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Legend

s Sign-in
c Check-in
C Youth Hunt (see Youth Hunts)
Q Quota Hunt (see Quota Hunts)
a Archery Only Area
HC Specialty Hunt (see Specialty Hunts)
l Hunt & Learn (see Youth Hunting Opportunities)
Q Quality Buck
W Wheelchair Hunt (see Specialty Hunts)
B Bird Dog Training
F Furbearer Dog Training
R Rabbit Dog Training
A Archery Range (see Shooting Ranges)
S Firearms Shooting Range (see Shooting Ranges)

 

Blackbeard Island NWR

843.784.2468

Deer archery

Either Sex: Oct. 11-13 c | Nov. 29-Dec. 1 c

SPECIAL REGS

All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at www.savannahcoastalpermits.com. No alligator hunting. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/blackbeard_island for more information.

Bond Swamp NWR

C Q

478.986.5441

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Nov. 4

Firearms

  • C Q50 Youth Hunt/Either Sex: Nov. 10-11
  • Q100 Either Sex: Nov. 16-17, Nov. 30 – Dec. 1

Turkey

Q25 Mar. 23-24, Apr. 5-6

Small Game

Squirrel/Rabbit/Quail Only: Dec.  2
-Jan. 31

Waterfowl

Q20 Dec. 8-9, Dec. 21-22, Jan. 4-5, Jan. 18-19. Shooting hours until 12 noon s.

SPECIAL REGS

Quota deer and waterfowl application deadline is September 26, 2018. Quota turkey application deadline is February 20, 2019. Contact the Piedmont Refuge office to obtain applications, permits and refuge specific hunting regulations. Hunters are required to sign out harvested game at refuge check stations and refuge permits are required for all hunts. Feral hogs may be taken during big game and small game hunts with applicable weapons restrictions. Visit www.fws.gov/bondswamp for more information.

Chattahoochee National Forest (outside of WMAs)

770.297.3000

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 12
  • During Firearms Deer season, archers must follow Firearms either sex dates on the National Forest.

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 13-19

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 20-Dec. 26 (except during the either-sex days listed below)
  • Lands East of I-75/Either Sex: Oct. 27, Nov. 24
  • Lands West of I-75/Either Sex: Same as county either sex days through Dec. 26

Bear

  • Hunting bears with dogs is prohibited in the Northern and Central Bear Zones including Chattahoochee National Forest.

Archery

  • Sept. 8-Oct. 12

Primitive

  • Oct. 13-19

Firearms

  • Oct. 20-Dec. 26

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Special Small Game Note

The use of centerfire firearms at night is prohibited.

Feral Hog

Baiting is prohibited. No night hunting. Hogs may be taken with archery equipment during archery deer season, with deer weapons during firearms deer season, with turkey weapons during turkey season and with small game weapons during small game dates. 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.

SPECIAL REGS

No dog training June 1-Aug. 14, except as provided below. Pursuit of bears or feral hogs with dogs for training purposes may occur only Aug. 1-Sept. 6, Jan. 2-Mar. 19, May 1-May 23 during legal daylight hours; other requirements apply (see pg. 69). Coyotes may be hunted during open seasons with weapons restrictions for game species in season; no night hunting; electronic calls may be used. Prohibited: Transportation of any loaded weapon in a motor vehicle. Possession of alcohol when hunting. Placing, leaving, or depositing any food, bait, or garbage in a manner likely to attract or concentrate any wildlife, whether for purposes of hunting or viewing animals. Failure to properly store food or garbage so as to prevent access by wildlife.

NOTE: Be aware of hikers and campers.

Cumberland Island NS

C Q

912.882.4336 x258

Deer

Archery

  • Q125 Either Sex: Oct. 15-17 c

Primitive

  • Q100 Either Sex: Nov. 12-14 c | Dec. 3-5 c. Legal handguns may be used.

Firearms

  • C Q50 Youth Hunt/Either Sex: Oct. 27-28 c. Child must be 12-16 years of age. All children under 16 must be directly supervised at all times.

