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WMA Regulations: Q-S

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

Rayonier Corridor Lands WMA

41 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer & Turkey

Area closed to deer & turkey hunting.

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

WMA consists of 300 ft wide section of non-contiguous property on the Wayne County side of the Altamaha River, extending from mile 61 (Doe Eddy) to 1.2 miles down river.

red top mountain state park

Q b

770.975.0055

deer

Firearms

Bag limit: 5, no more than 2 antlered

Q50 b Nov. 16-17

Special Regs

Hunters must attend pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 15. Hunt participants will be charged a $30 nonrefundable, nontransferable hunt fee and a $5 ParkPass is required. Cabins and campsites (hunters only) are available and may be reserved through the park office at (770) 975-0055. Park is closed to the public Nov. 16-17. No ATVs.

Directions

From Atlanta: Take I-75 North to Acworth exit 285, turn right on Red Top Mountain Rd, follow signs.

Redlands WMA

Q C F

37,500 acres • 770.535.5700

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-29
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 30, Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

F Aug. 15-Feb. 28. Furbearers may not be hunted during firearms deer hunt.

Dove

Q80 C s Sept. 4

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

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No hunting on Dyars Pasture MARSH pond.

Directions

From Greensboro Take GA HWY 15 north 9 miles; check station on left.

Redlands WMA—
Watsons Springs Area

F

770.535.5700

Deer

Archery

Sept. 11-Nov. 30, Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

F Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Directions

From Greensboro Take GA HWY 15 north 9 miles; check station on left.

Reed Bingham State Park

229.896.3551

alligator

Alligator hunting by special permit only; open only to hunters selected for alligator zone #4 who apply and are selected for the park hunt. Interested hunters must call 229-896-3551 no later than close of business on July 31 to apply. Selected hunters will be charged a $30 nonrefundable, nontransferable hunt fee and a $5 Park Pass is required. Only alligators between 48-96 inches are legal. Hunting is only allowed Sunday nights through Thursday nights (30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise) during state season. No ATVs.

Directions

From Tifton: Take I-75 South to Adel exit 39, turn right on HWY 37, follow signs.

Rich Mountain WMA

b

19,955 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer & bear

Archery

  • Buck Only: Sept. 11-Nov. 22, Nov. 29-Jan. 1

Firearms

  • Buck Only b Nov. 23-28

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No ATVs

Directions

From Ellijay Take HWY 515 north 7 miles to Co. Road 151; turn right, go 4 miles to Stanley Creek check station.

Rich Mountain WMA— Cartecay Tract

A

2,142 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer & bear

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No ATVs. Horse & bicycle trails and areas are closed before 10:00 a.m. during deer, bear & turkey seasons.

Directions

From East Ellijay: Take Hwy 52E 2.7 miles. Turn right onto Canoe Launch Rd. Go approx 0.2 mile and turn left to archery range parking area and kiosk.

Richard B. Russell State Park

Q W b

2,508 acres • 706.213.2045

deer

Firearms

Bag limit: 5, no more than 2 antlered

Q60 b Dec. 7-8

Q20 W b Dec. 7-8

Special Regs

Hunters must attend pre-hunt meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 6. Hunt participants will be charged a $30 nonrefundable, nontransferable hunt fee and a $5 ParkPass is required. Cabins and campsites (hunters only) may be reserved through the park office at (706) 213-2045. Park is closed to the public Dec. 7-8. No ATVs. Wheelchair hunters must apply by letter by Oct. 15 to: Wheelchair Hunt RBR State Park, 2650 Russell State Park Drive, Elberton, GA 30635.

Directions

From Elberton: Take GA-77 Northeast 1.2 miles, turn right on Ruckersville Rd, travel 7.9 miles, turn right on Russell State Park Rd.

Richmond Hill WMA

F B S A

7,400 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-17
  • Oct. 18-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

F B Aug. 15-Feb. 28. No furbearer hunting/dog training in Archery Only areas.

Coyote

May 16-31

Directions

From Richmond Hill Take HWY 144 east to Oak Level Rd. or Kilkenny Rd. and follow signs.

River Bend WMA

Q HC W b A

3,670 acres • 229.426.5267

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-30, Oct. 4-15

Firearms

  • W s Oct. 2-3
  • HC Oct. 22-24
  • b Nov. 11-13 | s Dec. 2-4

Turkey

Q15 Apr. 9-15, Apr. 16-22

Apr. 23-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Oct. 1, Oct. 4-Feb. 28

Dove

Q30 s Sept. 4

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

Waterfowl

Waterfowl may be hunted on impoundment and its dikes/roads only on Wed., Sat., & Sun. during statewide season. 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 Dublin Take I-16 east to Exit 58 (HWY 199); turn south and go 0.3 miles; road to check station is on right.

River Creek, The Rolf & Alexandra Kauka WMA

Q C Q b

2,437 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. 18-26, Oct. 9-17

Firearms

  • Q35 s Nov. 3-6 | b Dec. 1-4
  • Q35 C Dec. 20-22
  • Antlerless Only: Jan. 2-4

Turkey

  • Q5 C Apr. 9-11, 16-18
  • Q5 Apr. 23-25

Small Game

No fox squirrel, bobcat or fox hunting.

