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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 AND HOG DOG Training On Chattahoochee National Forest (outside of WMAs)

Pursuit of bears and hogs with dogs for training purposes only:

Aug. 1 – Sept. 10, Jan. 2-Mar. 19, May 1-May 26 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.

Bird Dog Training on WMAs

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

Some WMAs allow extended dates for furbearer dog training from Aug. 1 to March 19 (see table below and individual WMA listings for details). Furbearer dog training is also allowed during furbearer season dates that coincide with WMA seasons for small game, unless specified otherwise in the specific WMA listing.

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.





Alexander WMA

Beaverdam WMA

Berry College WMA

Chickasawhatchee WMA

Coosawattee WMA

Coosawattee-Carter’s Lake WMA

Crockford-Pigeon Mtn WMA

Elbert County WMA

Elmodel WMA

Fall Line – Sandhills WMA

Fishing Creek WMA

Flat Creek PFA

Germany Creek WMA

Hart County WMA

Horse Creek WMA

J.L. Lester WMA

Joe Kurz WMA

Keg Creek WMA

Lake Seminole WMA

Little Satilla WMA

Lower Broad River WMA

Mead Farm WMA

Ocmulgee WMA­—Gum Swamp Creek Tract

Otting WMA

Paulding Forest WMA

Penholoway Swamp WMA

Pine Log WMA

Redlands WMA

Redlands WMA-Watson’s Spring Area

Richmond Hill WMA

Rogers WMA

Sansavilla WMA

Sapelo Island WMA

Sheffield WMA

Soap Creek WMA

Sprewell Bluff WMA

Walton Public Dove Field WMA

West Point WMA

West Point – Dixie Creek Tract

Yuchi 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.

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