FERAL HOG

  • Jan. 7-9 | Jan. 28-30

SPECIAL REGS

Registration opens July 1st at www.pay.gov. Hunting fee is $35. No standby hunters; no non-hunters. Cumberland Island Ferry will be available for access to and from the island for a fee. Mandatory check-in starts 8:00 am EST one day prior to hunt at Plum Orchard camp or Brickhill Campground. Children must be 10-17 for Youth Hunt; under age 16 must be accompanied by and be under direct adult supervision at all times during the hunt. All National Park Service regulations also apply to hunting areas. On primitive weapons hunts, modern centerfire handguns that meet state regulations may be used. Buckshot prohibited. Bag Limit: 1 antlered buck & one antlerless deer per hunter. No limit on feral hogs. Visit http://www. nps.gov/cuis/ for detailed information.

Eufaula NWR

Q a C

334.687.4065

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Jan. 13
  • Lands between Bustahatchee and Rood Creeks/Either Sex: Nov. 1-Jan. 13

Firearms

  • Q10 Either Sex: Oct. 6 c | Oct. 20 c

Waterfowl

  • Q16 Ducks & Geese Only; Wednesdays during statewide season c. Shell limit is 25.
  • C Youth Hunt: Check with refuge office for specific dates. Shell limit is 25.

SPECIAL REGS

Closed to alligator hunting. Portions of Chattahoochee River and Walter F. George Reservoir within the Eufaula NWR boundaries are closed to waterfowl hunting. Apply July 9-Aug. 15 for youth deer hunts; Aug. 1-Sept. 15 for waterfowl hunts. User fees must be prepaid ($20 per hunter). Eligible ages for all youth hunts (deer and waterfowl) are 10-15 years. A waterfowl permit holder is allowed to bring up to two guests (no more than 3 individuals/blind).

Fort Gordon

Q a

706.791.2397

DEER, TURKEY & SMALL GAME

Q350 https://ftgordon.isportsman.net

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 12 c
  • Q350 a Archery Only Area/Either Sex: Sept. 8-Jan. 13 c

Primitive

  • Q350 Either Sex: Oct. 13-19 c

Firearms

  • Q350 Buck Only: Oct. 20-Jan. 13 c
  • Q350 Either Sex: Dec. 26-30

Turkey

Q350 Mar. 23-May 15 c

Small Game

Q350 Aug. 15-Feb. 28 c

SPECIAL REGS

Hunting and fishing permits are offered to the general public through ftgordon.isportsman.net . Lottery winners can purchase any outdoor recreation permit, valid for one year from date of purchase or no later than Aug. 1 of the year following the drawing. Application period begins July 1 and ends July 15 each year. All hunters, regardless of age, must possess a Hunter Education Certificate. For more information go to https://ftgordon.isportsman.net.

Fort Stewart &
Hunter Army Airfield

Q

912.767.4354

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 12 c

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 13-19 c.

Firearms

  • Buck only: Oct. 20-21 c
  • Either Sex: Nov. 3-4 c | Nov. 22-25 c | Dec. 27-31 c
  • Shotgun Only Areas: Either Sex: Oct. 13-Jan. 13 c

Deer Season Bag Limit is 5 total deer, not more than 2 may be antlered, and not more than 3 may be antlerless (bonus tags for 2). One of antlered bucks must have at least four (4) points on one side of antlers (one inch or longer). In the Quality Deer Management Area (QDMA), both antlered bucks must have at least four (4) points (one inch or longer) on one side of the antlers.

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15 c

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28 c

Dove

Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-31, Nov. 22 – Jan. 15

waterfowl

Q Statewide season. No hunting past 12 noon c.

SPECIAL REGS

Interested hunter must visit www. stewart.army.mil/dpw/wildlife/default.htm. Mandatory phone check-in.

All hunting subject to post regulations and access for hunting is not guaranteed.

Harris Neck NWR

843.784.2468

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 13-15 c

Firearms

  • Either Sex: Nov. 16 c. Shotguns 20 gauge and larger with slugs only.

SPECIAL REGS

All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at www.savannahcoastalpermits.com. Visit www. fws.gov/refuge/harris_neck for more information.

