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Q – Quota Hunt (see pg. 70)
c – Check-In Hunt
s – Sign-In Hunt
Q – Quality Deer Symbol

C – Adult-Child Deer/Bear Hunts

Application Deadline: Sept. 1
for designated quota hunts only

One adult may supervise one child. For designated quota hunts, group applications with up to three children allowed. Selected children must bring supervising adults.

WMA Type Date
Allatoona WMA Deer/Bear Oct. 22-23* s
Altama Plantation WMA Deer Dec. 28-30 c
Balls Ferry State Park Deer Oct. 15-21 Youth only.
Beaverdam WMA Deer Sept. 24-30 s
Berry College WMA Deer/Bear Jan. 7-8* c
Big Hammock WMA Deer Nov. 25-27 s
Big Lazer Creek WMA Deer Q Oct. 1-2 s | Nov. 13-15* s Youth only.
Blanton Creek WMA Deer Q Oct. 8-9 s
Buck Shoals WMA Deer/Bear Q12 Nov. 19-20 | Q12 Dec. 3-4
Bullard Creek WMA Deer Nov. 4-6 s
Cedar Creek WMA Deer Sept. 30-Oct. 2* s Youth only. | Dec. 26-28 s
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA/Fort Perry Tract Deer Q35 Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 c
Chickasawhatchee WMA Deer Nov. 24-27 s | Dec. 26-31 s
Clarks Hill WMA Deer Oct. 28-30* s
Clayhole Swamp WMA Deer Sept. 16-18 c
Clybel WMA Deer Oct. 7-9 s Youth only. | Nov. 25-27* s Youth only. | Dec. 16-18 s
Coopers Creek WMA Deer/Bear Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 c
Coosawattee WMA Deer/Bear Nov. 4-6 c
Crockford-Pigeon Mtn WMA Deer/Bear Oct. 15-16* c
Dawson Forest WMA Deer/Bear Q Oct. 8-10 c
Dukes Creek-Smithgall Woods SP Deer/Bear Oct. 21-22* s
Flint River WMA Deer Q35 Oct. 20-22 s
Grand Bay WMA Deer Oct. 15-16 s
Griffin Ridge WMA Deer Nov. 4-6 c
Horse Creek WMA Deer Oct. 8-9* s
J. L. Lester WMA Deer/Bear Q20 Oct. 8-9 cQ20 Jan. 14-15 c
John’s Mountain WMA Deer/Bear Oct. 29-30* c
Lake Russell WMA Deer/Bear Nov. 4-6 c
Oaky Woods WMA Deer Oct. 1-7 s Youth only
Ocmulgee WMA Deer Oct. 1-7 s Youth only
Ossabaw Island WMA Deer Q75 Nov. 24-26 c
Paulding Forest WMA Deer/Bear Oct. 15-16 c
Paulks Pasture WMA Deer Sept. 16-18 c
Penholoway Swamp WMA Deer Sept. 23-25 c
Perry Dove Field Deer Archery Only, Sundays only during statewide season.
Rich Mountain WMA Deer/Bear Oct. 21-23* c
River Bend WMA Deer Oct. 22-23 s
River Creek WMA Deer Q35 Dec. 30 – Jan. 1 s
Rum Creek WMA Deer Oct. 8-9 s Youth only.
Sansavilla WMA Deer Sept. 23-25 c
Sapelo Island WMA Deer Q75 Oct. 7-9 c
Savannah NWR Deer Oct. 1-31 Youth only. Archery only.
Tuckahoe WMA Deer Sept. 16-18 s
West Point WMA Deer Q Oct. 21-23* s Youth only.
*These hunts are combined with Ladies and/or Honorary hunts.

 

C Adult-Child Small Game Hunts

Application Deadline: Oct. 15
for designated quota hunts only

One adult may supervise two children. For designated quota hunts, no group applications allowed. Selected child may bring one other child and must bring only one supervising adult.

WMA Type Date
Altamaha WMA — Butler Refuge Rabbit Jan. 14-16 Youth only. Archery only.
Clybel WMA Small Game Nov. 12-13 s
Di-Lane WMA Quail Q8 Feb. 4 s
Dodge County PFA Quail Q1 Dec. 3 s | Q1 Jan. 14 s

 

C Adult-Child Turkey Hunts

Application Deadline: Feb. 15
for designated quota hunts only

One adult may supervise one child. For designated quota hunts, group applications with up to three children allowed. Selected children must bring supervising adults.

