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WMA Regulations: D-H

This section of the 2021-2022 Hunting Seasons and Regulations provides information related to lands managed for hunting by Wildlife Resources Division.

Each listing provides specific information applicable to that WMA/PFA/State Park/VPA. However, if you require additional information, a contact number is provided with each listing.

Please review the legend below. Each listing will have a list of applicable symbols located in its header as a quick reference.

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

Dawson Forest WMA

Q HC Q b

25,500 acres • 770.535.5700

Deer & Bear

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

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 13, Dec. 13-26

Firearms

  • HC b Oct.15-17
  • Anterless Last Day b: Oct. 28-31
  • Quality Buck Only b: Nov. 10-14, Dec. 2-5

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Dove

Q40 Sept. 4

Sept. 6, 11, 18, Oct. 2, 10, Nov. 20-28; Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Waterfowl

State season during small game dates.

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Special Regs

All trails are closed all day during firearms deer hunts and before 10:00 a.m. during archery and turkey seasons. Special rules apply to horse, bicycle and camping use; rules are posted at trailhead, camping areas, WMA check station. Permits are required for horse, bicycle and camping use. Permits must be completed and on person to be valid. Roads on the city of Atlanta Tract are closed to vehicles daily from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. except for individuals legally camping, hunting or fishing on the area.

Directions

From Dawsonville Take GA HWY 53 west 6 miles; turn right onto driveway at kiosk; check station is at top of hill. Check in and Sign-in/out at kiosk on HWY 53; check out harvested game during managed hunts at check station. Sign-in and sign-out is also available at the Horse Camp.

Di-Lane Plantation WMA

Q C Q b

8,100 acres • 706.595.4222

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.

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 6

Firearms

  • Q400 b Oct. 7-9, 21-23
  • b Nov. 11-13

Turkey

Q20 C Apr. 9-15

Q30 Apr. 16-22, 23-29

Apr. 30-May 15

Small Game & Furbearers

Squirrel hunting area wide during state season on dates open for small game. Rabbit, raccoon, and woodcock hunting permitted South of Rocky Creek only Jan. 1-31 during state season. Rabbit hunting in designated areas only; areas posted at check station.

Aug. 15-Sept. 3, Sept. 5-Oct. 6, Oct. 10-20, Oct. 24-Nov. 30, Dec. 2-3, 5-7, 9-10, 12-14, 16-17, 19-21, 23-28, Dec. 30-Feb. 4, Feb. 6-8, 10-28

Dove

No dove hunting outside of dove fields.

Field 1, Q100 s Sept. 4

Field 2, Q75 C s Sept. 4

Field 1 & 2 s Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, Nov. 20-28

Field 2 Only s Jan. 1-31

Quail

Bag limit: 6/person or 12/party. Quail hunting on designated dates only. Woodcock, snipe, and other gamebirds with an open season may be taken.

Q8 C s Feb. 5

Q8 s Dec. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 29, Feb. 9

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

For information about bird dog field trials call (706) 595-4222.

Directions

From Waynesboro Take HWY 25 South to 4th Street. Turn right on 4th Street/Herndon Rd. and go 9 miles. Follow signs to check station.

Dixon Bay WMA

300 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Nov. 12

Primitive

  • Nov. 13-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Furbearer and alligator hunting prohibited.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No camping.

Directions

From Sylvania Take E. Ogeechee 2.2 miles to jct. of Buck Creek and Brannen’s Bridge Rd., take Brannen’s Bridge Rd. 3.4 miles to jct. of GA HWY 24, continue on Brannen’s Bridge Rd. 5.3 miles to stop sign, turn left on Pine Grove Inn Rd. and go 6 miles; turn right on Sweetheart Rd., go 1.6 miles. Area is on right.

Dixon Memorial WMA

Q b S

35,559 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-28, Oct. 3-6, Oct. 10-15

Primitive

  • : b Sept. 29-Oct. 2 | s Oct. 7-9

Firearms

  • Buck Only s: Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-26
  • : b Nov. 4-6 | s Nov. 24-28
  • Q3 Dog Hunting/Buckshot Only: Nov. 20, Dec. 4

Dog-deer hunting in designated area only. All dogs used in the hunt must be marked with the selected hunter’s name & valid phone number. Designated area is closed during hunts except to hunters with a valid quota permit.

Bear

Bears may not be taken on the Federal portion of Cowhouse Island.

