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Unlawful Activities on WMAs
- Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Camping or operating a motor vehicle upon any permanent wildlife opening.
- Consuming alcohol except at camp sites (this regulation does not apply on National Forest Lands).
- Driving a vehicle around any gate, sign, earth berm, or similar device intended to prevent vehicular access.
- • Hunting within 50 yards of any road opened for vehicular access. (Possession of a loaded firearm within 50 yards of a road opened for vehicular access is considered hunting.)
- Hunting within a posted safety zone.
- Night hunting except for raccoon, fox, opossum, bobcat, and alligator (permitted alligator hunters only).
- Placing bait or wildlife food and hunting any game species or feral hog over bait.
- Possessing a cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle.
- Possessing a firearm during a closed hunting season for an area, except on designated shooting ranges, unless such a firearm is unloaded and stored in a motor vehicle so as to not be readily accessible, except that any person possessing a Weapons Carry License that is valid in this state pursuant to OCGA §§ 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129 may carry such firearm subject to the limitations of OCGA §§ 16-11-126 and 16-11-127, except where prohibited by federal law.
- Possessing alcohol while hunting on National Forest lands.
- Possessing a loaded firearm (a gun is considered loaded if a shell is in the chamber or magazine, a percussion cap is on the nipple, or powder is present on the frizzen pan) in a motor vehicle, except that any person possessing a Weapons Carry License that is valid in this state pursuant to OCGA §§ 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129 may carry such firearm subject to the limitations of OCGA §§ 16-11-126 and 16-11-127, except where prohibited by federal law.
- Possessing or using buckshot except on dog-deer hunts.
- Shooting from a motor vehicle.
- Taking or possessing any wildlife except during an open season for that species.
- Target practicing except on an authorized shooting range.
- Trapping except that special permits may be issued for certain WMAs.
- Using metal detectors or collecting artifacts.
- Using motor vehicles, signage, flagging tape, or any other method(s) to close or restrict access to roads, trails or any other access features.
- Using paintball equipment (this regulation does not apply on National Forest Lands).
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.
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