Choose your state

Alabama Alabama Hunting & Fishing

Arizona Arizona Hunting

Arkansas Arkansas Hunting

California California Big Game Hunting California Freshwater Fishing California Saltwater Fishing

Colorado Colorado Hunting

Connecticut Connecticut Fishing Connecticut Hunting

Delaware Delaware Hunting Delaware Fishing

Florida Florida Freshwater Fishing Florida Saltwater Fishing Florida Hunting

Georgia Georgia Hunting Georgia Commercial Drivers Georgia Drivers Manual Georgia Motorcycle Manual 40-Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide Georgia Fishing Georgia Alcohol & Drug Awareness Program

Hawaii Hawaii Hunting

Idaho Idaho Hunting

Illinois Illinois Hunting

Indiana Indiana Hunting Indiana Fishing

Iowa Iowa Hunting

Kansas Kansas Hunting

Kentucky Kentucky Hunting

Louisiana Louisiana Hunting Regulations 2015

Maine Maine Hunting Maine Fishing Maine ATV & Snowmobile

Maryland Maryland Fishing Maryland Hunting

Massachusetts Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Massachusetts Hunting & Fishing

Michigan Michigan Fishing

Minnesota Minnesota Hunting

Mississippi Mississippi Hunting & Fishing

Missouri Missouri Hunting

Montana Montana Hunting

Nebraska Nebraska Hunting

Nevada Nevada Fishing Nevada Hunting Nevada Big Game Hunting

New Hampshire New Hampshire Freshwater Fishing New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing New Hampshire Hunting New Hampshire ATV & Snowmobile

New Jersey New Jersey Freshwater Fishing New Jersey Saltwater Fishing New Jersey Hunting

New Mexico New Mexico Hunting New Mexico Hunting Rules & Info – 2016-2017

New York New York Hunting New York Fishing

North Carolina North Carolina Hunting

North Dakota North Dakota Hunting

Ohio Ohio Hunting Ohio Fishing

Oklahoma Oklahoma Hunting Oklahoma Fishing

Oregon Oregon Fishing Oregon Big Game Hunting Oregon Game Bird Hunting

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Hunting

Rhode Island Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Regulations Guide Rhode Island Freshwater Fishing Rhode Island Hunting

South Carolina South Carolina Hunting & Fishing

South Dakota South Dakota Hunting

Tennessee Tennessee Hunting

Texas Texas Hunting

Utah Utah Hunting

Vermont Vermont Hunting Vermont Fishing

Virginia Virginia Hunting Virginia Migratory Game Bird Hunting Virginia Fishing

Washington Washington Hunting

West Virginia West Virginia Hunting

Wisconsin Wisconsin Hunting

Wyoming Wyoming Hunting

Logo

Migratory Birds Seasons, Dates & Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon Georgia Hunting

Species

Season

Dates

Limit

Migratory Birds

Canada Geese

Statewide

Sep. 3 – Sep. 25
Oct. 8 – Oct. 23
Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Dec. 10 – Jan. 29

5 per day
15 in possession

Crows

Statewide

Nov. 5 – Feb. 28

No limit

Doves

Statewide

Sep. 3 – 18
Oct. 8 – Oct. 28
Nov. 24 – Jan. 15

15 per day
45 in possession

Ducks

Statewide

Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Dec. 10 – Jan. 29

6 per day
18 in possession
See Species Limits

Early Teal

Statewide

Sep. 10 – Sep. 25

6 per day
18 in possession

Gallinules & Coots

Statewide

Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Dec.10 – Jan. 29

15 per day
45 in possession

Mergansers

Statewide

Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Dec. 10 – Jan. 29

5 per day
15 in possession¹

Sea Ducks

Statewide

Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Dec. 10 – Jan. 29

5 per day
15 in possession²
See Species Limits

Snipe

Statewide

Nov. 15 – Feb. 28

8 per day
24 in possession

Snow Geese

Statewide

Oct. 8 – Oct. 23
Nov. 19 – Nov. 27
Dec. 10 – Jan. 29

5 per day
15 in possession

Sora and Rails

Statewide

Sep. 24 – Nov. 10
Nov. 25 – Dec. 16

King & Clapper:
15 per day
45 in possession

Sora and Virginia:
25 per day
75 in possession

Woodcock

Statewide

Dec. 10 – Jan. 23

3 per day
9 in possession

1 Not more than 2 hooded mergansers (6 in possession)

2 Sea Ducks count towards the total bag limit of 6 ducks except in the Sea Duck Zone, which is defined as any tidal waters greater than 1 mile offshore.

