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General WMA Regulations

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All WMA laws, rules and regulations, unless otherwise specified, must be followed on Public Fishing Areas and State Parks open for hunting. WMA license is required except for State Park Quota Hunts.

Camping, hiking and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site. All WMA visitors are encouraged to wear hunter orange during the hunting seasons. Specific recreation sites may be closed as needed for management purposes by posting at the site.

Quota Hunts

See Specialty Hunts on WMA & Federal Areas  and Quota Hunts for details.

Feral Hog, Deer, Bear & Turkey

See WMA Q&A. Direct questions regarding a specific WMA to the region office for that WMA. See office contact info under Game Management Regional Offices.

Migratory Birds

Crows, Snipe & Woodcock may be taken on small game dates during the statewide seasons unless otherwise specified. Electronic calls may be used for crows. No limit on crows.

Duck hunting on managed impoundments at Altamaha (Butler Island), Cordele Hatchery, Evans PFA, Oconee WMA , Rum Creek WMA, and West Point WMA – Glovers Creek tract is by quota only. Hunters must hunt from assigned areas or ponds. Shooting hours end at 12 noon, except the last Saturday of the season, when hunting is allowed until sunset. See Quota Hunts for quota hunt information. Waterfowl hunting can take place only during specified waterfowl hunting dates. Waterfowl on all other WMA locations may be hunted any day of the waterfowl season that the area is open for small game hunting or as otherwise specified.

Goose hunting is allowed on WMAs except on managed waterfowl impoundments and managed dove fields. On managed waterfowl impoundments, geese may be taken only during managed waterfowl hunts during the state goose season.

Small Game, Furbearers, Falconry & Coyotes

Alligators may be taken on small game dates during statewide alligator season by quota permit holders only, unless otherwise specified in the WMA listings on pages Region 1Region 7. See Alligator for more information.

Coyotes may be taken during big game, small game, and special hog hunts as well as special coyote hunts (See Specialty Hunts on WMA & Federal Areas). Weapons are restricted to legal firearms and archery equipment for the game species specified for a particular hunt in the WMA listings on Region 1Region 7 of this site. Electronic calls may be used. No night hunting.

Falconry: All WMAs are open for falconry during listed small game dates for a specific area (see Region 1Region 7). Field trial areas and archery-only hunting areas on WMAs are also open for small game hunting by means of falconry during the statewide falconry season.

Furbearers: Raccoons, opossum, foxes and bobcats may be hunted within statewide seasons during small game and furbearer dates, unless otherwise specified in the WMA listings on Region 1Region 7. Furbearers may not be hunted during firearms deer hunts. Night hunting is allowed, unless otherwise specified. Hunters must pick up their dogs by 12 noon on the day following the hunt. Electronic calls are prohibited.

Small Game: Unless otherwise specified, hunters are allowed to hunt any small game with an open season (see 2014-15 Seasons, Dates & Limits) during the small game dates specified in the WMA listings on pages Region 1Region 7. No small game or furbearer hunting is allowed during managed deer hunts except that migratory birds may be hunted during archery deer hunts during open state season unless otherwise specified.

Unprotected Nongame Species may be taken only during small game dates.


Limited opportunities to trap on certain WMAs are available by permit only. Trapping is intended to facilitate meeting desired management objectives for wildlife or to minimize damage to property or habitats. Such opportunities are available on: Albany Nursery, B. F. Grant, Bullard Creek, Clayhole, Crockford-Pigeon Mtn, Dawson Forest, Dixon Memorial, Elmodel, Penholoway, Rum Creek, Tuckahoe, West Point, and Yuchi WMAs. Please contact the appropriate region office for further details or to apply for a permit.

Unlawful Activities on WMAs

  • Placing bait or wildlife food and hunting any game species or feral hog over bait.
  • Target practicing except on an authorized shooting range.
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving a vehicle around any gate, sign, earth berm, or similar device intended to prevent vehicular access.
  • Hunting within 50 yards of any road opened for vehicular access. (Possession of a loaded firearm within 50 yards of a road opened for vehicular access is considered hunting.)
  • Night hunting except for raccoon, fox, opossum, bobcat, and alligator (permitted alligator hunters only).
  • Shooting from a motor vehicle.
  • Taking or possessing any wildlife except during an open season for that species.
  • Hunting within a posted safety zone.
  • Consuming alcohol except at camp sites (this regulation does not apply on National Forest Lands).
  • Possessing a cocked crossbow in a motor vehicle.
  • Camping or operating a motor vehicle upon any permanent wildlife opening.
  • Using motor vehicles, signage, flagging tape, or any other method(s) to close or restrict access to roads, trails or any other access features.
  • Using metal detectors or collecting artifacts.
  • Using paintball equipment (this regulation does not apply on National Forest Lands).
  • Trapping except that special permits may be issued for certain WMAs.
  • Possessing or using buckshot except on dog-deer hunts.
  • Possessing alcohol while hunting on National Forest lands.
  • Hunting with a suppressed firearm.
  • Possessing a firearm during a closed hunting season for an area, except on designated shooting ranges, unless such a firearm is unloaded and stored in a motor vehicle so as to not be readily accessible, except that any person possessing a Weapons Carry License that is valid in this state pursuant to OCGA §§ 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129 may carry such firearm subject to the limitations of OCGA §§ 16-11-126 and 16-11-127, except where prohibited by federal law.
  • Possessing a loaded firearm (a gun is considered loaded if a shell is in the chamber or magazine, a percussion cap is on the nipple, or powder is present on the frizzen pan) in a motor vehicle, except that any person possessing a Weapons Carry License that is valid in this state pursuant to OCGA §§ 16-11-126(f) or 16-11-129 may carry such firearm subject to the limitations of OCGA §§ 16-11-126 and 16-11-127, except where prohibited by federal law.

Acknowledgment of Landowners

The Department would like to acknowledge the following private landowners, companies, and governmental agencies owning properties leased as Wildlife Management Areas:

  • Aubrey Corporation
  • Berry College, Inc.
  • Campbell Group
  • Forest Resources Consultants
  • Forestar (formerly Temple-Inland)
  • Frederick Blum
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Georgia Power Company (No Fee Lease)
  • Girl Scouts of USA
  • Hancock Timberland VIII Inc,
    & Valencia Forest LLC
  • Houston Co. Commission (No Fee Lease)
  • Jones Company Ltd.
  • The Langdale Company
  • McCranie Land Company, Inc.
  • Paulding County
  • Plum Creek Timberlands LLC
  • Randall Odum
  • Rayonier Forest Resources, L.P.
  • Springbank, LLC
  • Timbervest Partners, LLC
  • University of Georgia
  • VZ Timberland, LLC
  • Wildwood Timberlands, LLC

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