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Federally Regulated Migratory Birds

A separate publication with hunting regulations for ducks, geese, and other late-season migrants is distributed by the DNR, and available at in late August.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regulates the harvest of migratory birds by establishing framework (opening and closing dates, maximum season length, and maximum bag limits) within which states can set their migratory bird hunting seasons. Georgia annually proposes waterfowl and late-season migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits that maximize opportunity within the framework adopted by the USFWS.

Migratory Bird Hunting License (H.I.P. License)

Migratory Bird Hunting License (H.I.P. License) is required for any person who purchases a license and hunts migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules). This license is free and can be obtained by completing a migratory bird hunter questionnaire when purchasing a hunting license.


Electronic calls may be used. Crows may be taken outside of these dates only when causing agricultural damage.

Mourning Dove
(including White-winged Dove)

  • Eurasian collared doves may be taken at any time; No limit.

Legal Hours

  • Dove: 12 noon until sunset on opening day of September season, and ½ hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season.
  • Other Migratory Birds: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

Federal Youth Waterfowl Days

Only youth 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl or geese on these days. An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth into the field but may not hunt. Dates available in late August at

Banded Birds

Hunters harvesting any banded migratory bird should call the Bird Banding Laboratory at 1-800-327-BAND or go to

Possession of Migratory Birds Harvested by Another

Persons possessing migratory birds harvested by another hunter must possess, in writing, the hunter’s signature, address, total number of birds harvested by species and dates of harvest.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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