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Voluntary Public Access Opportunities

Voluntary public access (VPA) lands

Since 2014, through a USDA grant, the DNR Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) has been able to enhance its public land hunting program through temporary agreements with private landowners to provide public hunting opportunities. Some of these VPA opportunities are listed below, but some may not be included due to deadlines. For an up-to-date list of properties, please visit GoHuntGeorgia.com. State laws and regulations and WMA Rules (Public Hunting Opportunities) apply. Hunting opportunities are limited to those species and dates specified for each VPA property.

Legend

Sign-in required for all bear, deer, and turkey hunts unless otherwise noted for a specific area.

s Sign-in

b Bonus Deer hunt (see Public Hunting Opportunities)

C Youth Hunt (see Youth Hunts)

Q Quota Hunt (see Quota Hunts)

a Archery Only Area

HC Specialty Hunt (see Dove & Specialty Hunts)

l Hunt & Learn

Q Quality Buck

W Mobility-Impaired Hunt – (see Mobility-Impaired Hunts)

B Bird Dog Training

F Furbearer Dog Training

R Rabbit Dog Training

A Archery Range

S Firearms Shooting Range

Appling County Dove Field VPA

C

123 acres • 229.426.5267

Dove

C s Sept. 3

s Sept. 10, 17

Area Notes

See Hunting Structures, Public Hunting Opportunities.

Directions

From Alma: Take US 1 north to Pat Lewis Rd. on right (1st road on right after crossing over the Appling County line from Bacon County). Go 1 mile to dove fields.

From Baxley: Take US 1 south for 9 miles; turn left on Pat Lewis Rd. Go 1 mile to dove fields.

Camp Thunder VPA

a Archery Only Area

1,527 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer & Small game

State seasons.

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Coyote

May 16-31

Area Notes

No firearms hunting allowed. No ATVs. No camping.

Directions

From Thomaston take Hwy 74 west approximately 12 miles and go left on Thundering Springs Rd, in approximately 2.4 miles the sign-in kiosk will be on the right.

Cardinal VPA

161 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer & Small game

State season. Archery only for deer.

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Directions

From Adel Take Hwy. 76 west for 1.47 miles, turn left onto 10th Rd, and right onto Washington Post/S. Airport Rd. Kiosk is 0.6 miles ahead on right. WMA is on both sides of the dirt road.

Cedar Grove VPA

294 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer & SMALL GAME

State seasons. Archery only for deer. No furbearer hunting.

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Directions

From Dublin take Hwy 441 South approx. 17 miles, continue straight after intersection with Hwy 46 for 0.5 miles, turn right on Clarence Chappell Road. Take dirt road approximately 0.5 miles and property entrances are on the right.

CHARLES b. HENSEN VPA

Q

750 acres • 706.265.6041

Deer & bear

Archery

  • Sept. 10-Jan. 8

Turkey

Q10 Apr. 8-16, Apr. 29-May 7

Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA—VPA Tracts

Q

2,492 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Only bucks with at least 4 points (1-inch or longer) on either antler or a minimum 15-inch outside antler spread are legal

  • State seasons; archery only.

Small Game

State seasons. No fox squirrel hunting. Waterfowl shooting hours end at noon.

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Area Notes

No ATVs or horses. Hunters must check kiosk on Brown Springs Tract daily for prescribed burning schedule and locations.

Directions

From JCT Hwy 80 and 355, go south on 355. Tracts are located on Doctor Brooks Rd., Parker Mill Rd., and Hwy 355. Distance to tracts is between 4 and 10 miles from Hwy 80.

Collins Road VPA

B

356 acres • 706.595.4222

Small Game

Rabbit: Wed. & Sat. during state season.

Bird dog training

Sun.-Tues. & Thur.-Fri., year round.

Area Notes

No ATVs. No camping.

Directions

From Waynesboro: Take GA Hwy 56 North 11.5 miles and turn right onto Collins Rd; travel 0.4 miles and VPA entrance is on the right.

From Augusta: Take I-520 (Bobby Jones Expressway) to Exit 9 for GA Hwy 56 South/Mike Padgett Hwy; turn right onto GA Hwy 56 South and travel 13.3 miles; turn left onto Collins Rd; travel 0.4 miles and VPA entrance is on the right.

Dupont Tract VPA

349 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 10-Oct. 28. Nov. 14-Jan. 8

Firearms

  • Oct. 29-Nov. 13

Bear

Archery

Sept. 15-17, 22-24, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Oct. 6-8

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Small Game

State seasons.

DiRections

From Dupont Take Hwy. 84 east for 1.8 miles, turn left on Harvest Time Church Rd. and the kiosk is 0.25 miles ahead.

Lola Tract VPA

391 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 10-Oct. 28, Nov. 14-Jan. 8

Firearms

  • Oct. 29-Nov. 13

Bear

Archery

Sept. 15-17, 22-24, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 6-8

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Small Game

State seasons.

Directions

From Stockton Take Hwy. 84 west for 1.4 miles. WMA kiosk is on the right. WMA is on both sides of the river.

