Migratory Bird Regulations

Mallard Ducks on Water

 

Waterfowl Season Structure

In 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave states the option to end waterfowl season on January 31. We are allowed no more than 60 total days of hunting, and no more than 1 split. In accordance with hunter desires, Georgia has traditionally had a 9-day season around Thanksgiving, which leaves 51 days. Ending the season on the last possible day (which is strongly preferred by Georgia duck hunters) means the opening day of the 2nd split may fall on different days of the week in order to allow hunters the full number of days we can offer. The 1st season (in November) will always be Saturday (before Thanksgiving) to Sunday (after Thanksgiving) for 9 days, the opening and closing days of the week for the 2nd split will vary each year. 


Hunter Resources

Special Regulations

Lake Allatoona & Lake Lanier

No hunting allowed within 600 feet of a dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina or open recreation area. Contact the local Game Management Region Office for open dates, closed recreation areas open for hunting and other special rules for waterfowl hunting on Lakes Allatoona & Lanier.

Georgia Power Lakes (North Georgia)

No hunting allowed within 300 feet of any dock, house, boat ramp, marina or open recreation area without permission from the lease or property owner. Lakes open for duck and goose hunting: Lake Burton, Lake Seed, Lake Rabun, Tallulah Falls Lake, Lake Tugalo and Lake Yonah. Contact the Game Management Region 2 Office for dates and other special rules for waterfowl hunting on Georgia Power Lakes in North Georgia.

Lake Walter F. George

No hunting allowed on the portions of LWFG in Georgia within 600 feet of a dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area. Waterfowl hunting from land is prohibited outside of the specified “Hunting Areas”. A Corps permit is required to hunt waterfowl on all areas of the lake, except the Eufaula NWR. Information on how to purchase a permit (in person or by mail only): www.sam.usace.army.mil or 229-768-2516.

Lake Blackshear, Lake Oconee, Lake Seminole, Lake Sinclair & Lake Oliver (South of Standing Boy Creek State Park)

No hunting allowed within 300 feet of a dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina or open recreation area.


Management