of GA Hwy 20, archery equipment, shotguns
and muzzleloading firearms only (no other firearms allowed).
Antler restrictions in Hancock, Meriwether and Troup
Counties: ONLY bucks with at least four points (one inch or
longer) on one side of antlers are legal.
Oct 20-21, Nov 3-4, Nov 17-Dec 2, Dec 26-Jan 1
Banks, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray,
Stephens, White, Whitfield.
Oct 27, Nov 10, 22-25, Dec 26, Jan 1
Fannin, Rabun, Towns, Union.
Extended Archery Season
Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale Cos. Only; Jan. 2–31 in accordance with statewide bag limits.
Shotguns and Muzzeleloaders
Shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used in Forsyth County south of GA Hwy 20.
Chattahoochee & Oconee National Forests
Either sex days on National Forest lands differ from county
- Chattahoochee NF ES Days: Oct. 29, Nov. 26, Dec. 26
- Oconee NF ES Days: Oct. 28-30, Nov. 11-13, 24-27; Dec.
October 20 - January 15
Either-sex entire season except that portion of
Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. Dooly
and Macon Counties ONLY antlered bucks
with a minimum outside spread of 15 inches
are legal. Harris, Montgomery, Randolph, and
Talbot Counties ONLY bucks with at least four
points (one inch or longer) on one side of the
antlers are legal.
Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien,
Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke,
Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham,
Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp,
Decatur, Dodge, Dooly*, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham,
Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Harris*, Houston, Irwin, Jeff
Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty,
Long, Lowndes, Macon*, Marion, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell,
Montgomery*, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman,
Randolph*, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot*,
Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen,
Turner, Twiggs, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler,
Wilcox, Wilkinson, and Worth.
* Antler restrictions apply
Oct 20 - Jan 1
Baldwin, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga,
Cherokee, Clarke, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dade, Dawson,
Douglas, Elbert, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Glascock, Gordon,
Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Hancock*, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jackson,
Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lincoln, Madison, McDuffie, Meriwether*,
Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens,
Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Taliaferro, Troup*,
Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, and Wilkes
* Antler restrictions apply
Season limit is 10 antlerless deer and 2 antlered deer. One of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of 4 points, 1 inch or longer, on one side of the antlers except in counties with special antler restrictions.
There are no antler restrictions for the other antlered buck except in counties with special antler restrictions (see maps).
Deer killed on WMA sign-in hunts and all other deer killed in Georgia shall be recorded on the hunter’s deer harvest record and count against the hunter’s season limit. Failure to record harvested deer on the deer harvest record is a violation of state law. Deer killed on WMAs, NWRs, or State Parks requiring check-out of harvested deer will be tagged
with a special tag and do not count toward the season limit unless otherwise specified.
Either-Sex days map (Northern Zone)
Either-Sex days map (Southern Zone)
ARCHERY SEASON - STATEWIDE SEPT. 8-Oct. 12 (Either Sex)
Archery Only Counties: Fulton (north of GA Hwy 92) and all of Clayton, Cobb, and DeKalb Counties): Sept. 8-Jan. 1
in accordance with statewide bag limits, county-wide antler restrictions and other regulations.
Extended Archery Season Jan. 2-31 in
accordance with statewide bag limits for Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale Counties only.
Additional Archery Information:
Archers may not possess any centerfire, rim-fire, or muzzleloading firearm while hunting during the archery deer season , except that any person possessing a license to carry a concealed firearm that is valid in this state pursuant to OCGA 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129 may carry such firearm subject to the limitations of OCGA 16-11-126 and
16-11-127 except where prohibited by federal law. Archery hunting is allowed during firearms deer seasons and deer of either sex may be taken except as otherwise specified on WMAs. Archery hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange during primitive weapons and firearms deer seasons except in Archery-Only Counties.
PRIMITIVE WEAPONS SEASON
- Oct. 13-19; Statewide, except in archery-only counties and in accordance with bag limits, county-wide antler restrictions and other regulations.
EITHER SEX: Youth under 16 may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm during primitive weapons deer hunts and seasons.
Primitive weapons hunters may not possess any centerfire or rimfire firearm while hunting during the primitive weapons season for deer, except that any person possessing a license to carry a concealed
firearm that is valid in this state pursuant to OCGA 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129 may carry such firearm subject to the limitations of OCGA 16-11-126 and 16-11-127 except where prohibited by federal law. Scopes may be used.
FERAL HOG SEASONS
PRIVATE LANDS: No closed season; no limit. Feral hogs may be hunted at night with a light, which is carried on the person, affixed to a helmet or hat, or part of a belt system worn by a hunter. No hunting from a vehicle. A resident Hunting License is required to hunt feral hogs for all resident hunters 16 years old or older, except when hunting on land owned by them or their immediate family (blood or dependent relationship) residing in the same household. Non-residents must meet non-resident license requirements. Contact the Game Management office nearest you for more information.
NATIONAL FOREST & CORPS OF
ENGINEERS LANDS (outside of WMAs):
Hogs may be taken with archery equipment during archery deer season, with deer weapons during firearms deer season, with turkey weapons during turkey season and with small game weapons during small game season. Pursuing, catching, or hunting hogs with dogs is prohibited, unless specified otherwise (see pages 43–60 for regulations on specific WMAs). No limit. No night hunting. No hunting over bait. Hunting license requirements must be met. Hunter orange is required during firearms and primitive weapons deer seasons. Special regulations apply for
Hartwell, Strom Thurmond/Clarks Hill , and Russell lakes.
TRANSPORTING & RELEASE: Transporting live feral hogs is prohibited unless such feral hogs have tested negative for brucellosis and pseudorabies within 30 days prior to transport. It is illegal to release any trapped or transported
live feral hogs into any area that is not fenced to prevent escape of such feral hog. Any persons convicted of the release of live feral hogs in violation of established laws and regulations may be subject to revocation of hunting privileges for up to three (3) years.
WARNING: Feral hogs can carry infectious diseases that are transmissible to people. To avoid possible exposure, wear plastic gloves when field-dressing feral hogs; wash hands with soap and hot water immediately afterwards; avoid direct contact with blood and reproductive organs; cook thoroughly, and properly dispose of all waste.
PROCESSING: Any facility that processes hogs for a fee must be licensed as a red meat establishment by the Dept. of Agriculture. Deer processors can obtain a Custom Feral Hog Exempt license from the GA Dept. of Agriculture, Meat Inspection Section for $10. Contact the Meat Inspection Section at (404) 656-3673 for more information. This licensing requirement does not apply to anyone processing a feral hog for their own use.
RESTRICTION: Killing of females with cub(s) or a cub under 75 pounds is prohibited.
NORTHERN ZONE: In Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin,
Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union,
Walker, White, Whitfield Cos.:
Archery: Sept. 8-Oct. 12
Primitive Weapons: Oct. 13-19
Firearms: Oct. 20-Dec. 42
Hunting bears with dogs or over bait is prohibited. Harvested bears must be reported to personnel of the Wildlife Resources Division, Gainesville Office (770) 535-5700 or Armuchee Office (706) 295-6041 within 24 hours of harvest. After hours, call 1-800-241-4113. At a minimum, the hide and skull must be taken to the Gainesville or Armuchee
office within 3 business days of harvest for tagging. Harvested bears may also be checked at any WMA check station in the counties listed above that are open for a managed deer/ bear/hog hunt between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. during the bear season.
CENTRAL ZONE - NOV 10 in Bibb, Houston, Twiggs Counties
Hunting bears with dogs or over bait is prohibited. Hunting bears on WMAs in the Central Zone is prohibited. Harvested bears must be checked and tagged at the Oaky Woods WMA check station between 12 noon and 9 p.m. on the day of the hunt.
SOUTHERN ZONE - SEPT 27-29, OCT. 4-6, OCT. 11-13 in Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware Counties.
Hunting with dogs is allowed. Hunting over bait is prohibited. Bears must be checked and tagged at either the Georgia Forestry Commission Office at Fargo, from Noon through 9 p.m. on days of hunts or at the Waycross DNR office from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays of hunts and Noon through 9 p.m. on Saturdays of hunts..
