Regulations

Hunting & Fishing eRegulations

Hunting Regulations Cover Hunting eRegulations

View the 2019–2020 hunting eRegulations online.

 

Sport Fishing Regulations Cover Fishing eRegulations

View the 2019 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.


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.