Beginning this month, the 2016-2017 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more. You may view, download and print the guide at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations . Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.
“We know that hunters eagerly anticipate the debut of this publication each year so that they can solidify hunting trips and more for the year,” said John Bowers, chief of Game Management. “We encourage all hunters, new or experienced, to take some time to review the publication to stay informed on any changes in hunting regulations and opportunities.”
Some of the major changes to the hunting regulations this year include:
- Georgia Game Check: Beginning this deer hunting season, all hunters on both public and private lands must check their harvest using Georgia Game Check. Additionally, all hunters must download a Harvest Record available at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com. All harvested deer can be reported by visiting GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by calling 1-800-366-2661 or by downloading the GA Outdoors App.
- New Outdoors GA App: Purchase and store licenses, check your game harvest, locate properties and more with the new Outdoors GA App. Available now for both Android and iOS.
- Two new WMAs: Buck Shoals WMA (582 acres) in White County and Altama Plantation WMA (3,986 acres) in Glynn County.
- Migratory Bird and Waterfowl Seasons: No longer do bird-hunting enthusiasts have to wait for a later date for season announcements/bag limits/changes. Beginning with the 2016-2017 season, complete migratory bird and waterfowl seasons and regulations are now included in this publication.
Members of the Board of Natural Resources enact hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by the Division’s professional wildlife biologists and field personnel. Georgia’s game and fish laws are enacted by the elected members of the General Assembly.
For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations or contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office or call 770-918-6404.