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Game Management

Conservation Assistance for Landowners

Wildlife Management in Georgia

  • Alligator Management Plan: The Purpose of Georgia’s Alligator Management Plan is to ensure the long-term conservation of Georgia’s alligator population while providing sustainable harvest and other recreational opportunities, promoting its value to wetland ecosystems, and minimizing conflicts. Click here to view the plan.
  • Deer Herd Management : This booklet is intended to serve as a source of general information for those with a casual interest in white-tailed deer, and not as a detailed guide for land managers.
  • Dove Hunting and Agricultural Practices in Georgia: The mourning dove is the most hunted migratory game bird in Georgia. Federal and state laws prohibit hunting migratory game birds over baited areas. Find out how to legally attract and hunt doves.
  • Feral Hog Management: Feral hogs are a growing problem in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. Their adaptability and irruptive population growth potential make them a source of concern. Feral hogs are capable of extensive habitat destruction in a short period of time.
  • Quail Management: There are many ways to manage your lands to encourage bobwhite quail production, including use of field borders, pine stands, prescribed fire, predator control and more. 
  • Small Game Management: General information for wildlife enthusiasts and a detailed guide for landowners regarding the management of bobwhite quail, mourning dove, ruffed grouse, rabbit and grey and fox squirrels.
  • Waterfowl Management: General information for those with a casual interest in waterfowl and for landowners and managers who want to improve the waterfowl habitat on their property.


Deer Management in Georgia

Habitat Management in Georgia

  • Forest Stewardship Program Plan Writer’s Tools: This comprehensive technical guidance framework is used by natural resource professionals to provide private forest landowners with on-site verbal recommendations and written management plans. FSP Tools provide standardized low, medium, and high intensity management options for each of Georgia’s 12 major land area types. They help integrate multiple natural resource objectives of individual landowners and ensure quality services.
  • How to Evaluate and Improve Land for Wildlife: This Forest Stewardship Program (FSP) tool aims to help you evaluate forestland conditions for wildlife & then plan for improvements using simple but critical recommendations.
  • Is Your Land Within a Georgia High Priority Restoration Area?: Within Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan (2005), there are five major conservation themes identified as crucial for maintaining our state's foundation of healthy ecoregions and their biological diversity. This fact sheet explores those areas.
  • Manage Forests with Enhanced Conservation Strategies: Forest Stewardship Program plans prescribe carefully selected conservation practices for specific areas on your land to benefit timber, wildlife and other objectives. Contact your local Georgia Forestry Commission forester to determine if you are eligible to receive a plan.
  • Why Thin and Prescribe Burn Forests: In forests throughout Georgia, combining frequent thins and burns is the most financially and environmentally beneficial action that can be made.  Burning forests in appropriate conditions renews natural plant communities that provide food and cover for wildlife.
  • Herbicide Use in Georgia Forests: This template summarizes why, when, & how to use herbicides to improve forests in Georgia & provides weblinks to important details.
  • Wildlife Openings: Design and Management: Recommendations on how to design and manage wildlife openings.
  • Fallow Field ManagementFallow fields provide early successional habitat for many wildlife species. When a field is abandoned or "fallowed," it quickly begins reverting to forbs and grasses, referred to as early succession.

Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts

  • Bears in the Backyard, Deer in the Driveway: Wildlife management is the key to balancing the needs of people and wildlife, reducing human-wildlife conflicts and maintaining healthy wildlife populations. This includes two important methods used by wildlife biologists - hunting and trapping.
  • Beaver Management and Control: This booklet is intended to provide general information on beavers in Georgia and to assist individuals or landowners experiencing beaver damage problems.
  • Controlling Deer Damage: Advice for all types of individuals experiencing deer damage problems. WRD hopes this booklet will serve as a quality source of information for handling deer damage problems.
  • Feral Hogs Information and Management: Multiple sources of information about feral hogs.
  • Nuisance Canada Geese: Canada geese have become more common in Georgia, and in some cases have developed into pests. Find out more about preventing nuisance goose issues on your property.
  • Nuisance Wildlife Information: This page consolidates information on the most common nuisance wildlife in Georgia - how to prevent, how to manage and who to call.
  • Deer-Car Collisions: How to Avoid - With an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions annually in Georgia, motorists should be cautious of increased deer and wildlife sightings during the fall. 


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