STATEWIDE SEASON LIMIT: Two (2); provided, however, that no more than one (1) of which may be taken from the Southern and Central Zones.
Sept. 1-Oct. 7 for quota permit holders only. Season limit of 1 per quota permit holder. Legal alligators must be 48 inches or longer from end of snout to tip of tail. Participants must be at least 12 years of age. Areas open for the harvest of alligators are limited to 9 zones with zone specific quotas as follows:
- ZONE 1 (Q=65) Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Early, Marion, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, and Webster Cos.
- ZONE 2 (Q=140) Baker, Decatur, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, and Seminole Cos.
- ZONE 3 (Q=60) Crawford, Crisp, Dooly, Dougherty, Houston, Lee, Macon, Peach, Schley, Sumter, Taylor, and Worth Cos.
- ZONE 4 (Q=85) Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Thomas, Tift, and Turner Cos.
- ZONE 5 (Q=70) Ben Hill, Bibb, Bleckley, Coffee, Dodge, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, Treutlen,
Twiggs, Wheeler, Wilcox and Wilkinson Cos.
- ZONE 6 (Q=100) Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Pierce, and Ware Cos.
- ZONE 7 (Q=130) Appling, Glynn, Long, McIntosh, Tattnall, Toombs, and Wayne Cos.
- ZONE 8 (Q=120) Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Chatham, Effingham, Evans and Liberty Cos.
- ZONE 9 (Q=80) Burke, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Richmond, Screven, and Washington Cos.
On WMAs in the open zones, alligators may be taken during open small game dates that coincide with the open season for alligator (unless otherwise specified) by valid permit holders only. WMA license required. No alligator hunting on National Wildlife Refuges.
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Turkey: Mar. 22-May 15, 2013, statewide.
Season Limit: 3 Gobblers.
Small Game Hunting
BOBCAT & FOX - Dec. 1-Feb. 28. No limit. Hunting with dogs allowed. Bobcats and foxes may be hunted with small game firearms by hunters using manual calls.
GROUSE Oct. 15-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 3.
OPOSSUM Oct. 15-Feb. 28; No limit.
QUAIL Nov. 17-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 12.
RABBIT Nov. 17-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 12.
RACCOON Oct. 15-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 3.
SQUIRREL Aug. 15-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 12.
COYOTES, ARMADILLOS, GROUNDHOGS, BEAVERS, STARLINGS, PIGEONS & ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season. No limit. Electronic calls may be used for hunting coyotes.
TRAPPING: Dec. 1-Feb. 28 for mink, otter, fox, raccoon, opossum, muskrat, skunk, bobcat, and weasel. There is no closed season for trapping beavers and coyotes.
MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING
MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING LICENSE (H.I.P. license) is required for any person who purchases a license and hunts migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules). This license is free and can be obtained by completing a migratory bird hunter questionnaire when purchasing a hunting license.
CROWs Nov. 3-Feb. 28; No Limit; Electronic calls may be used. Crows may be taken outside of these dates only when causing agricultural damage.
MARSH HENS (Rails) Sept 14-Oct 31; Nov 10-Dec 1. Daily limit: 15.
- Sept. 1-16; Oct. 13-21; Nov. 22-Jan. 5; Daily Limit: 15.
- Eurasian collared doves may be taken at any time; No limit.
SNIPE Nov. 15-Feb. 28; Daily Limit: 8.
WOODCOCK Dec. 8-Jan. 21; Daily Limit: 3.
- Dove: 12 noon until sunset on opening day of September season, and ½ hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season.
- Other Migratory Birds: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.
FEDERAL YOUTH WATERFOWl DAY
Only youth 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl or geese on this day. An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth into the field but may not hunt.
Hunters harvesting any banded migratory bird should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bird Banding Laboratory at
POSSESSION OF MIGRATORY BIRDS HARVESTED BY ANOTHER
possessing migratory birds harvested by another hunter must possess, in writing, the hunter's signature, address,
total number of birds harvested by species and dates of harvest.