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Region 1 – Georgia Public Hunting Opportunities

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This section of the 2012–2013 Hunting Seasons and Regulations provides information related to all lands managed for hunting by Wildlife Resources Division.

The information is presented by Game Management regions. Each listing provides the specific information applicable to that WMA/PFA/State Park. However, if you require additional information, a contact number is provided with each listing.

Please review the legend below. Each listing will have a list of applicable symbols located in its header as a quick reference. It is strongly recommended that you review the WMA Q & A information.

Maps for each area are available for print/download at www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

Legend

Sign-in

Check-in

C Adult-Child Hunt (see WMA Specialty Hunts)

q Quota Hunt (see General Quota Hunt Information) Example: q200 denotes a Quota Hunt for 200 parties

a Archery Only Area

L Ladies Hunt (see WMA Specialty Hunts)

H Honorary License Hunt (see WMA Specialty Hunts)

Q Quality Buck

W Wheelchair Hunt (see WMA Specialty Hunts)

G GORP Property (all or portions of the area require GORP—see General Hunting Information)

P Feral Hog Hunt (see WMA Specialty Hunts)

O Coyote Hunt (see WMA Specialty Hunts)

B Bird Dog Training

F Furbearer Dog Training

R Rabbit Dog Training

A Archery Range (see WMA Shooting Ranges)

S Firearms Shooting Range (see WMA Shooting Ranges)

 

101 C H L B R

Allatoona WMA

6,818 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 18

Firearms

  • C H L Adult-Child, Honorary License Holders & Ladies: Oct. 20-21
  • General Hunt/Either Sex: Oct. 22-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 18

Firearms

  • C H L Adult-Child, Honorary License Holders & Ladies: Oct. 20-21
  • General Hunt: Oct. 22-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Dec. 3-25, Jan. 2-Feb. 28
  • Dog Training Area: Aug. 1-Oct. 19, Dec. 3-25, Jan. 2-Mar. 19. See Dogs & Dog Training.

Dove

Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-19, Nov. 22-Jan. 5

Waterfowl

State season except closed Oct. 20-21.

Special Regs

No firearms allowed in U.S. Corps of Engineers developed campsites. Horse and bicycle facilities are closed all day Oct. 20-21 and before 10:00 a.m. EST during all other deer and turkey seasons. ATVs prohibited. No camping.

Directions

From Cartersville Take HWY 20 east from I-75, 5.5 miles to check station.

102 a C

Arrowhead WMA

400 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Bear

Archery

  • Dec. 22-Jan. 6

Small Game

Sept. 1-2, Oct. 20-21, Nov. 22-25, Jan. 19-21

Waterfowl

C Adult-Child (only child can hunt): Dec. 15 | Jan. 12 . Shooting hours until 12 noon.

Directions

From Rome Take U.S. HWY 27 north 9 miles to GA HWY 156; turn right (east) and go 2.3 miles to Floyd Springs Rd; turn left and go 2 miles to area.

103 C B R q

Berry College WMA

15,029 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 29 | Nov. 4-16

Firearms

  • q1000 Buck Only/Either Sex Last Two Days: Oct. 31-Nov. 3
  • q1000 Either Sex: Nov. 28-Dec. 1
  • C Adult-Child/Either Sex: Jan. 12-13 . Only child may hunt.

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 29 | Nov. 4-16

Firearms

  • q1000 Oct. 31-Nov. 3
  • q1000 Nov. 28-Dec. 1
  • C Adult-Child: Jan. 12-13 . Only child may hunt.

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • Aug. 15-Oct. 29, Nov. 4-26, Dec. 2-Jan. 10, Jan. 14-Feb. 28. No furbearer season.
  • Dog Training Area: Aug. 1-Oct. 29, Nov. 4-26, Dec. 2-Jan. 10, Jan. 14-Mar. 19. No furbearer season.

Dove

Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15, Oct. 13-21, Nov. 22-26, Dec. 2-Jan. 5

Special Regs

There is no open season for the taking of any wildlife on Berry College Refuge. Firearms and archery equipment are prohibited on refuge. Hunters may not use the main campus for gaining access. Horse, bicycle and foot trails and areas are closed all day during deer firearms season and before 10:00 a.m. during deer archery and turkey season. ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Rome Take U.S. 27 north to jct. of Old Summerville Rd.; turn left on Old Summerville Rd. and go 1.5 miles to jct. with CCC Rd. at check station.

