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Dogs & Dog Training

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Dogs must be confined or kept on a leash except when hunting or training during designated seasons or on designated areas. Hunters must remove their dogs upon departure. Trail dogs for rabbits are limited to Beagles, Basset hounds and Dachshunds. Hunters are allowed to hunt raccoons with trail dogs only. Owners are responsible for their dogs and any damage they may do to wildlife other than raccoon, fox, opossum or bobcat. It is unlawful to run deer with dogs unless otherwise specified (see Dixon Memorial, Paulks Pasture, Rogers, and Townsend WMAs). Hunters whose dogs are found chasing deer may be appropriately charged. Anyone wishing to pursue any game animal or furbearer for the purpose of training dogs may do so only during hunting dates for that species listed for each WMA unless otherwise specified.

Bear Dog Training On Chattahoochee National Forest

Pursuit of bears with dogs for training purposes only:
Aug. 1–Sept. 6, Jan. 2–Mar. 19 & May 1–May 23 during legal daylight hours.

Requirements for all participants:

  • Possess a valid Hunting license, Big Game license and WMA license.
  • Check-in once per season at: Rich Mountain WMA, Swallow Creek WMA, or Warwoman WMA check station.
  • Possess a copy of check-in permit at all times while participating.

Requirements & restrictions for dogs:

  • Each dog must be marked with hunter’s name, address, and telephone number.
  • All dogs must be removed from area upon departure.
  • It is unlawful to allow dogs to pursue bears onto lands not authorized for such activity.

Hog Dog Training On Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forest

Pursuit of hogs with dogs for training purposes only:

Aug. 1–Sept. 6, Jan. 2–Mar. 19 & May 1–May 23 during legal daylight hours. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs with appropriate weapons restrictions while training dogs during dates when training season coincides with small game or turkey season.

Bird Dog Training on WMAs

Bird dog training is allowed year-round or as specified for a specific WMA during daylight hours only. All WMAs do not allow bird dog training (see table on this page for details). Restrictions apply. Review specific WMA listing for specific details.

  • Pigeons and pen-raised quail may be used for the training of pointing, flushing and retrieving dogs in designated areas only.
  • Dog trainer must maintain proof of purchase for pen-raised quail used in training.
  • Shotguns may be used to harvest released birds during training with No. 6 or smaller shot only.
  • Some WMAs allow furbearer and rabbit dog training. See table.
  • All participants must possess a valid Hunting license and WMA license.

Furbearer Dog Training on WMAs

Furbearer dog training is allowed when a WMA has an open season for small game unless specified otherwise in the specific WMA listing. Some WMAs also allow furbearer dog training Aug. 1–14 and March 1–19 (see table on this page for details).

Look for these symbols in a specific WMA listing:

B Bird dog training allowed

F Furbearer dog training allowed

R Rabbit dog training allowed


Dog Training Areas

Review specific area listing for seasons and restrictions. Furbearer training is outside of take season.








Allatoona WMA



Berry College WMA



Coosawattee WMA



Crockford-Pigeon Mtn WMA



J.L. Lester WMA



Otting WMA




Paulding Forest WMA



Sheffield WMA




Hart County WMA



Alexander WMA




Elbert County WMA




Fishing Creek WMA




Germany Creek WMA




Keg Creek WMA




Lower Broad River WMA




Mead Farm WMA




Redlands WMA




Redlands WMA – Watson’s Spring Area




Soap Creek WMA




Walton Public Dove Field WMA




Yuchi WMA




Fall Line – Sandhills WMA




Flat Creek State Park




Joe Kurz WMA




Ocmulgee WMA-
Gum Swamp Creek Tract




Sprewell Bluff NA




West Point WMA




West Point – Dixie Creek Tract




Albany Nursery WMA




Chickasawhatchee WMA




Elmodel WMA




Lake Seminole WMA




Beaverdam WMA




Horse Creek WMA



Little Satilla WMA




Penholoway Swamp WMA




Richmond Hill WMA



Rogers WMA




Sansavilla WMA




Sapelo Island WMA



Dogs are not allowed for pursuing or catching hogs on WMAs, unless specified otherwise. Review the specific listings for Altamaha, Townsend, and Pine Log WMAs for information on Dog-Feral Hog hunts.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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