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Hunting & Fishing eRegulations

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View the 2019–2020 hunting eRegulations online.

 

 

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View the 2020 fishing eRegulations online.

 

 


2019–2020 Hunting Regulations Corrections & Useful Information

  • Mobility-impaired means anyone confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia or single-leg amputation above the knee.
  • Quail/Rabbit actual opening date: Nov. 16.
  • Crow season actual dates: Nov. 2–Feb. 28.
  • Ossabaw Island Deer Quota Hunt Either-Sex Dates: Nov. 28–Nov. 30. This is a youth hunt not available to adults.
  • Oconee National Forest: Sept. 12–Jan. 1 is not applicable (pg. 71, first sentence in Special Regs section. These sets of dates were removed because they conflicted with pg. 73).
  • Bartram Forest WMA: no coyote season.
  • Locator map on pg. 46 is incorrect, please reference e-regulations website.
  • Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA, Hilliard Plantation Tract: quota youth deer hunt should be a sign in hunt; sign in symbol is missing.
  • River Bend WMA: waterfowl may be hunted on impoundment and its dikes/roads until noon only on Wed., Sat., and Sun., during statewide season.
  • Sapelo Island WMA: The Archery Quota Hunt listed for Sapelo Island WMA is for the South End only. Archery hunting is restricted to the North End only until after this Quota Hunt. Archery hunting dates for the South End of Sapelo Island are Dec. 15–Jan. 12.
  • Berry College WMA: The archery deer hunt this year is Sept. 14, 2019, not Sept. 4, 2019.
  • Coosawattee WMA: The dates for archery deer season should be Sept. 14–Oct. 30, Nov. 3–Dec. 18 and Dec. 22–Jan. 1.
  • Dawson Forest WMA: The dates for the second season of archery deer should be Oct. 14–18.
  • Warwoman WMA: Archery season should be buck only, not either-sex.
  • Camp Creek and Cowart Lake VPAs are not open for hunting this season.

DNR Regulatory Process

Public Meetings & Hearings

Public participation is an important component of the regulatory process.
Public meetings are forums designed to accept public input for consideration into the development of hunting regulation, or other related rule proposals, and other management actions.
Public hearings are forums designed to accept public comment on proposed regulations under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources.

Proposed Regulations

View all proposed regulations under consideration of the Board of Natural Resources and public notices here. Public participation is an important component of the regulatory process.

Recently Updated Regulations

Regulations recently passed by the Board of Natural Resources.

Hunting Regulations Process 

Every two years, the Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) invites all hunters and other interested persons to attend public meetings and provide input on the development of changes to current hunting regulations.

Paramount to this process is the understanding that the Georgia General Assembly passes laws and the Board of Natural Resources passes regulations. Laws take precedence over regulations, and the Board can declare regulations only specific to the authority the General Assembly grants it. The Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) does not have an active role in introducing or voting on proposed law changes. Those rights are reserved for Georgia's elected General Assembly members. WRD's role is to serve as a source of information to assist lawmakers in making informed decisions relative to related issues and to make regulatory recommendations to the Board for their consideration.

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

The development of hunting regulations follows this general timeline:

  • January: A series of public meetings are held across the state to obtain public input prior to the formulation of hunting regulation proposals. Public input may also be submitted electronically, in writing, or by telephone.
  • February: Hunting regulation proposals are received from WRD's biologist and other field staff.
  • March: Proposals are completed and presented to the Board of Natural Resources for input, review and tentative approval.
  • April: Public notice (30-day) of the proposed regulation package. WRD holds three (3) public hearings on the proposed regulation package to receive public comment. Public comment on the proposals also may be submitted electronically, in writing, or by telephone.
  • May: Formal action on proposed regulations by the Board of Natural Resources.
  • June: Development of the annual Hunting Seasons and Regulations booklet.
  • July: Complete development and publication of the annual Hunting Seasons and Regulations booklet.
  • August: Hunting Seasons and Regulations booklet is made available on the website, at DNR offices, and at other retail outlets.

Protected Species

It is unlawful to take nongame wildlife except fiddler crabs, coyotes, armadillos, groundhogs, beavers, starlings, English sparrows, pigeons and venomous snakes. Additionally, rats, mice, frogs, spring lizards, freshwater crayfish and freshwater mussels may be taken except for species on Georgia's Protected Species List. No more than 10 freshwater turtles may be possessed without a commercial turtle permit. The taking of freshwater mussels requires a fishing license or commercial fishing license. For more information on the commercial taking of freshwater mussels, consult your local state fisheries office.