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Blackbeard Island NWR

843.784.2468

Deer archery

Either Sex: Oct. 15-17 c | Dec. 3-5 c

Special Regs

Interested hunters must visit www.fws.gov/refuge/blackbeard_island or call (843) 784-2468, for detailed hunting information. All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at www.savannahcoastalpermits.com. Refuge permit required. Island closed to general public Oct. 14-18, Dec. 2-6. No alligator hunting.

Bond Swamp NWR

478.986.5441

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 31

Firearms

  • Q50 Youth Only/Either Sex: Nov. 14-15
  • Q100 Either Sex: Nov. 20-21, Dec. 4-5

Turkey

Q25 Mar. 26-27, Apr. 8-9

Small Game

Squirrel/Rabbit/Quail Only: Dec. 6-Jan. 31

Waterfowl

Q20 Dec. 11-12, Dec. 18-19, Jan. 8-9, Jan. 22-23. Shooting hours until 12 noon s.

Special Regs

Interested hunters must visit: www.fws.gov/bondswamp. Refuge permits are required for all hunts. Hunters are required to sign out harvested game at refuge check stations. Quota deer and waterfowl application deadline is September 23, 2015. Quota turkey application deadline is February 17, 2016. Contact the Piedmont Refuge office to obtain applications, permits and refuge specific hunting regulations (478-986-5441) or email piedmont@fws.gov.

Chattahoochee National Forest (outside of WMAs)

770.297.3000

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 9
  • During Firearms Deer season, archers must follow Firearms either sex dates on the National Forest.

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 10-16

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 17-Dec. 26
  • Land East of I-75/Either Sex: Oct. 31, Nov. 28
  • 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. 12-Oct. 9

Primitive

  • Oct. 10-16

Firearms

  • Oct. 17-Dec. 26

Turkey

Mar. 26-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 29

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. 10, Jan. 2-Mar. 19, May 1-May 26 during legal daylight hours; other requirements apply (see Dogs & Dog Training). 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: The Appalachian Trail (AT) is heavily used all year for camping and hiking. Please be aware of campers/hikers and use caution when hunting near the AT or any other trails/campgrounds. Coyotes may be hunted during open seasons with weapons restrictions for game species in season. No night hunting. Electronic calls may be used.

Lake Sidney Lanier – Buford Dam (USACE)

Q a

770.945.9531

Deer archery

Q Either Sex: Nov. 17-19

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 containing full name, address, phone number, and email address (if available) to Operations Project Manager’s Office, Attn: Craig Sowers, P.O. Box 567, Buford, GA 30515-0567 no later than October 15, 4:30 PM. One hunter per letter. Hunters must attend a pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 P.M. the evening before the hunt. Disabled Veterans will receive preference in the quota selection. More information is available online at website http://go.usa.gov/SE85

Lake Sidney Lanier – Islands (USACE)

Q a

Deer archery

Q Either Sex: Nov. 12-15, Nov. 26-29, Dec. 10-13

Special Regs

Limit: One deer per day. Hunters must record harvest on their deer harvest record. State bag limits and harvest restrictions apply. Hunters must apply by letter containing full name, address, phone number, and email address (if available) to Operations Project Manager’s Office, Attn: Craig Sowers, P.O. Box 567, Buford, GA 30515-0567 no later than October 15, 4:30 PM. One hunter per letter. Hunting areas typically accessible by boat only. More information is available online at website http://go.usa.gov/SE85

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

Special Regs

  • Hunting is prohibited on some Corps lands for safety reasons, particularly designated public recreation areas and some lease areas except as authorized by the Project Manager. Also, hunting opportunity may vary by area so please contact the appropriate COE office as provided herein. Some areas are designated archery only; firearms are permitted in some areas. 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/CivilWorks/Recreation/Hunting.aspx

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

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Special Regs

Hunting is prohibited on some Corps lands for safety reasons, particularly designated public recreation areas and some lease areas except as authorized by the Project Manager. Also, hunting opportunity may vary by area so please contact the appropriate COE office as provided herein. Some areas are designated archery only; firearms are permitted in some areas. Contact the Corps resource manager’s office at the appropriate lake project for hunting areas: Hartwell 1-888-893-0678 OR http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/hartwell/hunting.html#huntareas, J. Strom Thurmond/Clarks Hill 1-800-533-3478 OR http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/thurmond/hunt.html #huntmaps , Richard B. Russell 1-800-944-7207 OR http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/russell/natres.html. *Contact the resource manager’s office for feral hog hunting opportunities and restrictions outside of the firearms deer season.

