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Deer Hunting Regulations

Hunting Regulations Icon Georgia Hunting

Archery

  • Archery Only Counties: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton (north of GA Hwy 92) Counties in accordance with statewide bag limits and other regulations.
  • Extended Archery Season: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale Counties only; in accordance with statewide bag limits and other regulations.
  • Chattahoochee-Oconee NF: During firearms deer season, archers must follow firearms either-sex dates on the National Forest.

Archery hunting is allowed during primitive weapon and firearm deer seasons. Deer of either sex may be taken, except as otherwise specified on WMAs and on the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. Archery hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange during primitive weapons and firearms deer seasons, except in Archery-Only Counties or WMAs.

Archers may not possess any firearms while hunting during archery deer season, unless the person possesses a valid Weapons Carry License in this state (pursuant to OCGA §§ 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129), subject to limitations (OCGA §§ 16-11-126 and 16-11-127).

Primitive Weapons

Statewide, excluding archery-only counties.

Scopes are legal. During the statewide primitive weapons deer season and WMA primitive weapons hunts, youth under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm.

Primitive weapons hunters may not possess any centerfire or rimfire firearm while hunting during the primitive weapons season, unless the person possesses a valid Weapons Carry License in this state (pursuant to OCGA §§ 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129), subject to the limitations (OCGA §§ 16-11-126 and 16-11-127).

Season Limit

10 antlerless deer and 2 antlered deer. One of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of 4 points, 1 inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.

County-Wide Antler Restrictions

Dooly & Macon: antlered bucks must have a minimum outside antler spread of 15 in.

Hancock, Harris, Meriwether, Montgomery Randolph, Talbot & Troup: antlered bucks must have a minimum of 4 points, 1 in. or longer, on one side of the antlers

Checking Your Deer

All deer hunters are required to have a Harvest Record for the current season. Additionally, all harvest must be reported within 72 hours through Georgia Game Check or before leaving the deer with a processor.

CELL PHONE HANDY?

If you have a cell phone, enter the harvest date and county on the Harvest Record through the GA Outdoors App, online at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com or by calling 1-800-366-2661 before moving the deer from the site of the kill.

NEW

You can now report your harvest through the GA Outdoors App when your phone has no service. Enter your harvest date and county on the Harvest Record through the App. When you get to a location with service, access the App and sync to receive your confirmation number.

NO phone? NO PROBLEM!

  • Log It—Enter the harvest date and county on your paper Harvest Record before moving the deer from the site of the kill.
  • Report It—Within 72 hours of the kill or before taking your deer to the processor, report your harvest by going online to gooutdoorsgeorgia.com or calling 1-800-366-2661.
  • Record It—Copy the confirmation number received onto your paper Harvest Record.

Antlers

Antlerless deer are those having no visible antlers above the hairline (including “button bucks”) and may only be taken during either-sex or antlerless seasons or hunts. During “buck-only” hunts or seasons, a deer must have antlers visible above the hairline to be legal for harvest.

Head of Deer

It is unlawful to remove the head of a deer until the deer is processed or surrendered to a storage facility for storage or processing.

Transporting Deer Harvested by Another Hunter

Persons transporting deer harvested by another hunter must possess, in writing, the complete name, address, telephone and hunting license number of the person who harvested the deer, and the Game Check confirmation number.

Cooler Lockers

Whole or field-dressed deer received by a cold-storage or meat processing facility must be marked with the hunter’s name , date, county of harvest and sex of deer. A list of processors is available at gohuntgeorgia.com.

Lakes, Streams and Ponds

It is unlawful to take a deer by any means while it is in a lake, stream, or pond.

Rights-of-Way/Transmission Towers

Hunting from a stand or platform attached to a transmission tower is trespassing and is prohibited. Written permission must be obtained from the landowner to hunt on power line, gas line, railroad, or other rights-of-way.

Hunting Out of State?

If you harvest a white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose or caribou in a state having a documented case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), you may bring back only the following carcass parts:

1 – boned-out meat;

2 – processed cuts of meat;

3 – clean skull plates with antlers attached (not the entire skull);

4 – clean antlers;

5 – finished taxidermy mounts; and

6 – clean upper canine teeth (aka buglers, ivories, whistlers).

To protect Georgia’s deer herd, the importation of whole carcasses or parts not listed above is prohibited from any CWD-positive state or Canadian province. For an up-to-date list of positive states and other information about CWD, please visit www.cwd-info.org.