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Migratory Birds Seasons, Dates & Limits

Hunting Regulations Icon Georgia Hunting

Species

Season

Dates

Limit

Migratory Birds

Canada Geese

Statewide

Sep. 2 – Sep. 24
Oct. 14 – Oct. 29
Nov. 18 – Nov. 26
Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

5 per day
15 in possession

Crows

Statewide

Nov. 4 – Feb. 28

No limit

Doves

Statewide

Sep. 2 – Sep. 17
Oct. 14 – Nov. 2
Nov. 23 – Jan. 15

15 per day
45 in possession

Ducks

Statewide

Nov. 18 – Nov. 26
Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

6 per day
18 in possession
See Species Limits

Early Teal

Statewide

Sep. 9 – Sep. 24

6 per day
18 in possession

Gallinules & Coots

Statewide

Nov. 18 – Nov. 26
Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

15 per day
45 in possession

Mergansers

Statewide

Nov. 18 – Nov. 26
Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

5 per day
15 in possession¹

Sea Ducks

Statewide

Nov. 18 – Nov. 26
Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

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. 14 – Oct. 29
Nov. 18 – Nov. 26
Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

5 per day
15 in possession

Sora and Rails

Statewide

Sept. 15 – Nov. 5

Nov. 23 – Dec. 10

King & Clapper:
15 per day
45 in possession

Sora and Virginia:
25 per day
75 in possession

Woodcock

Statewide

Dec. 9 – Jan. 22

3 per day
9 in possession

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

GEORGIA MIGRATORY BIRD STAMP

Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp is required for any person age 16 and older who purchases a license and hunts migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules). A free Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp is available for all resident Landowners hunting their own land and any Sportsman’s License, Optional Youth Sportsman’s License, Disability Sportsman’s License, Disability Hunting License, Honorary License or Lifetime Sportsman’s License holder.

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. 11-12, 2017

Only youth 16 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 go to the Bird Banding Laboratory website at 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:

Sept. 2 – Sept. 24

Oct. 14 – Oct. 29

Nov. 18 – Dec. 4

Dec. 9 – Jan. 28

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 BLACKSHEAR, 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

1 per day

3 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