Cumberland Island NS

C Q

912.882.4336 x258

Deer

Archery

  • Q125 Either Sex: Oct. 5-7 c

Primitive

  • Q100 Either Sex: Nov. 2-4 c | Dec. 7-9 c. Legal handguns may be used.

Firearms

  • C Q50 Adult-Child/Either Sex: Oct. 17-18 c. Child must be 12-16 years of age. All children under 16 must be directly supervised at all times.

Feral Hog

Q100 Jan. 4-6 c | Jan. 25-27 c

Special Regs

Call 912-882-4336 ext254 for information or visit http://www.nps.gov/cuis/ for detailed information. Registration begins July 1st, go to www.pay.gov and type “Cumberland” in the search box located on the left hand side of the screen under the section entitled “Find Public Forms”. From the search results, select “Cumberland Island Managed Hunt” and follow the onscreen instructions to complete registration. 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. Boat dock space for unloading only. Private boats must stream anchor. All hunter check-in must be at the Plum Orchard hunt camp or Brickhill Campground. Mandatory check-in starts 8:00 am EST one day prior to hunt; On adult-child hunts, hunting is restricted to children ages 10-17 only; children 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 Lmit: 1 antlered buck & one antlerless deer per hunter. No limit on feral hogs.

Eufaula NWR

Q a

334.687.4065

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-Jan. 10
  • Lands between Bustahatchee and Rood Creeks/Either Sex: Nov. 1-Jan. 10

Firearms

  • Q10 Either Sex: Oct. 10 c | Oct. 24 c

Waterfowl

  • Q16 Ducks & Geese Only; Saturdays during statewide season c. Shell limit is 25.
  • C Adult-Child: Youth Waterfowl Saturday & one day determined by Refuge. Contact Refuge for details.

Special Regs

Portions of Chattahoochee River and Walter F. George Reservoir within the Eufaula NWR boundaries are closed to waterfowl hunting. Contact the refuge office for quota hunt applications. Eufaula NWR, 367 Hwy 165, Eufaula, AL 36027 (334) 687-4065. Apply July 9-August 15 for youth deer hunts; August 1-Sept. 15 for waterfowl hunts. User fees must be prepaid: $20.00 per waterfowl hunter, $20.00 per youth deer hunter selected. 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

Archery

  • Q Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 9 c
  • Q a Archery Only Area/Either Sex: Sept. 12-Jan. 10 c

Primitive

  • Q Either Sex: Oct. 10-16

Firearms

  • Q Buck Only: Oct. 17-Jan. 10 c
  • Q Either Sex: Contact Fort Gordon for details.

Turkey

Q Mar. 26-May 15 c

Small Game

Q Aug. 15-Feb. 29 c

Special Regs

All hunting subject to Post regulations. NCIC background checks are required for all hunters. Firearms deer hunting limited to shotguns with slugs only or primitive weapons. Hunters not associated with the Military may apply online May 1-15 at www.gohuntgeorgia.com. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply. Permit required to hunt. Access may be restricted due to training requirements. All hunters must possess a Hunter Education Certificate. For more information, call Fort Gordon at (706) 791-2397.

Fort Stewart &
Hunter Army Airfield

Q

912.767.4354

Deer

Archery

  • Q Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 9 c
  • Q Archery Only Areas/Either Sex: Sept. 12-Jan. 10 c

Primitive

  • Q Either Sex: Oct. 10-16 c.

Firearms

  • Q Buck only: Oct. 19-30 c | Nov. 2-13 c| Nov. 16-25 c | Dec. 1-26 c | Jan. 1-10 c
  • QEitherSex:Oct.17-18 c | Oct. 31-Nov.1 c | Nov. 14-15 c | Nov. 26-29 c |Dec. 28-31 c
  • Q Shotgun Only Areas: Either Sex: Oct. 10-Jan. 10 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

Q Mar. 26-May 15 c

Small Game

Q Aug. 15-Feb. 29 c

Dove

Q Managed Dove Fields: Wed, Sat., Sun., Holidays during statewide dove season c.

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. 17-19 c

Firearms

  • Either Sex: Nov. 13 c. Shotguns 20 gauge and larger with slugs only.

Special Regs

Interested hunters must visit www.fws.gov/refuge/harris_neck, or call (843) 784-2468, for detailed hunting information. All hunters 16 years of age or older must purchase a $25 Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex Annual Hunt Permit at www.savannahcoastalpermits.com.

Oconee National Forest

W Q

706.485.1776

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 9
  • During Firearms Deer season, archers must follow Firearms either sex dates on the National Forest.

