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Killing of females with cub(s) or bears under 75 pounds is prohibited.

Northern Bear Zone

The Northern Bear Zone consists of Barrow, Carroll, Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Walton and all counties north.

Hunting bears with dogs or over bait is prohibited. Harvested bears must be reported to personnel of the Wildlife Resources Division, Gainesville Office (770) 535-5700 or Armuchee Office (706) 295-6041 within 24 hours of harvest. After hours, call 1-800-241-4113. At a minimum, the hide and skull must be taken to the Gainesville or Armuchee office within 3 business days of harvest for tagging. Harvested bears may also be checked at any WMA check station in the counties listed above that are open for a managed deer/bear/hog hunt between 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Central Bear Zone

Bibb, Houston, and Twiggs Counties.

Hunting bears with dogs or over bait is prohibited. Hunting bears on WMAs in the Central Zone is prohibited. Harvested bears must be checked and tagged at the Oaky Woods WMA check station between 12 noon and 9 p.m. on the day of the hunt.

Southern Bear Zone

Southern Bear Zone consists of Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Lanier, Lowndes and Ware Counties.

Hunting with dogs is allowed, except in Lanier and Lowndes Counties, where only still hunting is allowed. Hunting over bait is prohibited. Bears (minimum of hide and skull) must be checked and tagged at one of these locations: Fargo Georgia Forestry Commission Office – Noon to 9 p.m., all hunt days; Waycross DNR Office – Thursdays and Fridays 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Saturdays Noon – 9 p.m., Sept. 24-26, Oct. 8-10; Dixon Memorial WMA – Oct. 1-3, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. After hours call 1-800-241-4113, or 229-426-5267 on the following business day to report harvested bears and arrange tagging.

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