Hartwell Lake/
Richard B. Russell Lake/
J. Strom Thurmond Lake (Clarks Hill) (USACE)

C Q

SPECIAL REGS

Hunting opportunity may vary by area so please contact the appropriate COE office as provided herein. Contact the Corps resource manager’s office at the appropriate lake project for hunting areas: Hartwell 1-888-893-0678; J. Strom Thurmond/Clarks Hill 1-800-533-3478; Richard B. Russell 1-800-944-7207. Contact the resource manager’s office for feral hog hunting opportunities and restrictions outside of the firearms deer season.

HITCHITI EXPERIMENTAL FOREST

478.986.5441

Dates and regulations are the same as Piedmont NWR

SPECIAL REGS

The Hitchiti Experimental Forest is open for hunting only during Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge hunting seasons with a valid Piedmont Refuge hunting permit and in accordance with refuge specific regulations.

Lake Seminole/W.F. George Lake/G.W. Andrews Lake/West Point Lake/Allatoona Lake/Carters Lake (USACE)

SPECIAL REGS

Hunting opportunity may vary by area so please contact the appropriate COE office as provided herein. Some COE properties require a special permit for species-specific hunting; please call or check online well before the season opens as some permits can only be obtained onsite or by US mail. Contact the Corps resource manager’s office at the appropriate lake project for hunting areas: Allatoona 678-721-6700; Sidney Lanier 770-945-9531; Walter F. George 229-768-2516; Seminole 229-662-2001; Carter’s 706-334- 2640; West Point 706-645-2937 OR visit the website http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil- Works/Recreation/Hunting.aspx.

Lake Sidney Lanier – Buford Dam (USACE)

Q a

770.945.9531

Deer archery

Q Either Sex: Nov. 13-15

SPECIAL REGS

All facilities will be closed to the general public during the hunts. Limit: 2, only one of which may be antlered. Hunters must apply by letter no later than October 10, 4:30 PM. Hunters must attend a pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 P.M. the evening before the hunt. Visit http://go.usa.gov/SE85 for more information.

Lake Sidney Lanier – Islands (USACE)

Q a

Deer archery

Q Either Sex: Nov. 8-11, Nov. 22-25, Dec. 6-9

SPECIAL REGS

Limit: One deer per day. Hunters must record harvest through Georgia Game Check. State bag limits and harvest restrictions apply. Hunters must apply by letter no later than October 10, 4:30 PM. Visit http://go.usa.gov/SE85 for more information.

Oconee National Forest

706.485.1776

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 12
  • During Firearms Deer season, archers must follow Firearms either sex dates on the National Forest. May use muzzleloaders during firearms season but is restricted to buck only.

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 13-19

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 20-Nov. 2, Nov. 5-23, Nov. 26-Dec. 2, Dec. 31 – Jan. 13
  • Either Sex: Nov. 3-4, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 26-30

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

DOVE

Sept. 1-16, Oct. 13-31, Nov. 22-Jan. 15

SPECIAL REGS

No dog training June 1 – August 1. Pursuit of bears with dogs is prohibited. Pursuit of hogs with dogs for training purposes only: August 1 – September 6, 2018; January 14 – March 19, 2019; May 1 – 23, 2019. Hogs may be taken only during daylight hours consistent with regulations above and dogs are not allowed. Hogs and coyotes may be taken during deer, turkey and small game hunts; weapons are restricted to legal firearms and archery equipment for the game species specified for a particular hunt; electronic calls may be used; night hunting is prohibited. Placing, leaving, or depositing any food, bait or refuse in a manner likely to attract or concentrate any wildlife, whether for purposes of hunting or viewing animals, is prohibited. It is also prohibited to fail to properly store food or refuse to prevent access by wildlife. Transportation of a loaded long gun or cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle is prohibited. The possession of alcohol while hunting is prohibited. No ATVs.