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 10-16

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 17-23, Oct. 26-Nov. 27, Nov. 30-Dec. 6
  • Either Sex: Oct. 24-25, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Mar. 26-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 29

Feral Hog

Aug. 15-Feb. 29. Small game weapons only. No night hunting. No hunting with dogs.

Special Regs

No dog training Jun. 1-Aug. 15. Pursuit of bears with dogs prohibited. Pursuit of feral hogs with dogs may occur only Aug. 1-Sept. 10; Jan. 2-Mar. 19; May 1-26 during legal daylight hours. Prohibited: Transportation of any loaded weapon in a motor vehicle. Possession of alcohol when hunting. Placing, leaving, or depositing and 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. Coyotes may be hunted during open seasons with weapons restrictions for game species in season. No night hunting. Electronic calls may be used.

Okefenokee NWR – Suwanee Canal Unit

912.496.7836

Deer

Firearms

  • Q30 Either Sex: Oct. 23-24 c
  • Q10 W Wheelchair & Youth Hunters Only/Either Sex: Oct. 23-24 c
  • Feral hog may be taken; no limit.

Special Regs

Hunt is first-come, first-served and limited to the first 30 hunters (10 additional slots reserved for wheelchair hunters and/or youth hunters). Youth hunters are those 15 and under and surpervised by an adult 21 or older. A hunter education certificate is required for youth hunters. Hunters may line up for check-in no earlier than 4:00 AM. 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 for wheelchair and/or youth hunters only. No dogs allowed. Call (912) 496-7836 for more information.

Okefenokee – Cowhouse Unit

a

912.496.7836

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-28, Oct. 4-6, 11-15 s

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Sept. 30-Oct. 3 c | Oct. 8-10 s

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 17-18 s | Oct. 24-27 s
  • Either Sex: Nov. 5-7 c, Nov. 25-29 s | Dec. 6-9 s

Turkey

Mar. 26-May 15 s

Small Game

Quail/Rabbit/Squirrel Only: Aug. 15-Sept. 28, Oct. 4-Nov. 3, Nov. 8-Feb. 29

Special Regs

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. Call (912) 496-7836 for more information.

Okefenokee – Pocket Unit

Q W

912.496.7836

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 9 s. Sign-In/Sign-Out required.

Special Regs

Foot travel only off paved road. No dogs allowed. No alligator hunting. Call (912) 496-7836 for more information.

Piedmont NWR

C Q W

478.986.5441

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Sept. 12-Oct. 4

Primitive

  • Q1250 Either Sex: Oct. 29-31

Firearms

  • W Wheelchair Hunters Only/Either Sex: Oct. 16-17
  • Q1250 General Hunt/Either Sex: Nov. 5-7, Nov. 12-14

Turkey

Q300 Mar. 29-Apr. 2, Apr. 12-16, Apr. 26-30

Small Game

  • Squirrel only: Aug. 15-Sept. 11, Oct. 5-15, Oct. 18-28, Nov. 1-4, Nov. 8-11, Nov. 15-20
  • Squirrel/Rabbit/Quail only: Nov. 21-Feb. 28
  • Raccoon & Opossum: Jan 8-9,
    Jan. 15-16, Jan. 22-23, Jan. 29-30

Special Regs

Refuge permits are required for all hunts. Applications for quota deer hunts must be received by August 26, 2015. Quota turkey hunts applications must be received by February 24, 2016. Hunters selected for quota hunts will be charged a refuge permit fee. 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. 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
  • W Wheelchair Hunters Only/Either Sex: Nov. 3-4. Apply by Sept. 15.

Turkey

Q Youth Hunt & Learn: Apr. 1-3

Youth Only: Apr. 4-8

General Hunt: Apr. 9-30

Small Game

Nov. 1-Dec. 31

Waterfowl

  • C Q Youth Waterfowl Hunts: Nov. 21 c, Dec. 19 c, Jan. 23 c. Apply by Aug. 31.
  • General Hunt: Statewide Season.

Feral Hog

Mar. 5-19 and during deer hunts. No limit.

Special Regs

Interested hunters must visit www.fws.gov/refuge/savannah, or call (843) 784-2468, for detailed hunting information. 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.

Wassaw Island NWR

843.784.2468

Deer

Archery

  • Either Sex: Oct. 22-24 c

Primitive

  • Either Sex: Oct. 22-24 c

Firearms

  • Dec. 10-12 c

Special Regs

Interested hunters must visit www.fws.gov/refuge/wassaw, or call (843) 784-2468, for detailed hunting information. 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.

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