Major Changes

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Statewide Changes

Air Guns

Air guns are legal weapons for hunting big game during primitive weapons and firearms seasons. See designated pages for definitions and restrictions on air rifles and air bows.

Hunting Licenses

Alligator Hunters

The age restriction (12 years) has been removed for participation in alligator hunts.


New Public Hunting Opportunities

Canoochee Sandhills WMA: Bulloch/Bryan Counties – 6,354 acres
Bullard Creek WMA: Appling County – 2,358 acres
Rum Creek WMA:
Monroe County – now 5,884 acres
Berry Creek Area:
Monroe County – now 161 acres
Lanahassee WMA:
Webster County – 4,387 acres

For information on these properties, visit georgiawildlife.com/allwmas

See Specific WMAs

Archery Deer Season

Bibb, Chatham, Clarke and Henry have been added to the list of counties where archery season is open until January 31.

Deer Hunting Regulations

Deer Either-Sex Days

The number of either sex days has increased for Banks, Franklin and Hart counties and decreased for counties in the Mountains and Ridge Valley regions. All Chattahoochee National Forest lands east of I-75 are closed to antlerless deer hunting during archery, primitive weapons, and firearms deer seasons.

Private Land Opportunities


The Central Zone hunt has been moved to the 3rd Saturday in December.
Camden county has been added to the Southern Bear Zone.

Bear Regulations

Youth Hunting on WMAs

The maximum age for WMA youth hunts has changed from 17 years old to 16 years old.

Youth Hunts