Archery

  • Sept. 23-25

Primitive

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Oct. 7-9

Firearms

  • Nov. 4-6

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Nov. 19, Nov. 21-Dec. 3, Dec. 5-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 4-Oct. 10, Nov. 21-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Special Regs

No airboats. Alligators may not be taken on the Federal portion of Cowhouse Island or Laura S. Walker State Park.

Directions

From Waycross Take U.S. 1 south 6 miles to HWY 177, turn north and follow signs to check station.

Dodge County PFA

Q C A

444 acres • 912.285.6094

Deer

Archery

Nov. 4-14

Turkey

Q2 C Apr. 22-23, Apr. 29-30

Alligator

s Sept. 10-12. Night hunting only.

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

Hunting in designated area only. Area map posted at office and kiosk.

Directions

From Eastman South on U.S. Hwy 23/341 for 3 miles; left on County Rd. 49; go 0.6 miles.

Doerun Pitcherplant Bog WMA

Q C

600 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Archery

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Q1 C Apr. 9-10, 16-17

Small Game

No fox squirrel, fox, or bobcat hunting.

Jan. 10-Feb. 28

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

Doerun Pitcherplant Bog WMA contains rare species and sensitive habitats. To protect these resources, vehicular access is limited. No ATVs or horses allowed. No camping.

Directions

From Doerun Take HWY 133 south two miles; turn left at Natural Area sign.

Dukes Creek—
Smithgall Woods State Park

Q H C

4,500 acres • 706.878.3087

Deer & Bear

Archery

  • Buck Only: Sept. 17-19

Primitive

  • Buck Only: Nov. 10-13

Firearms

  • HC Buck Only: Oct. 15-17
  • Buck Only: Dec. 1-4

Turkey

Q20 Apr. 15-17, Apr. 29-May 1, 13-15

Small Game

Hunting by reservation only. Maximum 10 furbearer hunters/25 small game hunters per hunt period. Reservations must be made beginning Nov. 1 by calling (706) 878-3087.

Dec. 9-11, Jan. 6-8, Feb. 3-5

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & feral hog season.

Directions

From Helen Take HWY 75 north to Robertstown, turn left on Alt. GA 75; go 2.2 miles, turn left into Smithgall Woods at Stone Pillars; follow signs to check station.

Echeconnee Creek WMA

a Archery Only Area

750 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Waterfowl shooting hours end at noon.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No firearms hunting allowed. Access to Ocmulgee River tract is only by boat. No camping.

Directions

From Bonaire (to Ocmulgee River tract) Take GA 96 east for 3.3 miles to boat ramp on Ocmulgee River; go north by boat on river approximately 10.5 miles. Tract is on west bank of the river. From Warner Robins (to Echeconnee Creek tract) From intersection of HWY 247C and HWY 247, take HWY 247 north 3.9 miles; turn right on Feagin Rd.; turn right on Santa Clara Dr.; tract is 0.2 miles on the right and left side of road.

Elbert County WMA

F

2,500 acres • 770.535.5700

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-29
  • Oct. 30-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

Beverly Tract is Archery Only for deer. No camping. Sign-In required only on Vaughter Tract.

Directions

From Elberton This WMA consists of 5 separate tracts in Elbert Co. Beverly Tract: Take GA HWY 72 east 5 miles; turn north on Pearl Mill Rd.; go 1.5 miles to area. Elbert Tract: Take GA HWY 72 east 10 miles to Bobby Brown State Park Rd.; turn south, area is east of road. Heardmont Tract: Take GA HWY 72 east 5 miles; turn north on Pearl Mill Rd.; bear right on Heardmont Rd.; turn right on Johnsontown Rd.; follow to area. Pickens Tract: From Elberton, take HWY 77 north 1.2 miles. Turn right and take Ruckersville Rd 11.4 miles. Turn right onto Turner Hill Rd. Take Turner Hill Rd. 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Cougar Pointe Dr. and follow to entrance sign. Vaughter Tract: Take GA HWY 77 north 3 miles and turn right onto HWY 368; go 3 miles to Harmony Rd.; turn left and continue to entrance sign on right.

Elmodel WMA

B

1,600 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Archery

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

No fox or bobcat hunting.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 4-Oct. 10, Nov. 20-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Quail

Daily bag limit: 3/person. Quail hunting on designated dates only. Hunting party must report harvest at kiosk or online; one survey per party.

s Nov. 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30, Dec. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 28, Jan. 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Special Regs

No camping. Dog training in designated area only.

