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Big Game Seasons, Dates & Limits

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Limits & Restrictions

Big Game



Sept. 9 - Oct. 13

See Deer Seasons and Either-Sex Days for either sex days.

12 per season, Statewide. No more than 10 may be antlerless and no more than 2 may be antlered. One of the 2 antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers or at least a 15-inch outside spread. See Deer Hunting Regulations for requirements in counties with antler restrictions.

*Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of GA Hwy 92), and that portion of Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth County south of GA Hwy 20 only shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used (no other firearms allowed).

In Baker, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, & Thomas Cos., the first 2 weeks of archery is buck only.

Extended Archery: See Deer Hunting Regulations for counties.

Jan. 15 - 31

Primitive Weapons & Youth-Only Firearms (see Deer Hunting Regulations)

Oct. 14 - Oct. 20


Oct. 21 - Jan. 14

Oct. 21-Jan. 15 (Baker, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, & Thomas Counties)


Northern Zone

Archery: Sept. 9 - Oct. 13

Primitive Weapons & Youth Only Firearms: Oct. 14 - 20

Firearms: Oct. 21 - Jan. 14

Two per season, provided, however, no more than one of these may be taken from the Central or Southern Zones. See Hunting Information for bear harvest and reporting requirements. See General WMA Regulations for reporting requirements for bears harvested on WMAs.

*If fewer than 6 female bears are harvested on December 16 then a 2nd hunt day will be opened (please visit after December 18).

Central Zone

Firearms: Dec. 16*

Southern Zone

Firearms: Sept. 21-23, Sept. 28-30, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14


Special Opportunity, Statewide

Mar. 23-24, 2024

Only for youth 16 years of age or younger and mobility impaired persons (see Bear, Turkey, Feral Hog, Alligator & Small Game). This season does not apply to public lands unless otherwise specified.

Private Lands

Mar. 30 - May 15, 2024

2 Gobblers per season; Daily bag limit of 1 (including Special Opportunity season). On WMAs, VPAs, & National Forest lands: 1 gobbler per area per person. See individual WMA listings for specifics.

WMAs, VPAs & National Forest

Apr. 6 - May 15, 2024

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