management

Georgia Game Check: Reporting Turkey/Deer Harvest

All turkey and deer hunters are required to have a Harvest Record for the current season.

This includes:

  • hunters under 16 years of age
  • landowners
  • honorary, lifetime and sportsman's license holders
  • hunters not required to purchase any license or a big game license
  • hunters whose big game license has not expired

Additionally, all harvest must be reported within 72 hours through Georgia Game Check

Invasive Species

Georgia Invasive Species Strategy

The variety of native species found in Georgia is in part a reflection of the range of landscapes that make up the state. From the mixed forests and woodlands of the north Georgia mountains, to the low rolling hills of Central Georgia, to the swampy lowland, marshes and barrier islands of the coast, the state’s various ecosystems make Georgia the sixth most biologically diverse state in the Union.

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)

Moving live fish, aquatic plants, or mussels from one body of water to another can cause irreversible damage to the ecological balance of Georgia lakes, rivers and streams.


Examples In & Near Our State

Blueback Herring

The quality of largemouth bass, bream, and crappie fishing in Georgia mountain lakes has declined following the illegal introduction of blueback herring.

Voluntary Public Access (VPA) & Habitat Incentive Programs

Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division received a grant that gives us a great opportunity to partner with private landowners. We can now offer substantial lease dollars in exchange for well-managed outdoor recreation access for the public. Whether you own 10 acres or 5,000 acres, we are interested in talking with you about leasing land for public access to hunting, fishing, or wildlife viewing. So far, we have created a wide variety of hunting opportunities for dove, waterfowl, deer, small game and turkey.