104 S P

Cohutta WMA

96,503 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 9 | Oct. 15-19

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 11-14 | Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 9 | Oct. 15-19

Firearms

  • Oct. 11-14 | Nov. 28-Dec. 2

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 20-Nov. 26, Dec. 3-Feb. 28

Feral Hog

P See General WMA Regulations. Special Hog Hunt: Mar. 2-8; hunter orange required; no dogs allowed .

Directions

From Ellijay Take HWY 52 west 9.2 miles; turn right at Conasauga Lake sign; go 3.5 miles; turn right on USFS Road #68, go 2.0 miles to check station. From Chatsworth Take U.S. HWY 411 North to Eton; turn right at traffic light and follow Holly Creek Rd. 11.6 miles to check station. From Cisco Take GA HWY 2; go 3 miles to jct. with West Cowpen Rd.; check station at jct.

105 a W q

Coosawattee Carter’s Lake WMA

3,300 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 19 | Nov. 5-Jan. 1

Firearms

  • q40 W Wheelchair Hunters Only/Either Sex: Nov. 2-4

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 19 | Nov. 5-Jan. 1

Firearms

  • q40 W Wheelchair Hunters Only: Nov. 2-4

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 20-31, Jan. 2-Feb. 28

Waterfowl

State waterfowl season.

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited. Quota hunters must apply by letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, P.O. Box 96, Oakman, GA 30732 between Aug. 15 and Sept. 10.

Directions

From Chatsworth Go 11 miles south on old U.S. 411; turn left at Carters Lake Powerhouse sign; go 1 mile to check station. From Ellijay Take HWY 282 west to old U.S. 411; go south 3.8 miles; turn left at Carters Lake Powerhouse sign; go 1 mile to check station.

106 C B R q

Coosawattee WMA

5,936 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 17

Firearms

  • C Adult-Child/Either Sex: Oct. 19-21 . Only child may hunt.
  • q400 Either Sex: Nov. 8-10 | Dec. 13-15

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 17

Firearms

  • C Adult-Child: Oct. 19-21 . Only child may hunt.
  • q400 Nov. 8-10 | Dec. 13-15

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 22-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 11, Dec. 16-Feb. 28
  • Dog Training Area: Aug. 1-Oct. 17, Oct. 22-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 11, Dec. 16-Mar. 19. See Dogs & Dog Training.

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Chatsworth Hunters must Sign-In/Check-In and Sign-Out/Check-Out harvested big game at the Coosawattee Carter’s Lake Archery Area check station.

107 C H L O G B R

Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA

19,951 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 18 | Oct. 22-Nov. 6 | Nov. 11-16

Firearms

  • C H L Adult-Child, Honorary License Holders & Ladies/Either Sex: Oct. 20-21
  • Buck Only Either Sex Deer Last Day: Nov. 8-10; Dec. 5-8

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 18 | Oct. 22-Nov. 6 | Nov. 11-16

Firearms

  • C H L Adult-Child, Honorary License Holders & Ladies: Oct. 20-21
  • General Hunt: Nov. 8-10 | Dec. 5-8

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • Aug. 15-Oct. 18, Oct. 22-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 3, Dec. 9-Feb. 28. Limit 3 rabbits/person.
  • Dog Training Area: Aug. 1-Oct. 18, Oct. 22-Nov. 6, Nov. 11-Dec. 3, Dec. 9-Mar. 19. See Dogs & Dog Training.
  • O Coyote: Mar. 1-21 . Small game weapons only.

Dove

Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15,Oct. 13-18, Nov. 22-Dec. 3, Dec. 9-Jan. 5

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited. Horse, bicycle, caving, hiking, rock climbing, parasailing and hang-gliding trails and areas are closed all day during firearms deer seasons. Additionally, horse and bicycle trails and areas are closed before 10:00 a.m. during archery deer and turkey season. Firearms restrictions apply to certain portions of WMA. Consult WMA map for specific locations.