WMA Date
Albany Nursery WMA Q1 Apr. 1-7 s | Q1 Apr. 22-28 s
Altama Plantation WMA Q20 Apr. 1-9 | May 6-14 s
B. F. Grant WMA Mar. 25 – Apr. 2 s
Balls Ferry State Park Mar. 25 – Apr. 2 Youth only.
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA/Fort Perry Area Q15 Mar. 31 – Apr. 2 s
Clybel WMA Q25 Mar. 25 – Apr. 2 s | Q25 Apr. 8-16 s
May 9-15 s
Di-Lane WMA Q20 Mar. 25-31 s
Dodge County PFA Q2 Apr. 7-8 s | Q2 Apr. 14-15 s
Doerun Pitcher Plant Bog WMA Q1 Mar. 25-26 s | Q1 Apr. 1-2 s
Grand Bay WMA Mar. 25-26 s | Apr. 8-9 s Youth only.
Griffin Ridge WMA Q25 Mar. 25-26 c
Hugh Gillis PFA Q2 Mar. 31 – Apr. 1 s | Q2 Apr. 14-15 s
Moody Forest WMA Mar. 25-26 s
River Creek WMA Q5 Mar. 31 – Apr. 2 s | Q5 Apr. 7-9 s
Rum Creek WMA Q25 Mar. 25 – Apr. 2 s | Q25 Apr. 8-16 s
May 9-15 s
Silver Lake WMA Q35 Apr. 8-16 s
Standing Boy Creek State Park Q10 Mar. 25 – Apr. 2 s | Q10 Apr. 8-16 s
West Point WMA — Dixie Creek Tract Mar 25 – Apr. 2 s

 

C Adult-Child Dove Hunts

Application Deadline: Aug. 15
for designated quota hunts only

One adult may supervise two children. For designated quota hunts, group applications with up to three children allowed. Selected children must bring supervising adults.

WMA Date
Appling County Dove Field Sept. 3 s
Buck Shoals WMA Q25 Sept. 3, 10, 17
Di-Lane WMA Q75 Sept. 3, Field 2.
Indian Ford Farm Dove Fields Q50 Sept. 10 s
J. L. Lester WMA Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 17
Paradise PFA Sept. 3 s
Redlands WMA Q100 Sept. 3, Check Station fields only.
River Creek WMA Q15 Sept. 3 s, Sept. 10 s
Standing Boy Creek State Park Q20 Sept. 3 s, Sept. 10 s, Oct. 8 s
Walton WMA Q80 Sept. 3
Wilson Shoals WMA Q15 Sept. 3

 

C Adult-Child Waterfowl Hunts

Application Deadline: Oct. 15
for designated quota hunts only

One adult may supervise two children. For designated quota hunts, no group applications allowed. Selected child may bring one other child and must bring only one supervising adult.

WMA Date
Arrowhead WMA Sept. 10 s | Dec. 10 s | Jan. 14 s
Cordele Fish Hatchery Q3 Dec. 17, Q3 Dec. 31, Q3 Jan. 14
Eufaula NWR Q Check with Refuge
Evans County PFA Q3 Nov. 19 s | Q3 Dec. 10 s
Oconee WMA—Dan Denton Q3 Pond 1 & Q2 Pond 3: Nov. 12 s Only youth (under 16) may hunt.
Oconee WMA—Dan Denton Q3 Pond 1 & Q2 Pond 3: Nov. 26 s
River Creek WMA Q3 Dec. 10 s | Q3 Jan. 14 s | Q3 Jan. 21 s
Rum Creek WMA (Marsh Pond) Q3 Dec. 10 s | Jan. 14 s, Only youth can hunt.
Rum Creek WMA (Youth Area) Youth Waterfowl Days & Wed.–Sun. during statewide season s
Savannah NWR Q Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21
West Point WMA ­— Daniels Pond & Pond 1 Youth Waterfowl Days s
West Point WMA — Glovers Creek Area Youth Waterfowl Days s

 

Hunter Education Field Days

A hands-on opportunity for hunter education graduates to learn additional skills in shotgun, rifle, archery, orienteering and tree stand safety.
www.georgiawildlife.com/shooting-sports

Summer Camps

Children and youth have fun learning about the outdoors together at day camps and residential camps held throughout the summer at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.
www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott/Camps

Hunter Education Program

This is a required program for anyone age 16 and up who plans to hunt (and is a requirement for many of our youth programs). Students learn how to be safe and responsible with firearms.
www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/education

National Archery in the Schools Program

NASP is an in-school archery program for students in grades 4th–12th.
www.georgiawildlife.com/nasp

Scholastic Clay Target Program

The Georgia Independent Schools Association and the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association are now offering SCTP as a varsity team sport. Students who have completed hunter education have the opportunity to shoot trap, skeet and sporting clays with the help and support of trained coaches focused on firearm safety.
www.georgiawildlife.com/shooting-sports

Hunt and Learns

Young hunters and their adult chaperone learn to develop their outdoor skills as they go afield with wildlife biologists and expert hunters during these immersive weekend programs.
www.georgiawildlife.com/CharlieElliott

WMA Species date quota
Buck Shoals Deer Nov. 5-6, 2016 12
Buck Shoals Turkey Apr. 1-2, 2017 3
Buck Shoals Turkey Apr. 15-16, 2017 3
Buck Shoals Turkey Apr. 29-30, 2017 3
Buck Shoals Squirrel Dec. 10-11, 2016 12
Buck Shoals Squirrel Dec. 17-18, 2016 12
Chat-Fall Ft Perry Deer Oct. 28-30, 2016 10
Chat-Fall Ft Perry Turkey Apr. 21-23, 2017 15
Clybel Deer Oct. 14-16, 2016 15
Clybel Turkey May 12-14, 2017 15
Clybel Squirrel & Rabbit Nov. 11-13, 2016 .
Clybel Squirrel & Quail Dec. 2-4, 2016 .
Clybel Rabbit & Falconry Jan. 6-8, 2017 .
Clybel Quail Oct. 28-30, 2016 .