Jan. 23-Feb. 8

Dove

Q15 C s Sept. 4, 11.

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.

Q3 s Nov. 13, 20, 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 1, 22

s Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 8, 29, Jan. 4, 5

Q3 C s Jan. 29

Waterfowl

Q3 C s Dec. 18, Jan. 8, 15

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Directions

From Thomasville Take U.S. HWY 84 west approx. 4 miles. WMA entrance is on left approx. 0.9 mile after crossing the Ochlockonee River Bridge.

Rocky Mountain Recreation Area & PFA

a Archery Only Area, except waterfowl

3,000 acres • 706.802.5087

Deer & bear

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Waterfowl

Antioch Lake: Jan. 1-31, except no Sunday hunting.

Heath Lake: State season

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

Daily use fee (per vehicle) required for all users. Waterfowl hunters only may use firearms. No ATVs. All activities prohibited on upper and lower reservoirs.

Directions

From Rome Take U.S. 27 north 10.4 miles; turn left on Sikes Storey Rd.; go 0.4 miles; turn left on Big Texas Valley Rd.; go 5.4 miles to entrance.

Rogers WMA

F

3,500 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-17
  • Oct. 18-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

F Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No camping.

Directions

From Hortense Take HWY 301 north to McKinnon. Turn left at Rogers Tract sign and cross over railroad tracks.

Rogers State Prison Farm Dove Fields

538 acres • 229-426-5267

Dove

s Sept. 4, 11, 18

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season

Special Regs

Dove hunters check in at the Rogers State Prison office prior to entering dove fields. In addition, hunters must sign-in at the kiosks located at the entrance to each field prior to hunting. A map of the fields is located in the kiosks (and on our website) with designated parking areas marked on the maps. No ATVs or UTVs allowed on the fields. No hunting within 100 yards of residences or 50 yards of county roads. Hunters must use open gates to access fields; DO NOT climb fences. Please do not litter, including spent shotgun shells. Extra caution should be taken to ensure no live shells are left on the field.

Directions

From Reidsville take GA Highway 147 approximately 6.5 miles to intersection with Hwy 178. Turn left on Hwy 178 and proceed 1.5 miles to dirt road on the right that leads to entrance of field 1 and the parking area.

Rum Creek WMA

Q HC b

5,884 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 3, Nov. 20-Dec. 3

Firearms

  • HC Oct. 4-10
  • Q200 b Oct. 21-23
  • Q200 Either-sex Last Day b: Nov. 11-13

Turkey

Q25C Apr. 9-15, 23-29

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

C May 7-13

Small Game

Aug. 15-Oct. 20, Oct. 24-Nov. 10, Nov. 14-Feb. 28

Dove

Q75 s Sept. 4, 11

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

Waterfowl

Shooting hours end at noon for all areas. Area west of Juliette Rd. is only open for 2 youth quota hunts.

  • MARSH Project Q3 C s Dec. 18, Jan. 15
  • East of Ebenezer Rd. (includes Lake Juliette): Open for all hunters. Federal Youth Waterfowl Days & Wed.-Sun., during state season. No motor in excess of 25 hp may be operated on Lake Juliette.
  • Youth Area: Between Juliette Rd. and Ebenezer Rd. only youth may hunt. Federal Youth Waterfowl Days & Wed.-Sun., during state season.

Coyote

May 16 - 31

Directions

From Forsyth Take Hwy 18 east 7 miles to Rum Creek Drive on your left then proceed to the check station on your right.

Rum Creek WMA—
Berry Creek Area

a Archery Only Area

161 acres • 706.595.4222

Deer

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No firearms hunting allowed. No camping. No hog dogs.

Directions

From Forsyth Take Hwy 18 east 7 miles to Rum Creek Drive on your left then proceed to the check station on your right.

Sandhills WMA - East

B

892 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Archery

Sept. 11- Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

No fox squirrel hunting.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Waterfowl

Federal Youth Waterfowl Days & State Season. Shooting hours end at noon.

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

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

Directions

From Butler: From the intersection of HWY 96 and HWY 19, go west 2.6 miles to Taylor County Industrial Park; turn right; kiosk is immediately on the left side of the road.

Sandhills WMA - West

B

2,498 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-10
  • Buck Only: Oct. 11-15

Firearms

  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-Nov. 5, 8-26, Nov. 29-Dec. 4, Dec. 27-Jan. 9
  • Nov. 6-7, 27-28, Dec. 25-26

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

No fox squirrel hunting.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Waterfowl

Federal Youth Waterfowl Days & Sat. Only during state season. 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 telephone number; no night hunting; hogs must be killed immediately upon capture.

Special Regs

Camping in designated areas only. Bird dog training allowed Aug. 15-Mar. 15.

Directions

From Butler: From the intersection of HWY 96/HWY 19 in Butler, GA, take HWY 96 west 13.2 miles. Turn left on HWY 90 and go 2.2 miles, then left on Fox Run Rd. Continue 2.2 miles and the WMA entrance will be on your right.