Directions

From Lafayette Take HWY 193 west 2.7 miles to Chamberlain Rd.; turn left and go 3 miles to Rocky Lane Rd.; turn right and go 0.3 mile to check station.

108 A C O G B R q

J.L. Lester WMA

477 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Nov. 18-24 | Dec. 24-Jan. 3

Firearms

  • q20 C Adult-Child/Either Sex: Oct. 6-7 | Jan. 12-13

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • q5 Rabbit Hunts: Jan. 5, Feb. 24; Limit 3 rabbits/person and 9 rabbits/party.
  • q4 Quail Hunts: Jan. 6, Feb. 23; Limit 6 quail/person and 18 quail/party.
  • Dog Training Area: Aug. 1-Oct. 4, Oct. 8-Nov. 16, Nov. 25-Dec. 22, Jan. 4-10, Jan. 14-Feb. 22, Feb. 25-28 except during scheduled field trials. Field trial schedule is posted at check station or call (706) 295-6041.
  • O Coyote: Mar. 4-21 . Small game weapons only.

Dove

C Adult-Child: Sept. 1, Sept. 8, Sept. 15

Waterfowl

State season except during field trials and deer hunts.

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Cedartown South of Cedartown at jct. of Bus. U.S. 27 and U.S. 27, go north ¼ mile on U.S. 27 to Cason Rd.; turn right and go 4.3 miles to check station.

109 S C H L q

John’s Mountain WMA

24,849 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 19

Firearms

  • C H L Adult-Child, Honorary License Holders & Ladies/Either Sex: Oct. 26-28
  • Buck Only/Either Sex Last Two Days: Nov. 20-24

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 19

Firearms

  • C H L Adult-Child, Honorary License Holders & Ladies: Oct. 26-28
  • General Hunt: Nov. 20-24

Turkey

  • q75 Mar. 23-29 | Mar. 30-Apr. 5
  • General Hunt: Apr. 6-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 20-24, Oct. 29-Nov. 18, Nov. 25-Feb. 28

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Calhoun Take HWY 136C north 6 miles to Sugar Valley; turn left and go 6 miles to Lake Marvin; check station is at The Pocket.

110 a G

McGraw Ford WMA

2,255 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Dec. 3-25, Jan. 2-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-21, Nov. 22-Jan. 5

Waterfowl

Statewide waterfowl season.

Special Regs

Horse and bicycle trails and areas are closed before 10:00 a.m. during deer, bear, and turkey seasons. ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Ballground From jct. of Bus. HWY 5 and HWY 372 travel 2.1 miles east to Sign-In on right across from intersection with Conns Creek Rd.

111 a F

Otting Tract WMA

700 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 23-Jan. 1

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 23-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

F Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Dec. 3-22, Jan. 2-Feb. 28. See  General WMA Regulations.

Directions

From Cloudland Take HWY 157 north 2.1 miles. The property is north of HWY 157.

112 C O B R

Paulding Forest WMA

25,707 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 10 ; Oct. 15-19

Firearms

  • C Adult-Child/Either Sex: Oct. 12-14 . Only child may hunt.
  • Buck Only/Either Sex Last Two Days: Nov. 15-18

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 15-Nov. 13, Nov. 19-Feb. 28
  • Dog Training Area: Aug. 1-Oct. 10, Oct. 20-Nov. 13, Nov. 19-Mar. 19. See Dogs & Dog Training.
  • O Coyote: Mar. 1-21 . Small game weapons only.

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited. Horse & bicycle trails and areas, except Silver Comet Trail, are closed all day during firearms deer hunts and before 10:00 a.m. during archery deer and turkey hunts. Coyote hunting is prohibited in bird dog training area.

Directions

At jct. of U.S. 278 and HWY 61, take U.S. 278 west 7 miles to check station.

113 O P q

Pine Log WMA

14,134 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 19

Firearms

  • q750 Buck Only/Either Sex Deer Last Day: Nov. 14-17
  • Buck Only: Dec. 12-15

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 19

Firearms

  • q750 Nov. 14-17
  • General Hunt: Dec. 12-15

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

  • Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 20-Nov. 12, Nov. 18-Dec. 10, Dec. 16-Jan. 9, Jan. 14-Feb. 7, Feb. 11-28. No furbearer season.
  • O Coyote: Mar. 1-21 . Small game weapons only.