Directions

From Newton Take HWY 37 north 8 miles; turn left on Jericho Rd.; area is on right.

Evans County PFA

A

400 acres • 912.285.6094

Alligator

s Sept. 3-5. Night hunting only

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season

Special Regs

All hunters must sign-in at PFA office prior to hunting.

Directions

From Claxton Take U.S. HWY 280 east for 8.5 miles; turn right on Old Sunbury Rd.; go 1 mile and turn left on Area Line Rd.; go 0.3 miles, PFA on right.

Fishing Creek WMA

F

2,900 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-29
  • Oct. 30-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 4-Oct. 10, Nov. 20-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Waterfowl

Wed. & Sat. only during state season on waterfowl impoundments. Shooting hours end at noon.

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Directions

From Washington Take HWY 44 East 12.8 miles to O’Hara-Standard Rd.; turn right; at end turn left on Jones Chapel and continue to area. To Waterfowl Area from Lincolnton Take HWY 79 eight miles to Midway Church Rd. and turn left. Go 1.5 miles to sign on right.

Flat Creek PFA

Q C B A

850 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Archery

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

B Aug. 15-Mar. 15

Alligator

Sept. 10-12. Night hunting only.

Dove

C Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25

Oct. 2, 9, Nov. 20-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Waterfowl

Q3 s Nov. 20, 27. Shooting hours end at noon. Wednesdays and Saturdays during 2nd season.

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season

Special Regs

No camping. Bird dog training allowed Aug. 15-Mar. 15 only.

Directions

From Perry Take U.S. HWY 41 south across Flat Creek. Park is on left.

Flat Tub WMA

7,141 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-Nov. 20, Dec. 26-Jan. 9
  • Nov. 21-30

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Special Regs

No ATVs.

Directions

From Douglas Take HWY 441 north 20 miles; turn right onto HWY 107; go 8 miles to WMA sign on left.

Flint River WMA

Q HC Q b

2,300 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.

Archery

  • Sept. 11– 20, Nov. 21-30

Firearms

  • HC Oct. 9-17
  • Q25 s Nov. 4-6 | b Nov. 18-20

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Nov. 3, Nov. 7-17, Nov. 21-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 4, 11, Sept. 18-30, Nov. 21-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Directions

From Vienna Take HWY 27 to HWY 230, turn right; go 1 mile; veer left on River Rd. and go 6 miles to entrance sign.

Fort Yargo State Park

Q b

1,814 acres • 770.867.3489

Deer

Bag limit: 5, no more than 2 antlered

Firearms

Q85 b Nov. 30-Dec 1

Special Regs

Hunters must attend a pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 PM on Nov. 29. Hunt participants will be charged a $30 nonrefundable, nontransferable hunt fee and a $5 Park Pass isrequired. Cabins and campsites may be reserved by calling the Park office at (770) 867-3489. Applicable fees apply. All Park facilities are closed to the public Nov. 30-Dec. 1. No ATVs. No May 16-31 coyote season.

Directions

From Winder: Take HWY 81 Southwest, travel 1.2 miles, follow signs.

Gaither WMA

Q C

2,129 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Archery

  • Oct. 16-24, Nov. 15-17

Firearms

  • Q25 C Dec. 20-26
  • Q25 Nov. 5-7, Jan. 7-9

Turkey

Q10 Apr. 9-15, 16-22, 23-29

Small Game

Waterfowl shooting hours end at noon.

Aug 15-Nov 4, Nov 8-Dec 19, Dec 27-Jan 6, Jan 10-Feb 28

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

Archery-only area is south of Old Post Road and east of Davis Ford Rd; archery only for deer dates.

No horseback riding. Bicycles permitted only for hunter access.

Directions

From Mansfield: Go South on Hwy 11 for 7 miles and turn Right onto Henderson Mill Rd. Proceed 3.7 miles on Henderson Mill Rd and turn Right onto Davis Ford Rd. From there travel 0.4 miles to the Kiosk on the left.

Germany Creek WMA

F

1,200 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-29
  • Oct. 30-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No camping.

Directions

From Thomson take Hwy 150/Cobbham Road 8.9 miles; turn left on Rousseau Creek Road; go 3.3 miles turn left and follow to WMA Kiosk and Parking Area. For access by boat (nearest boat ramp is Raysville Bridge on GA HWY 43 approximately 12 miles north of Thomson). The area is to the east of bridge access.

