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Major Changes

  • Georgia Game Check for turkeys is here! Starting with the 2016 turkey season, allhunters are required to carry a harvest log and report their turkey harvest. Turkey harvest logs will be available for printing on or after March 1. Please see the ad below for more details.
  • Georgia now has a uniform statewide season! Deer season ends statewide on January 10, 2016. On the Chattahoochee National Forest, deer season ends on December 26, 2015.
  • Longer alligator season! Alligator season opens at sunset Friday August 14, 2015 and closes sunrise October 5, 2015, with an increased quota of 1,000 permits. Also, Lake Walter F. George is now Zone 1A and subject to special regulations. Please visit for details on the alligator season changes.
  • In the Northern Bear Zone hunters may now take bears in Barrow, Carroll, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hart, Jackson, Madison, and Walton counties and all counties north of these counties. Additionally, the northern zone bear season now runs concurrent with deer season. In the Southern Bear Zone, hunters may now take bears in Lanier and Lowndes counties (still hunting only). See Bear for detailed bear hunting information.
  • New public hunting opportunities:
    • Conasauga River WMA (Murray County) and Morgan Lake WMA (Long County)
    • New public dove fields: A listing of new public dove fields leased from private landowners made possible through the Voluntary Public Access program is provided on WRD’s website, so be sure to visit to learn more about these opportunities.
  • Shotguns for hunting deer, bear and feral hog are no longer restricted to a shot shell capacity of 5. There are no restrictions on firearms used to take feral hogs on private lands. Check area-specific regulations when hunting feral hogs on WMAs and other public lands.
  • Feral Hog Control Act: Transportation of live feral hogs without a permit may result in significant fines and revocation of your hunting license. Feral hogs captured alive must be dispatched prior to transportation if a permit has not been acquired prior to capture. Contact the Georgia Department of Agriculture (404) 656-3665 for permit restrictions and requirements related to live feral swine.

Regulations in red are new this year.

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