FEDERALLY REGULATED MIGRATORY BIRDS

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.

In addition to State regulations, Federal rules apply to the taking, possession, shipping, transporting, and storage of migratory birds. Each hunter should also consult actual Federal Regulations, which may be found in: Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.

View, download and print at:
www.gpoaccess.gov or www.gohuntgeorgia.com

MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING (HIP) LICENSE

Migratory Bird Hunting (HIP) 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 obtaining this license.

FEDERAL DUCK STAMP

Federal Duck Stamp is required for all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older, including resident landowners and their immediate family. The stamp is valid from July 1–June 30 and must be signed in ink across the face. The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is available at US Post Offices, 1-800-STAMP24, www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or usps.com.

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.

All Other Migratory Birds: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset.

FEDERAL YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS

Nov. 12-13, 2016

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.

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.

NON-TOXIC SHOT

Any 10-gauge or smaller loaded with federally approved nontoxic shot of size “F” or smaller. No lead shot may be in possession while hunting waterfowl.

BANDED BIRDS

Hunters harvesting any banded migratory bird should call the Bird Banding Laboratory at 1-800-327-BAND or go to www.reportband.gov to report the band number and how, when and where it was recovered.

FALCONRY (for Migratory Birds)

Valid falconry permit and hunting license

required.

Dates:

Sep 3 – Sep 25

Oct 8 – Oct 23

Nov 19 – Dec 5

Dec 10 – Jan 29

Limits:

3 per day

9 in possession

SPECIES REGULATIONS

CROWS

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

Eurasian collared doves

May be taken at any time; no limit.

CAUTION: More restrictive regulations may apply to National Wildlife Refuges open to public hunting. For additional information on Federal Regulations, contact Special Agent-in-Charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 75 Spring Street, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303 or call 404-679-7057.

SPECIAL REGULATIONS

LAKE LANIER RESTRICTIONS:

No hunting allowed within 600 feet of a dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina or open recreation area. Contact the Game Management Region 2 Office for open dates, closed recreation areas open for hunting and other special rules for waterfowl hunting on Lake Lanier, or visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Waterfowl.

GEORGIA POWER LAKES (in North Georgia):

No hunting allowed within 300 feet of any dock, house, boat ramp, marina or open recreation area without permission from the lease or property owner.

Lakes open for duck and goose hunting: Lake Burton, Lake Seed, Lake Rabun, Tallulah Falls Lake, Lake Tugalo and Lake Yonah. Contact the Game Management Region 2 Office for dates and other special rules for waterfowl hunting on Georgia Power Lakes in North Georgia, or visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Waterfowl.

LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE:

No hunting allowed on the portions of LWFG in Georgia within 600 feet of a dock house structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area. Waterfowl hunting from land is prohibited outside of the specified “Hunting Areas”. A Corps permit is required to hunt waterfowl on all areas of the lake, except the Eufaula NWR. Information on how to purchase a permit (in person or by mail only): www.sam.usace.mil or 229-768-2516.

LAKE OCONEE, LAKE SEMINOLE, LAKE SINCLAIR & LAKE OLIVER (South of Standing Boy Creek):

No hunting allowed within 300 feet of a dock house structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina or open recreation area.

Species

Limit

Ducks

Black or Mottled Duck

1 per day

3 in possession (total for both species)

Canvasback

2 per day

6 in possession

Fulvous Whistling Duck

1 per day

3 in possession

Harlequin Ducks

Closed Season

Mallards

4 per day (only 2 may be hens)

12 in possession (only 6 may be hens)

Pintail

2 per day

6 in possession

Redheads

2 per day

6 in possession

Scaup

2 per day

6 in possession

Wood Ducks

3 per day

9 in possession

Sea Ducks

Eiders

4 per day

12 in possession

Long-Tailed Duck

4 per day

12 in possession

Scoters

4 per day

12 in possession

If a species of duck is not listed, the bag limit is six.