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Dogs & Dog Training

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Training On WMAs & National Forest

Dogs must be confined or kept on a leash except when hunting or training during designated seasons or on designated areas. On the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests outside of WMAs, dog training is allowed August 15 – May 31, except as provided below for bears and hogs. On WMAs, 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. 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.

Bear Dog Training On Chattahoochee National Forest (outside of WMAs)

Pursuit of bears with dogs for training purposes only:

Aug. 1-Sept. 11, Jan. 2-Mar. 19, May 1-May 21 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 (outside of WMAs)

Pursuit of hogs with dogs for training purposes only:

Aug. 1-Sept. 11, Jan. 2-Mar. 19, May 1-May 21 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. Bird dog training is not allowed on every WMA. 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

Dog Training Areas

Review specific area listing for seasons and restrictions. Furbearer training is outside of take season.







Berry College WMA


Coosawattee-Carter’s Lake WMA


Coosawattee WMA


Crockford-Pigeon Mtn WMA


J.L. Lester WMA


Otting WMA


Paulding Forest WMA


Pine Log WMA


Sheffield WMA


Hart County WMA


Alexander WMA


Elbert County WMA


Fishing Creek WMA


Germany Creek WMA


Keg Creek WMA


Lower Broad River WMA


Mead Farm WMA


Redlands WMA


Redlands WMA-Watson’s Spring Area


Soap Creek WMA


Walton Public Dove Field WMA


Yuchi WMA


Fall Line – Sandhills WMA


Flat Creek State Park


Joe Kurz WMA


Ocmulgee WMA-
Gum Swamp Creek Tract


Sprewell Bluff WMA


West Point WMA


West Point – Dixie Creek Tract


Chickasawhatchee WMA


Elmodel WMA


Lake Seminole WMA


Beaverdam WMA


Horse Creek WMA


Little Satilla WMA


Penholoway Swamp WMA


Richmond Hill WMA


Rogers WMA


Sansavilla WMA


Sapelo Island WMA

Dogs are not allowed for pursuing or catching hogs on WMAs, unless specified otherwise. Review the specific WMA listings and Specialty Hunts on WMA & Federal Areas for information on Dog-Feral Hog hunts.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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