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General WMA Regulations

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All WMA laws, rules and regulations, unless otherwise specified, must be followed on Public Fishing Areas and State Parks open for hunting. WMA license is required except for State Park Quota Hunts.

Camping, hiking and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site. All WMA visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during the hunting seasons. Specific recreation sites may be closed as needed for management purposes by posting at the site.

Feral Hog, Deer, Bear & TurkeyDirect questions regarding a specific WMA to the region office for that WMA.

Migratory Birds

Crows, Snipe & Woodcock may be taken on small game dates during the statewide seasons unless otherwise specified. Electronic calls may be used for crows. No limit on crows.

Duck hunting on managed impoundments at Altamaha (Butler Island), Cordele Hatchery, Evans PFA, Oconee & Rum Creek WMAs, West Point WMA – Glovers Creek tract is by quota only. Hunters must hunt from assigned areas or ponds. Shooting hours end at 12 noon, except the last Saturday of the season, when hunting is allowed until sunset. Waterfowl hunting can take place only during specified waterfowl hunting dates. Waterfowl on all other WMA locations may be hunted any day of the waterfowl season that the area is open for small game hunting or as otherwise specified.

Goose hunting is allowed on WMAs except on managed waterfowl impoundments. On managed waterfowl impoundments, geese may be taken only during managed waterfowl hunts during the state goose season.

Small Game, Furbearers, Falconry & Coyotes

Alligators are small game species and may be taken on small game dates during statewide alligator season by quota permit holders only, unless otherwise specified in the WMA listings.

Coyotes may be taken during big game, small game, and special hog hunts as well as special coyote hunts. Weapons are restricted to legal firearms and archery equipment for the game species specified for a particular hunt in the WMA listings. Electronic calls may be used. No night hunting.

Falconry: All WMAs are open for falconry during listed small game dates for a specific area. Field trial areas and archery-only hunting areas on WMAs are also open for small game hunting by means of falconry during the statewide falconry season.

Furbearers: Raccoons, opossum, foxes and bobcats may be hunted within statewide seasons during small game and furbearer dates, unless otherwise specified in the WMA listings. Furbearers may not be hunted during firearms deer hunts. Night hunting is allowed, unless otherwise specified. Hunters must pick up their dogs by 12 noon on the day following the hunt. Electronic calls are prohibited.

Small Game: Unless otherwise specified, hunters are allowed to hunt any small game with an open season during the small game dates specified in the WMA listings. No small game or furbearer hunting is allowed during managed deer hunts except that migratory birds may be hunted during archery deer hunts during open state season unless otherwise specified.

Unprotected Nongame Species may be taken only during small game dates.


Limited opportunities to trap on certain WMAs are available by permit only. Trapping is intended to facilitate meeting desired management objectives for wildlife or to minimize damage to property or habitats. Such opportunities are available on: Albany Nursery, B. F. Grant, Bullard Creek, Clayhole, Crockford-Pigeon Mtn, Dawson Forest, Dixon Memorial, Elmodel, Penholoway, Rum Creek, Tuckahoe, West Point, and Yuchi WMAs. Please contact the appropriate region office for further details or to apply for a permit.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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