Okefenokee – Cowhouse Unit

912.496.7836

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 2 s, Oct. 7-10 s, 14-19 s

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 3-6 c | Oct. 11-13 s

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 20-21 s | Oct. 27-30 s
  • Either Sex: Nov. 8-10 c, Nov. 21-25 s

Turkey

Mar. 23-May 15 s

Small Game

Quail/Rabbit/Squirrel Only: Aug. 15-Oct. 2, Oct. 22-26, Oct. 31 – Nov. 7, Nov. 11-16, Nov. 18-20, Nov. 26-Dec. 7, Dec. 9-Feb. 28

SPECIAL REGS

Bears and alligators may not be taken. Foot travel only on ONWR portion of Cowhouse Island. No dogs allowed except pointing dogs for hunting quail. Sign-In & Check-In at Dixon Memorial WMA. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee for more information.

Okefenokee – Pocket Unit

a

912.496.7836

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-Oct. 12 s. Sign-In/Sign-Out required.

SPECIAL REGS

Bears and alligators may not be taken. Foot travel only off paved road. No dogs allowed. Visit www. fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee for more information.

Okefenokee NWR – SUWANNEE Canal Unit

Q W

912.496.7836

Deer

Firearms

  • Q30 Either Sex: Oct. 26-27 c
  • Q10 W Wheelchair & Youth Hunters Only/Either Sex: Oct. 26-27 c

SPECIAL REGS

Quota applications accepted Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 at http://www.fws.gov/forms/32354.pdf. Youth hunters are those 16 and under and supervised by an adult 21 or older. Hunter Education is required for youth hunters. Shooting hours close at noon; shotguns with slugs or muzzleloaders only; hunters will be charged a $15.00 permit fee; check-out required; hunters are not required to tag deer prior to check out; special bonus tag provided for two harvested deer; hunt area zoned; Chesser Island zone is for wheelchair and/or youth hunters only. No dogs allowed. Feral hogs may be taken: no limit. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee for more information.

Piedmont NWR

Q W

478.986.5441

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 8-30

Primitive

  • Q1250 Either Sex: Oct. 25-27

Firearms

  • W Wheelchair Hunters Only/Either Sex: Oct. 12-13 c
  • Q1250 General Hunt/Either Sex: Nov. 1-3, Nov. 8-10

Turkey

Q300 Mar. 26-30, Apr. 9-13, Apr. 23-27

Small Game

  • Squirrel: Aug. 15-Sept. 7, Oct. 1-11, Oct. 14-24, Oct. 28-31, Nov. 4-7, Nov. 11-Feb. 28
  • Rabbit/Quail: Nov. 17-Feb. 28
  • Raccoon & Opossum: Jan 4-5,
    Jan. 11-12, Jan. 18-19, Jan. 25-26

SPECIAL REGS

Refuge permits are required for all hunts. Applications for quota deer hunts must be received by Aug. 29, 2018. Quota turkey hunts applications must be received by Feb. 27, 2019. The Hitchiti Experimental Forest is open for hunting only during Piedmont refuge hunting seasons with a valid Piedmont Refuge hunting permit. Wheelchair deer hunt requires a special refuge permit and hunters must apply by Oct. 1; hunters and volunteers must check in with refuge staff starting at noon day prior to hunt. Hunters must check in and out each day of hunt and scout day. Contact the refuge office to obtain applications, permits and refuge specific hunting regulations (478-986-5441) or email piedmont@fws.gov.

Savannah NWR

843.784.2468

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Oct. 1-31. (Youth only in designated areas)

Firearms

  • Either Sex: Nov. 1-30 c
  • W Wheelchair Hunters Only/Either Sex: Nov. 6-7. Apply by Sept. 15.

Turkey

l Hunt & Learn: Mar. 29-31 c

C Youth Hunt: Apr. 1-5 c

General Hunt: Apr. 6-27

Small Game

Squirrel: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

Rabbit: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Waterfowl

  • C Youth Waterfowl Hunts: Nov. 17 c, Dec. 15 c, Jan. 12 c. Apply by Aug. 31.
  • General Hunt: Statewide Season. Youth only hunting in designated areas, Saturday only, during general hunt.

SPECIAL REGS

No alligator hunting. All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at www.savannahcoastalpermits.com. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah for more information.

Wassaw Island NWR

843.784.2468

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Oct. 18-20 c

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 18-20 c

Firearms

  • Dec. 6-8 c

SPECIAL REGS

No alligator hunting. All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at www.savannahcoastalpermits.com. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/wassaw for more information.