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: 

  • 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 2018-2019Three 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:

  • Online: Provide your feedback on current proposed regulations (due by May 31, 2017) to gm.comments@dnr.ga.gov.  
  • Phone: 770-918-6404
  • Mailing: Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division. 2067 US Hwy. 278, SE , Social Circle, GA 30025

Fishing

Last spring, the Wildlife Resources Division conducted public scoping efforts to determine if Georgians would support adjusting the walleye creel and possession limit at Lake Blue Ridge from fifteen (15) to the statewide limit of eight (8). 

Based on the results of the public scoping effort and prior research, the Wildlife Resources Division has proposed this regulation change to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board and will open a comment period on July 1, 2016 to run thru July 31, 2016.

Comment Period

During the comment period (July 1-31, 2016), interested individuals and parties can comment by attending the scheduled public hearing (see info below) or by submitting verbal or written comment as specified below: 

  • Submit via email here (jeff.durniak@dnr.ga.gov)

  • Calling the Gainesville Office at:  770-535-5498

  • Mailing written comments to:  GA DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Management Section; Attn: Thomas Litts; 2065 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025

All comments must be provided by July 31, 2016.

Hearing Schedule: 

July 14, 2016; 7:00 PM

Fannin County Chamber of Commerce: Welcome Center

152 Orvin Lance Drive

Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Useful Links

Final Action

The 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 its August 2016 meeting.

If approved, WRD expects the proposed change to become effective in 2016.