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General Hunting Information

Unlawful Activities

  • Hunting without landowners’ permission, including power line, gas line, railroad and other rights-of-way. Written permission must be obtained if land is so posted.
  • Hunting while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Holding, possessing, releasing, or importing wildlife without a permit from the DNR.
  • Concealing the taking or possession of wildlife (or parts) which the person in possession reasonably should have known was obtained illegally.
  • Killing or crippling game without reasonable efforts to retrieve.
  • Hunt, shoot, kill, or wound any farmed deer (e.g. elk, red deer, fallow deer, sika deer, or axis deer) or exotic wild animal (e.g. farmed deer, mouflon sheep, Barbary sheep [aoudad], antelope, etc.) held under a wild animal license for enjoyment, gain, amusement, or sport.
  • Hunting or shooting from or across a public road.
  • Hunting from a vehicle, plane, or boat under power.
  • Selling or purchasing any game species or parts thereof, except antlers, hides, and tails of legally taken deer, tails of legally taken squirrels, and legally taken alligator products.
  • Use of a computer or any other device to remotely discharge a firearm for the purpose of hunting.
  • Use of drugs, poisons, chemicals, smoke, gas, explosives, or electronically-amplified sounds to hunt any game species.
  • Use of any pitfall, deadfall, snare, catch, trap, net, live decoy, or baited hook to take game species.
  • Use of electronic communications equipment to aid in the pursuit of game.
  • Disturbing wildlife dens, holes, or homes, or driving wildlife, except venomous snakes, from their dens, holes, or homes.
  • Discharging a firearm within 50 yards of a public road.
  • Blinding wildlife with lights.

Establishing Deer Harvest Guidelines
For Your Property Or Hunting Club

Georgia is blessed with a healthy white-tailed deer population that provides diverse recreational opportunities and generates significant economic vitality. However, white-tailed deer can present a variety of management challenges as we strive to maintain a sustainable deer population within appropriate biological, ecological, and sociological limits.

While there is no statewide season and bag limit structure that will meet the desires of everyone, Georgia’s current regulations are designed to provide a framework for deer managers to use when establishing site-specific management strategies. Extreme variations in deer densities can exist within an area; therefore, responsible deer management by landowners and hunting clubs is essential – especially proper doe harvest rates. It is hunters’ responsibility to establish management objectives on the property they hunt.

When determining those objectives it is critical to consider property size, habitat conditions, and management of adjacent properties. Establishing doe harvest per land area can be an effective tool. General guidelines for appropriate doe harvest rates across Georgia are: one doe per 75 acres to decrease density; one doe per 150 acres to stabilize density; or one doe per 200 acres to increase density.

Keep in mind that these guidelines may not be applicable in all areas and are no substitute for objective population monitoring, which is critical to a successful deer management program.

Georgia hunters can get technical assistance for creating a management program from Wildlife Resources Division’s professional biologists or a private biologist. However, biological recommendations are only as good as the information provided. Objective biological data result in better recommendations.

Effective deer management requires more work than simply killing deer. At a minimum, biological data should be kept on each deer harvested (e.g., sex, age, weight, antler measurements). In many instances, a harvest strategy that is more restrictive than the statewide framework may be needed. Either-sex days and bag limits are effective at protecting statewide and regional populations from over-harvest, but they cannot provide the same protection for every single property. This is why site-specific, property-level deer management is vital to successful deer management.

Ultimately, the solution rests in the hands of Georgia’s deer hunters and their willingness to practice voluntary restraint and responsible deer management.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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