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(2013-2014)

BIG GAME SEASON SUMMARY

 
SPECIES SEASONS DATES LIMIT
Deer Archery - Either Sex Sept 14 - Oct11, Statewide

12 per season, statewide. NOTE: New either sex days

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, Randolph, 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 12 - 18, Statewide
Firearms - Northern Zone

Oct 19 - Jan 1

Firearms - Southern Zone Oct 19 - Jan 15
Bear Northern Zone Archery: Sep 14 - Oct 11 Two (2) per season, Statewide provided that no more than one (1) of which may be taken from the Southern and Central Zones. Harvested bears must be reported and tagged.
Primitive Weapons: Oct 12 - 18
Firearms: Oct 19 - Dec 1
Central Zone

Firearms: Dec 14

Southern Zone Firearms: Sept 2- 28;
Oct 3-5, Oct 10 - 12
Turkey Statewide March 22, May 15, 2014 3 Gobblers per season


Deer Hunting

Firearms
Northern Zone

October 19 - 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.

Either Sex days - Oct 26-27, Nov 9-10, Nov 19-30, Dec 26-Jan 1
Banks, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Stephens, White, Whitfield.

Either Sex days - Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 28-30, Jan 1
Fannin, Rabun, Towns, Union.

Extended Archery Season
Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale Cos. Only; Jan. 231 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 regulations.
- Chattahoochee NF ES Days: Oct. 29, Nov. 26, Dec. 26
- Oconee NF ES Days: Oct. 28-30, Nov. 11-13, 24-27; Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

Southern Zone

October 19 - January 15

Either-sex entire season ONLY in Dooly, Harris, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, and Talbot counties. In Dooly and Macon counties, only antlered bucks with minimum outside spread of 15 inches are legal. In Harris, Montgomery, Randolph, and Talbot counties, only antlered bucks with at least 4 points of one inch or longer on one side are legal.

Either Sex Oct 19 - Nov 30, Dec 26 - Jan 15
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, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Marion, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Quitman, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Turner, Twiggs, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, and Worth.

Either Sex Oct 19 - Nov 30, Dec 26 - Jan 1
Baldwin, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dade, Dawson, Douglas, Elbert, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth (In Forsyth county sough of GA Hwy 20 only shotguns and muzzleloaders are legal for firearms deer hunting), Fulton, Glascock, Gordon, Greene, Gwinette, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lincoln, Madison, McDuffie, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Pope, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spaulding, Taliaferro, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, and Wilkes

Limit

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).

Except for WMA, State Park, and NWR hunts requiring hunter check-out of harvested deer, hunters may not remove a deer from the place of kill until the deer harvest record has been permanently marked. Hunters may not possess multiple deer harvest records. All deer hunters regardless of age or residency must obtain a deer harvest record and must record all deer harvest information.


Either-Sex days map (Northern Zone)
Either-Sex days map (Southern Zone)

ARCHERY SEASON - STATEWIDE SEPT. 14 - Oct. 11 (Either Sex)
Archery Only Counties: Fulton (north of GA Hwy 92) and all of Clayton, Cobb, and DeKalb Counties: Sept. 14-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.

Chattahoochee - Oconee National Forest - During firearms deer season, archers must follow firearms either sex dates

PRIMITIVE WEAPONS SEASON - Oct. 12-18; 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.

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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. Hunting over bait is allowed. 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. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs with appropriate weapons restrictions while training dogs during dates when training season coincides with small game or turkey season. 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.

TRANSPORTING & RELEASE: 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.

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BEAR SEASONS

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. 14-Oct. 11
Primitive Weapons: Oct. 12-18
Firearms: Oct. 19-Dec. 1


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 - Dec 14 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 26-28, OCT. 3-5, OCT. 10-12 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, or at Dixon Memorial WMA Oct 3-5, 8AM to 8PM.

STATEWIDE SEASON LIMIT: Two (2); provided, however, that no more than one (1) of which may be taken from the Southern and Central Zones.

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ALLIGATOR SEASON

Sept. 7-Oct. 6 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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Bird Hunting

Turkey: Mar. 22-May 15, 2014, statewide.
Season Limit: 3 Gobblers.

Special Opportunity Season - Only for youth 16 years of age and younger and mobility impaired persons (ie., confined to wheelchair, paraplegia, single leg amputation above the knee, monoplegia or hemiplegia). Such hunters must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older who may call but not take or attempt to take a turkey. This season does not apply to public lands unless otherwise specified.

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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 of .17 caliber or larger by hunters using manual calls.

GROUSE Oct. 15-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 3.

OPOSSUM Oct. 15-Feb. 28; No limit.

QUAIL Nov. 16-Feb. 28; Daily limit: 12.

RABBIT Nov. 16-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.

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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. 2-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 13-Oct 31; Nov 15-Dec 5. Daily limit: 15.

MOURNING DOVE
- Sept. 7-22; Oct. 12-20; Nov. 28-Jan. 11; Daily Limit: 15.
- Eurasian collared doves may be taken at any time; No limit.

SNIPE Nov. 15-Feb. 28; Daily Limit: 8.

WOODCOCK Dec. 7-Jan. 21; Daily Limit: 3.

LEGAL HOURS
- Dove: 12 noon until sunset on opening day of September season, and hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season.
- Other Migratory Birds: 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.

BANDED BIRDS
Hunters harvesting any banded migratory bird should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bird Banding Laboratory at 1-800-327-BAND.

POSSESSION OF MIGRATORY BIRDS HARVESTED BY ANOTHER
Persons 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.

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