Grand Bay WMA

C b

8,700 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, Nov. 20-21, Dec. 4-5, 18-19, 25-26, Jan. 1-2

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-10

Firearms

  • C Oct. 2-3
  • b Oct. 16-17 | s Oct. 23-24, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 6-7, 13-14, 27-28, Dec. 11-12

Turkey

C Apr. 9-10, 23-24

Apr. 30-May 1

Small Game

No fox squirrel or furbearer hunting.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Waterfowl

Sat. & Sun. during state season. Shooting hours end at noon.

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season

Special Regs

Harvested deer must be removed from the area whole (no field-dressing). No ATVs or motorcycles. A valid Moody Air Force Base Hunting and Fishing Permit may be substituted for WMA license. Hiking trail from check station closed to hikers during firearms deer hunts. Federal lands within WMA may be closed for military training. No firearms hunting within designated archery-only areas.

Directions

From Valdosta Take U.S. 221 north 8 miles; turn left on Knights Academy Rd.; go 1.5 miles to entrance on right; follow signs to check station.

Griffin Ridge WMA

Q C

5,600 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8, Dec. 4-26

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-17

Firearms

  • C Oct. 29-31
  • Nov. 5-14

Turkey

Q25 C Apr. 9-15

Q25 Apr. 16-22, Apr. 30-May 6, May 7-13

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Special Regs

No ATVs or horses. No vehicles allowed beyond designated parking areas. Camping only at Fountain Hole Camping Area.

Directions

From Ludowici Take U.S. 301 south 2 miles. The area is on the right (north) of highway. First road south of DOT weigh station.

Hannahatchee WMA

S

5,095 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Oct. 16-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 4, 11, Sept. 18-Oct. 10, Nov. 20-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may be hunted with dogs. Dogs must be marked with hunter’s name and a valid phone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Directions

From Richland Take HWY 27 west toward Lumpkin; Go 4 miles to first paved road; turn right and go 3 miles; turn left and go 1 mile to Moore’s Store Rd. (1st dirt road on right); turn right and proceed to check station.

Hard Labor Creek State Park

Q b

5,804 acres • 706.557.3001

Deer

Bag limit: 5, no more than 2 antlered

Firearms

Q250 b Nov. 2-3

Special Regs

Hunters must attend pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 1. Hunt participants will be charged a $30 nonrefundable, nontransferable hunt fee and a $5 ParkPass is required. Cabins and campsites may be reserved by calling the park office at (706) 557-3001; fees apply. Park is closed to the public Nov. 2-3. No ATVs.

Directions

From I-20 From Exit 105 turn north on Newborn Rd. Go 2.3 miles to Rutledge, follow signs.

Hart County WMA

B F

1,000 acres • 770.535.5700

Deer & bear

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-Nov. 11
  • Nov. 12-14

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Dove

Sept. 4, 6, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 20-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Coyote

May 16-31. Feral hogs may also be taken. No dogs allowed.

Directions

From Hartwell Take HWY 77 south 1.5 miles; turn left onto Liberty Rd.; go 4 miles to the end of the pavement at Cedar Creek; the area lies to the south.

Hiltonia WMA

500 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Nov. 12

Primitive

  • Nov. 13-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28. No furbearer season.

Dove

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, Nov. 20-28, Dec. 19-Jan. 31

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No camping.

Directions

From Hiltonia Take GA HWY 24 west 2.7 miles to Hurst Church Rd.; turn left and go 0.7 mile to Sandy Church Rd. Take Sandy Ridge Rd. 1.2 miles to Mt. Pleasant Rd. to enter area.

Horse Creek WMA

HC b B F

8,100 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-15, Sept. 19-Oct. 1, Oct. 4-26, Jan. 1-9

Primitive

  • Sept. 16-18

Firearms

  • HC Oct. 2-3
  • Buck Only: Oct. 27-30
  • b Nov. 18-20 | s Dec. 9-11

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Directions

From Jacksonville Take HWY 117 east 6 miles; turn right at sign; then turn right at information board; follow road to check station.

Hugh Gillis PFA

Q C

700 acres • 912.285.6094

Deer

Archery

Nov. 4-14

Turkey

Q2 C Apr. 15-16, 29-30

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote season

Directions

From East Dublin Go east on U.S. Hwy 80 for 10 mi.; left on Keens Crossing Rd.; go 1.4 mi. to PFA entrance on right.