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