London Farms VPA

Q

111 acres • 770.535.5700

Dove

Q30 Sept. 3, Sept. 10

Area Notes

Selected hunters may check in at 6:00 a.m. and hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. No blinds, buckets, seats or other devices may be placed on the field until 6:30 a.m and the hunter has checked in. Selected hunter may bring up to two guests. No stand-bys. All hunters must check out prior to leaving for the day.

Directions

From Cleveland: Take Hwy 115 East 5.9 miles, turn right on Hwy 384 South, go 1.1 mile, turn right on Barrett Mill Rd., go 0.7 mile to dove field.

McEntire Road VPA

95 acres • 706.295.6041

Dove

Sept. 3, 10, 17, Sept. 24-Oct. 2

Area Notes

No ATVs.

Directions

From Calhoun, take Hwy 225 NE to Hwy 136. Turn right (east) on Hwy 136 (Nicklesville Rd). Go 5 miles and turn left (North) on Davis Rd (which turns into McEntire Rd when entering Murray Co). Kiosk is 0.7 miles on right.

Pleasant Valley VPA

Q C

934 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer (Either-Sex) & Bear

Archery

C Sept. 10-Oct. 14

Firearms

Q4 C Oct. 15-21, 22-28, Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 5-11

TURKEY

C Apr. 8-May 15

Waterfowl

C Saturdays Only during season.

Small Game

Aug. 15-Sept. 9, Feb. 1-28

Coyote

May 16-31.

Area Notes

No ATVs.

Directions

From Adairsville, take Adairsville-Pleasant Valley Rd East out of town crossing under I-75. Turn right on East Pleasant Valley Rd. If going to East side sign-in kiosk, continue 0.4 miles and kiosk will be on right. If going to west side sign-in, go 0.25 miles and turn right onto Pleasant Valley Rd. Cross over I-75 and then go 0.25 miles and kiosk will be on left.

Scotland Road VPA

199 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer & Small Game

State seasons. Archery only for deer. No furbearer hunting.

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Directions

From Dublin, take Hwy 441 south of I-16 for 2.6 miles to Scotland Road on the left. Proceed down Scotland Road approx. 6 miles and turn left on Anderson Road. Go 0.6 mile, take left on Fountain Drive and go another 0.5 mile to Rozier Lane on the left. Take Rozier Lane to end of road and follow roads around old homesite to property.

Sparks Cut Off VPA

340 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer & Small Game

State seasons. Archery only for deer.

Turkey

Apr. 8-May 15

Directions

From Adel Take Hwy. 76 west for 2.6 miles and turn right onto Sparks Cutoff Rd. Kiosk is 0.4 miles ahead on right. WMA is on both sides of the road.

Tallapoosa river vpa

C Q b

3,053 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer & bear

Deer & bear harvested during quota hunts must be checked out at J. L. Lester WMA.

Archery

  • Nov. 28-Jan. 1

Firearms

  • Q60 C b Oct. 8-9, Nov. 26-27, Jan. 7-8

Turkey

C Apr. 8-May 15

Small Game

State season except during quota hunts.

Waterfowl

C State season except during quota hunts.

Coyote

May 16-31

Area Notes

No ATVs. Firearms restrictions apply to certain portions of VPA (see area map). Hunter sign-in available at J. L. Lester WMA.

Directions

From Cedartown: Take U.S. Highway 27 south to Felton. In Felton, turn left onto Felton Rockmart Road. Go 0.9 miles and turn right onto Rainey Lake Road. The VPA property begins 0.7 miles down Rainey Lake Road.

Treat mountain VPA

Q b

5,087 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer & bear

Deer & bear harvested during quota hunts must be checked out at J. Lester WMA.

Archery

  • Sept. 10-Oct. 6, Oct. 10-Nov. 24, Nov. 28-Jan. 5

Firearms

  • Q200 b Oct. 7-9, Nov. 25-27, Jan. 6-8

Turkey

Q10 Apr. 8-16, Apr. 22-30

May 1-15

Small Game

State seasons except during quota hunts.

Coyote

May 16-31.

Area Notes

No ATVs. Hunter sign-in available at J. L. Lester WMA.

Directions

From Cedartown: Take U.S. Highway 27 south. Turn right onto GA Highway 100 south. Go 5.4 miles and turn right onto Treat Mountain Road. VPA property begins 0.2 miles down on the south side of the road.

Wayne State Farm VPA

Q C

20 acres • 912.262.3173

Dove

C Q10 Sept. 3, 10

Sept. 17, 24

Area Notes

Legal hours are 12:00pm until sunset. No ATVs. No camping. Hunters must use open gates to access fields. Do not climb fences. Please do not leave litter including expended shotshells and take precautions to ensure absolutely no live shells are left behind.

Directions

From Odum, travel 6 miles west on Hwy 341. Turn left onto Shed Rd. Turn Right onto Blueberry Drive. Parking lot in located on Blueberry Lane.