Non-native and Invasive Species

Hunting Regulations 

Limit: No limit, no closed season

Regulations: Feral hogs may  be hunted at night with a light (no voltage restriction), which is carried by the hunter or affixed to a helmet, hat or part of a belt system. Hunting over bait is allowed. No hunting from a vehicle. 

Wildlife Management Areas: Feral hogs may be taken during any small or big game season with the appropriate lawful weapons. Hunter orange is required and no night hunting or baiting is allowed. Electronic calls may be used. Additionally, a Feral Hog and Coyote season will be held from May 16-31 on all WMAs (unless otherwise specified). During this two week hunt, any legal firearm for big or small game may be used, except on Archery Only areas. View hunt dates and regulations for specific WMAs here

National Forest Areas (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. No night hunting or baiting is allowed. Hunter orange is required during firearms and primitive weapons deer seasons. 

Legal Weapons: Any legal weapon allowed on private land. 

License Requirements: All residents age 16 years of age or older bust possess a hunting license to hunt feral hog, except when hunting on land owned by the hunter or their immediate family (blood or dependent) residing in the same household. Nonresidents must possess a nonresident hunting license. 

 

It is unlawful to take nongame wildlife except coyotes, armadillos, groundhogs, beavers, starlings, English sparrows, pigeons, fiddler crabs and venomous snakes. Additionally, rats, mice, frogs spring lizards, freshwater crayfish and freshwater mussels may be taken except for species on Georgia's Protected Species List. 

  • Coyotes

Limit: No limit, no closed season

Regulations: No closed season for trapping coyotes. Electronic calls may be used. Regulations on Wildlife Management Areas

Wildlife Management Areas: Coyotes may be taken during any small or big game season with the appropriate lawful weapons. Hunter orange is required and no night hunting or baiting is allowed. Electronic calls may be used. Additionally, a Feral Hog and Coyote season will be held from May 16-31 on all WMAs (unless otherwise specified). During this two week hunt, any legal firearm for big or small game may be used, except on Archery Only areas. View hunt dates and regulations for specific WMAs here

License Requirements: All residents age 16 years of age or older bust possess a hunting license to hunt coyote, except when hunting on land owned by the hunter or their immediate family (blood or dependent) residing in the same household. Nonresidents must possess a nonresident hunting license. 

  • Beavers

Limit:  No limit, no closed season

Regulations: No closed season for trapping beavers. 

License Requirements: All residents age 16 years of age or older bust possess a hunting license to hunt beaver, except when hunting on land owned by the hunter or their immediate family (blood or dependent) residing in the same household. Nonresidents must possess a nonresident hunting license. 

  • Armadillos, Groundhogs, Starlings, Pigeons and English Sparrows

Limit: No limit, no closed season

License Requirements: All residents age 16 years of age or older bust possess a hunting license to hunt these species, except when hunting on land owned by the hunter or their immediate family (blood or dependent) residing in the same household. Nonresidents must possess a nonresident hunting license. 

 

Management

 

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