Hunting Regulations Process
Every two years, the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) invites all hunters and other interested persons to attend public meetings and provide input on the development of changes to current hunting regulations.
Paramount to this process is the understanding that the Georgia General Assembly passes laws and the Board of Natural Resources passes regulations. Laws take precedence over regulations, and the Board can promulgate regulations only specific to the authority the General Assembly grants it. The Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) does not have an active role in introducing or voting on proposed law changes. Those rights are reserved for Georgia's elected General Assembly members. WRD's role is to serve as a source of information to assist lawmakers in making informed decisions relative to related issues and to make regulatory recommendations to the Board for their consideration.
The purpose of hunting regulations are to manage Georgia's game birds and game animals according to sound principles of wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources.
The development of hunting regulations follows this general timeline: