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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

SPECIAL REGS

All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at savannahcoastal.recaccess.com. No alligator hunting. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/blackbeard_island for seasons, dates and more information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season; no coyote hunting.

Bond Swamp NWR

C Q

478.986.5441

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14 – Nov. 10

Firearms

  • C Q50 Youth Hunt/Either Sex: Nov. 16-17 s
  • Q200 Either Sex: Nov. 22-23, Dec. 6-7

Turkey

Q40 Mar. 21-22, Apr. 3-4

*Bag limit 1 on hunts.

Small Game

  • Rabbit/Quail: Dec. 8-31
  • Squirrel: Dec. 8-31

Waterfowl

Q20 Dec. 14-15, Dec. 27-28, Jan. 10-11, Jan. 24-25.

SPECIAL REGS

Refuge permits are required for all hunts. Quota deer and waterfowl application deadline is Sept. 25, 2019. Quota turkey application deadline is Feb. 19, 2020. Sign in required for youth deer hunt. 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. Feral hogs may only be taken during refuge big game and small game hunts with applicable weapons restrictions. Baiting is prohibited. For more information call (478) 986-5441 or email piedmont@fws.gov. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season, no coyote hunting.

Chattahoochee National Forest (outside of WMAs)

770.297.3000

Deer – East of I-75

Archery

  • Buck Only: Sept. 14-Oct. 11

Primitive

  • Buck Only: Oct. 12-18

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 19-Dec. 26

DEER – West of I-75

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14-Oct. 11

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 12-18

Firearms

  • Buck Only (except during county either-sex days through Dec. 26): Oct. 19-Dec. 26

Bear

  • Hunting bears with dogs is prohibited on the Chattahoochee National Forest on lands outside of designated WMAs.

Archery

  • Sept. 14-Oct. 11

Primitive

  • Oct. 12-18

Firearms

  • Oct. 19-Dec. 26

Turkey

Mar. 21-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 29

Special Small Game Note

The use of centerfire firearms at night is prohibited.

DOG TRAINING

Aug. 1-Sept. 12, Jan. 2-Mar. 19, May 1-21

*No dog training Jun. 1-Aug. 14, except as provided above for bear and feral hog during daylight hours only. Other requirements apply, see pg. 71.

SPECIAL REGS

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. 14-16 c

Primitive

  • Q100 Either Sex: Nov. 11-13 c | Dec. 2-4 c

Firearms

  • C Q50 Youth Hunt/Either Sex: Dec. 21-22 c

FERAL HOG

  • Q100 Firearms Hog Only: Jan. 6-8, Jan. 27-29 c

SPECIAL REGS

Registration opens July 1st at www.pay.gov. Hunting fee is $35. No standby hunters. No non-hunters. Cumberland Island Ferry is available for access to and from the island for a fee. Mandatory check-in starts at 9:00 am EST one day prior to hunt at Plum Orchard Camp and Brickhill Campground. Children must be 12-17 for youth hunts, under age 16 must be accompanied by and under direct supervision of an adult at all times during the hunt. All NPS regulations apply to hunting areas. On primitive weapons hunts, modern centerfire handguns that meet state regulations may be used. Buckshot prohibited. Visit www.nps.gov/cuis for detailed information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Eufaula NWR

Q C

334.687.4065

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 16 – Jan. 12, except Bradley Unit which opens Nov. 1

Firearms

  • C Youth/Either Sex: Oct. 12-19 c

SPECIAL REGS

Closed to alligator hunting. Apply Aug. 1-Sept. 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). No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Fort Gordon

Q

706.791.2397

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. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Fort Stewart &
Hunter Army Airfield

Q

912.767.4354

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14-Oct. 11

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 12-18

Firearms

  • Buck only: Oct. 20-25, Oct. 27-Nov. 27, Dec. 2-26, Jan. 1-12
  • Either Sex: Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 28-Dec. 1, Dec. 27-31

*Additional permits and restrictions apply, visit https://ftstewart.isportsman.net for details.

Turkey

Mar. 21-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 29

SPECIAL REGS

All hunters must set up an account and acquire a permit at https://ftstewart.isportsman.net. Mandatory check in. All hunting is subject to post regulations and access for hunting is not guaranteed. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Harris Neck NWR

843.784.2468

SPECIAL REGS

All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at savannahcoastal.recaccess.com. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/harris_neck for seasons, dates and more information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season; no coyote hunting.

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

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. No dog training. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season, no coyote hunting.

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

770.945.9531

 

Deer

Archery

  • Nov 19-21, 2019 with pre hunt safety meeting Nov 18 at 7:00 pm

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. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Lake Sidney Lanier – Islands (USACE)

Q

Deer

Archery

  • Nov 14-17, Nov 28-Dec 1, and Dec 12-15, 2019

*Limit of one deer per day which counts against state bag limit. Hunters must record harvest through Georgia Game Check.

SPECIAL REGS

Hunters must apply by letter no later than October 10, 4:30 PM. Visit http://go.usa.gov/SE85 for more information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Oconee National Forest

706.485.1776

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14 – Oct. 11

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 12-18

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 19-Nov. 1, Nov. 4-29, Dec. 2-8, Dec. 26-27, Dec. 30-Jan. 12
  • Either Sex: Nov. 2-3, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, Dec. 28-29

Turkey

Mar. 21-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 29

SPECIAL REGS

No dog training Mar. 20 – Jul. 31. Pursuit of bears with dogs is prohibited. Hogs may be taken only during daylight hours during deer and small game hunts with applicable weapons. Pursuit of hogs with dogs for training purposes only Aug. 1 – Sept. 12, Jan. 2 – Mar. 19. 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 as indicated heretofore; electronic calls may be used; night hunting is prohibited. 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, is prohibited. It is also prohibited to fail to properly store food or garbage to prevent access by wildlife. For public health and safety, the transportation of a loaded long gun or cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle is prohibited. NOTE: A firearm is considered “loaded” if a round of ammunition is in the chamber or magazine, a percussion cap is on the nipple, or powder is present in the frizzen pan. A “long gun” is a firearm with an extended barrel, usually designed to be fired braced against the shoulder. It shall include all rifles, shotguns, carbines, muzzleloaders, and/or other such weapons. For public health and safety, the possession of an alcoholic beverage as defined by state law, while hunting, is prohibited.

Okefenokee – Cowhouse Unit

912.496.7836

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14-Oct. 1, Oct. 6-9, Oct. 13-18 s

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 2-5 c | Oct. 10-12 s

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-29, Nov. 27-Dec. 1 s
  • Either Sex: Nov. 7-9 c, Nov. 27-Dec. 1 s

Turkey

Mar. 21-May 15 s

Small Game

Quail/Rabbit/Squirrel Only: Aug. 15-Oct. 1, Oct. 21-25, Oct. 30-Nov. 6, Nov. 10-22, Nov. 24-26, Dec. 2-6, Dec. 8-Feb. 29

SPECIAL REGS

Bears and alligators may not be taken. 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. Feral hogs may be taken May 16-31, no dogs allowed. No coyote hunting.

Okefenokee – Pocket Unit

912.496.7836

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14-Nov. 10 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. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season, no coyote hunting.

Okefenokee NWR – SUWANNEE Canal Unit

Q W

912.496.7836

Deer

Firearms

  • Q30 Either Sex: Oct. 25-26 c
  • Q10 W Mobility-Impaired & Youth Hunters Only/Either Sex: Oct. 25-26 c

SPECIAL REGS

Quota applications accepted Aug. 15 – Sept. 15 at https://bit.ly/2KK6NOS. Youth hunters are those under age 16 and supervised by an adult 21 or older. Shooting hours close at noon; shotguns 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 NWR tags provided for two harvested deer; hunt area zoned; Chesser Island zone is for mobility-impaired and/or youth hunters only. No dogs allowed. Feral hogs may be taken: no limit. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/okefenokee for more information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season, no coyote hunting.

Piedmont NWR

C Q W

478.986.5441

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 14-Oct. 6

Primitive

  • Q1250 Either Sex: Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Firearms

  • W Q25 Mobility-Impaired Hunters Only/Either Sex: Oct. 18-19 s
  • C Q50 Youth Hunt/Either Sex: Oct. 18-19 s *See Special Regs
  • Q1250 General Hunt/Either Sex: Nov. 7-9, Nov. 14-16

Turkey

Q300 Mar. 31-Apr. 4, Apr. 14-18, Apr. 28-May 2

*Bag limit 1 on hunts.

Small Game

  • Squirrel: Aug. 15-Sept. 13, Oct. 7-17, Oct. 20-30, Nov. 3-6, Nov. 10-13, Nov. 17-Feb. 29
  • Rabbit: Nov. 17-Feb. 29
  • Quail: Nov. 29-30, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 27-28, Jan. 10-11, Jan. 24-25
  • Raccoon & Opossum: Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21, Dec. 27-28, Jan. 3-4, Jan. 10-11, Jan. 17-18, Jan. 24-25

SPECIAL REGS

Refuge permits are required for all hunts. Applications for quota deer hunts must be received by Aug. 29, 2019. Proposed youth deer hunt dependent upon final approval in Federal Register. Quota turkey hunts applications must be received by Feb. 26, 2020. Permit fee required for all quota hunts. The Hitchiti Experimental Forest is open for hunting only during refuge hunting seasons with a valid Piedmont Refuge hunting permit and in accordance with refuge regulations. Baiting is prohibited. The mobility-impaired hunt is for wheelchair bound hunters only. Mobility-impaired/youth deer hunt requires a special refuge permit and hunters must apply by Sept. 10 and sign-in required on day of hunt. Hogs may be taken during deer and small game hunts with applicable weapons. Contact the refuge office to obtain applications, permits and refuge specific hunting regulations (478-986-5441) or email piedmont@fws.gov. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season, no coyote hunting.

Savannah NWR

843.784.2468

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 savannahcoastal.recaccess.com. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah for seasons, dates and more information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season.

Wassaw Island NWR

843.784.2468

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 savannahcoastal.recaccess.com. Visit www.fws.gov/refuge/wassaw for seasons, dates and more information. No May 16-31 hog and coyote season, no coyote hunting.