Proposed Regulations

Hunting

The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage Georgia’s game birds and game animals according to principles of sound wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources. 

Proposed Regulations

These proposed changes affect rules pertaining to permit requirements for hunting deer with dogs; pursuit of bears with dogs on wildlife management areas, other state lands, and federal wildlife areas; wildlife management area trout streams; public fishing areas; and the Georgia outdoor recreation pass.  Proposed changes to the existing rules reflect the need to achieve consistency with statutory changes associated with HB 208 (License Fee Bill). The comment period for these proposed regulations closed on May 31, 2017.

Proposed Hunting Regulations 2017–2018 and 2018–2019

Three Public Hearings were scheduled re: these proposed regulations. The comment period for these proposed regulations closed on April 21, 2017.

Submitting Comments 

You may submit input for consideration into the development of proposed hunting regulations or, when proposals are available, comments regarding proposed hunting regulations in the following methods:

gm.comments@dnr.ga.gov
770-918-6404
Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division
2067 US Highway 278 SE
Social Circle, GA 30025

Fishing

Proposed Regulation

The Wildlife Resources Division and Coastal Resources Divisions are proposing several amendments to Commercial Fishing Rules 391-2-4 and 391-4-3.  House Bill 208, signed into law by Governor Deal on April 25, 2017, resulted in significant changes to Title 27.  These changes include the creation of a seafood dealer license and commercial species endorsements for the personal commercial fishing license; both of which will allow for improved management of commercial fishing in Georgia.  The proposed amendments will align the regulatory definition of a seafood dealer with the legislative definition, create a definition for landed, modify reporting requirements and create 12 species endorsements required of commercial fishermen harvesting saltwater species. Three commercial species endorsements will also be created for commercial freshwater fishing in Rule 391-4-3.

View the Notice of Proposed Regulation Change outlining the public comment period and public hearing location and date. Complete details of the proposed rule change can be found on the Coastal Resources Division website.

Submitting Comments

Comments on the proposed rule changes are accepted until Oct. 2, 2017. Submit comments to Doug Haymans: Email: doug.haymans@dnr.ga.gov or written: Coastal Resources Division, One Conservation
Way, Brunswick, GA 31520

Final Action

CRD and WRD will review and consider all comments received during the comment period and make a final recommendation to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board at the meeting scheduled for Oct. 25, 2017.