Guide to Hunting Regulations in Georgia Now Available | Characteristics

SOCIAL CIRCLE – Hunters can find the latest Georgia hunting information online, on the app, and in print as the 2021-2022 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available, the Division of Wildlife has announced. of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), quota hunts, youth opportunities and more.

View the guide (or download it) online at or on the Go Outdoors GA app. Obtain a printed copy at Wildlife Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.

Some of the major changes to hunting regulations this year include:

Antlers Restrictions: Statewide, the restriction on antlers on one of the two antlers is one of the two antlers must have a minimum of 4 points, 1 inch or more, on one either wood or an exterior wood of at least 15 inches to be legal. In counties with county-wide timber restrictions (except Dooly and Macon counties), both timber bucks must meet one of these two requirements to be legal.

· Bear Harvest – Reporting and Season: All North Zone bear hunters must have a bear harvest record and report their harvest using the Georgia Game Check system within 24 hours of harvest. Youth (under 16) can hunt bears with any legal firearm during the Northern Bear Zone.

Dove Season: Dove season statewide has changed by extending the first season to early October, opening the December segment later, and changing the hours of operation from noon-sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise-sunset.

Extended Archery Season: Extended Archery Season has been added to the following counties: Barrow, Cherokee, Columbia, Decatur, Douglas, Fayette, Hall, Muscogee, Paulding and Seminole.

· New public hunting opportunities: APV Cedar Grove (Laurens County), 294 acres; Scotland Road VPA (Laurens County), 199 acres; Tallapoosa River VPA (Haralson County), 3,053 acres; Treat Mountain APV (Polk County), 5,087 acres.

Turkey Season and Bag Limit: The statewide turkey season is shifted to open one week later on April 2, 2022. On WMAs, VPAs and National Forests, Turkey Season opens two weeks later on April 9, 2022. The season always ends on May 15. The statewide bag limit has been reduced to two gobblers per season with a daily bag limit of one gobbler. In addition, the bag limit on WMAs, VPAs and National Forest Lands (other than WMAs) is one gobbler per area.

WMA Small Game: On most WMAs, small game can be hunted any time a statewide season of small game species is open, except during area-specific quota hunts or as specified for that zone.

Members of the Natural Resources Council issue hunting regulations acting on recommendations made by professional wildlife biologists in the division. Georgian game and fish laws enacted by elected members of the General Assembly

For more information on hunting in Georgia, visit or contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office (

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