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Big Game Hunting Seasons, Dates & Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon Georgia Hunting

Species

Season

Dates

LimitS & RESTRICTIONS

Big Game

Deer

Archery, Either Sex Statewide

Sept. 9 – Oct. 13

12 per season, Statewide.

No more than 10 may be antlerless and no more than 2 may be antlered. One of the 2 antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.

Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of GA Hwy. 92), and that portion of Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth County south of GA Hwy. 20, only shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used (no other firearms allowed). In Hancock, Harris, Meriwether, Montgomery, Randolph, Talbot and Troup Counties, only antlered bucks with at least 4 points on either side are legal. In Dooly and Macon Counties, antlered bucks must have a minimum 15-inch outside spread.

Extended Archery—Either Sex (ONLY for Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett & Rockdale Counties)

Sept. 9 – Jan. 31

Primitive Weapons

Oct. 14 – Oct. 20

Firearms*

Oct. 21 – Jan. 14

Bear

Northern Zone

Archery: Sept. 9 – Oct. 13

Primitive Weapons: Oct. 14 – Oct. 20

Firearms: Oct. 21 – Jan. 14

Two per season, provided, however, no more than one of these may be taken from the Southern or Central Zones. Harvested bears must be reported and tagged. Please see page 30.

Central Zone

Firearms: Jan. 13

Southern Zone

Firearms: Sept. 21-23, Sept. 28 – 30, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14

Special Opportunity Season (Turkey)

Statewide

Mar. 17-18, 2018

Only for youth 16 years of age and younger and mobility impaired persons (i.e. confined to wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia, or single-leg amputation above the knee). Such hunters must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) who may call but may not hunt. This season does not apply to public lands unless otherwise specified.

Turkey

Statewide

Mar. 24 – May 15, 2018

3 Gobblers per season , including Special Opportunity season.