Dove

Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-21, Nov. 22-Dec. 11, Dec. 16-Jan. 5

Feral Hog

See General WMA Regulations.

  • P Special Hog Hunts: Aug. 10-12 | Jan. 11-13 . Hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange as an outer garment above the waist. No dogs allowed.
  • P q5 Special Hog Hunt (with dogs): Feb. 9-10 ; Quota 5 parties.

Special Regs

Horse and bicycle trails and areas are closed all day during deer firearms season and before 10:00 a.m. during deer archery and turkey season. ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Cartersville Take U.S. 411 north to White; turn right on Stamp Creek Rd.; go 3.6 miles; check station on left.

114 q

Red Top Mountain State Park

1,776 acres • 770.975.0055

Deer

Firearms

  • q40 Either Sex: Nov. 27-28 . Two deer limit. Feral hogs & coyotes may be taken; no limit.

Special Regs

Hunters must attend pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 26. Hunt participants will be charged a $30 nonrefundable, nontransferable hunt fee and a $5 ParkPass will be required. Cabins and campsites may be reserved by calling the park office at (770) 975-0055. Applicable fees will apply. All other Park facilities will be closed to the general public Nov. 27-28. ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Acworth Take I-75 north to exit 285; turn right on Red Top Mountain Rd.; go 1.5 mi to park entrance.

115 P

Rich Mountain WMA

19,955 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 11 | Oct. 19

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 13-18

Firearms

  • Buck Only/Either Sex Last Two Days: Nov. 13-18

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 11 | Oct. 19

Primitive

  • Oct. 13-18

Firearms

  • Nov. 13-18

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 22-Sept. 7, Oct. 20-Nov. 11, Nov. 19-Feb. 28

Feral Hog

P See General WMA Regulations. Special Hog Hunt: Aug. 15-21 . Hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange as an outer garment above the waist. No dogs allowed.

Special Regs

ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Ellijay Take HWY 515 north 7 miles to Co. Road 151; turn right, go 4 miles to Stanley Creek check station.

116 a A G

Rich Mountain WMA – Cartecay Tract

2,142 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Dec. 3-25, Jan. 2-Feb. 28

Special Regs

Horse and bicycle trails and areas are closed before 10:00 a.m. during deer, bear, and turkey seasons. No camping. ATVs prohibited.

Directions

From Ellijay Take HWY 515 north 7 miles to Co. Road 151; turn right, go 4 miles to Stanley Creek check station.

117 a A

Rocky Mountain Recreation & PFA

3,000 acres • 706.802.5087

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Jan. 1

Turkey

Archery Only: Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Archery Only: Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Waterfowl

  • Antioch Lake: Statewide season, Mon.-Sat. during January only
  • Heath Lake (Angler Haven Dr.): Statewide season

Feral Hog

Archery Only: May be taken during deer hunts only.

Special Regs

Daily use fee (per vehicle) required for all users. Waterfowl hunters only may use firearms.

Directions

From Rome Take U.S. 27 north 10.4 miles; turn left on Sikes Storey Rd.; go 0.4 miles; turn left on Big Texas Valley Rd.; go 5.4 miles to entrance.

118 a F

Sheffield WMA

4,850 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Dec. 2 | Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

F Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Dec. 3-25, Jan. 2-Feb. 28. See Dogs & Dog Training.

Directions

From Cartersville Take HWY 61 south 13.2 miles to Braswell Mountain Rd.; turn right; go 2.4 miles to Lee Rd.; turn right and proceed 1.2 miles to area. From Dallas Take HWY 61 north 6.2 miles to Braswell Mountain Rd.; turn left; go 2.4 miles to Lee Rd.; turn right and proceed 1.2 miles to area.

119 a G

Zahnd WMA

1,400 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Jan. 1

Bear

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Jan. 2-Feb. 28

Directions

From Cloudland Take HWY 157 north 8.2 miles; turn right on Dougherty Gap Rd. and go 3.5 miles; Dougherty Gap Rd. becomes West Cove Rd.; Continue straight for 3.5 miles; Turn left on S. Cedar Lane to end of road.

 

 

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