Hunting in Georgia

GA Hunting & Fishing Popular Guide Cover

If you plan to hunt in Georgia, start with the 2024–2025 Hunting & Fishing Regulations to review rules, seasons, limits and other information.

Before You Go

Seasons & Dates: A 1-page synopsis of hunting season dates.

What's in season today?
Use this helpful calendar to find out what is in season today, and even sync with your Gmail calendar.

Hunter Education

All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1961 must successfully complete a hunter education course before purchasing a hunting license. Hunter education is not required if purchasing an Apprentice License or short-term license, if you are hunting on your own land, or if you are hunting pen raised game birds on a licensed shooting preserve.

Hunt & Learn Programs

Both adults and youth are invited to a weekend of hunting and classes in a variety of skills-based and conservation-focused programs.

New Hunter Resources

Are you a new hunter looking for information on how to hunt different game species in Georgia? These resources are a great place to start.

The Hunting 101 PowerPoint Series:

Adventure Together - Hunt Georgia

The Adventure Together - Hunt Georgia website contains valuable information for new hunters like how to go hunting, where to find hunter ed classes, and what licenses you'll need. There's also over 70 videos on topics ranging from planning your hunt, to selecting a firearm or bow, to how to process your game meat!

Buy a License

Depending on age and residency, Georgia law may require hunters to have a current Georgia hunting license in their possession while hunting in Georgia. Requirements vary. Licenses may be purchased online, in person at participating locations, or by phone. Your purchase supports the conservation of Georgia's outdoor resources.

Game Species


Training Dogs

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Alerts & Closures

Check for shooting range and WMA closures before you head out.

Places to Hunt

Interactive Map of Public Hunting Locations

Quota Hunts

Private Land Hunting

State-owned Land Access Information

Hunting on Federal Land

After the Hunt

Check Your Game

Find a Game Processor

Hunter Surveys

Hunters for the Hungry

Venison is the ultimate high-protein, low-fat, organic meat. You can help get this quality protein from the woods to a local food bank, and onto the tables of those in your community that need it most. Participate by donating a deer to a participating processor near you, donating to the Georgia Wildlife Federation or becoming a sponsor.

Hunting with Kids

Hunt & Learn Programs: Youth

Children, ages 10–17, and their supervisors are invited to a weekend of hunting and classes in a variety of skills-based and conservation-focused programs.

Youth Hunts

Children under 17 may apply for youth hunts and specific quota hunts.

"My First" Certificates

Remember your child's first hunt with a fun printable certificate.

More Information

Harvest Summaries & Population Surveys

Find out how WRD uses valid survey methodology to get populations estimates and view annual reports of harvest data.

Summary of Bowhunting Equipment Regulations

Proposed Regulations

Public Meetings/Hearings and Public Comment Opportunities

Things of Interest