Sansavilla WMA

Q C F b

16,867 acres • 912.262.3173

WMA includes the Wire Road Tract.

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-22, Sept. 27-Oct. 5, Oct. 10-22, Oct. 30-Nov. 26

Firearms

  • C b Sept. 24-26
  • b Oct. 7-9 | s Nov. 27-Dec. 26, Dec. 29-Jan. 9
  • Buck Only: Oct. 23-29
  • Q1 Buckshot Only/Dog Deer/ s: Dec. 27-28

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

No furbearer hunting or dog training in Archery Only areas.

Aug. 15-Dec. 26, Dec. 29-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

Dog-deer hunting allowed in designated areas only. All dogs must be marked with the selected hunter’s name and phone number. All vehicles used in the dog-deer hunt must display DNR issued permit on vehicle dash. Hunting area is closed to all users during dog-deer hunts except to hunters with a valid quota permit. Archery only area is archery equipment for deer only.

Directions

From Brunswick Take U.S. 341 north to Mt. Pleasant, south of Jesup; Turn right on Howard Rd.; Check Station is on left (17 miles from Brunswick).

Sapelo Island WMA

Q C b F

9,000 acres • 912.262.3173

Deer

Maps of open hunting areas available at the Sapelo WMA sign-in kiosks, Brunswick DNR office, and georgiawildlife.com

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 3, Nov. 22-Jan. 9

Primitive

  • Q125 b Oct. 21-23

Firearms

  • C b Oct. 8-10
  • Q125 b Nov. 4-6, Nov. 18-20

Small Game

F Aug. 15-Oct. 7, Oct. 11-20, Oct. 24-Nov. 3, Nov. 7-17, Nov. 21-Feb. 28

FERAL HOG

Mar. 1-May 31

Coyote

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

Special Regs

Reservations for transportation on state boat for quota deer hunts must be made through the Sapelo Island Visitor Center (912) 437-3224. No reservations will be accepted until you receive your selection notice. Visitor Center Hours: Tues.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday & Monday. Stream anchorage may be required for hunters using their own boats. Hunter access is allowed only at Moses Hammock Dock at head of Duplin River. No motorized vehicles allowed on island. Hunters may check in starting at 9:00 a.m. EST one day prior to hunt. Camps must be removed by noon on the day following each hunt. Departures and returns from deer hunting must be made from Moses Hammock campsite. Hunters are required to stay outside the boundaries of the safety zones.

Ferry Restrictions: There is limited space on the ferry, so please limit the amount and size of your gear; propane fuel only; guns must be unloaded and cased for transport on ferry; no folding chairs or tables, ladder stands, bicycles, or excessively large boxes; climbing stands are OK; coolers are limited to one 48 qt. per guest or one 96 qt. per two guests. Rolling garbage cans and carts are not allowed on the ferry. For information on local charter options or transportation to the Moses Hammock hunt camp, please contact the Sapelo Island Visitors Center (912) 437-3224. If you do not take the ferry to the island you may not return to the mainland via the ferry.

Directions

From Savannah Take I-95 south to Exit 58; turn left on GA HWY 57; go 1 mile to flashing light; continue straight on HWY 99, go 9.1 mi. to Landing Rd. (in Meridian); turn left and proceed to Sapelo Island Visitors Center.

Sheffield WMA

Q F

5,342 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer & bear

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Jan. 1

Turkey

Q10 Apr. 9-17, Apr. 23-May 1

May 2-15

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

F Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No ATVs.

Directions

From Cartersville: Take HWY 61 south 13.2 miles to Braswell Mountain Rd.; turn right; go 2.4 miles to Lee Rd.; turn right and proceed 1.2 miles to area.

From Dallas: Take HWY 61 north 6.2 miles to Braswell Mountain Rd.; turn left; go 2.4 miles to Lee Rd.; turn right and proceed 1.2 miles to area.

Silver Lake WMA

Q C b

9,200 acres • 229.430.4254

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8, Jan. 10-31

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-17

Firearms

  • Oct. 28-30
  • Q160 b Dec. 16-18
  • Buck Only: Nov. 13-26, Dec. 25-Jan. 9

Turkey

Q35 Apr. 9-13, Apr. 28-May 2

C Apr. 21-25

May 5-15

Small Game

No fox squirrel, bobcat or fox hunting.

Aug. 15-Nov. 5, Nov. 7-Dec. 3, Dec. 5-10, 12-15, Dec. 19-Jan. 14, 16-21, 23-28, Jan. 30-Feb. 28

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.

Q3 s Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 11, Jan. 15, 22, 29

Q1C s Nov. 6, Dec. 4, 11, Jan. 15, 22, 29

s Nov. 29, Dec. 20

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Directions

From Bainbridge Take HWY 253 south 2.7 miles; go left on Ten Mile Still Rd.; travel 6 miles; turn right on Silver Lake Rd.; travel 2.9 miles; turn left onto WMA access road. Check station is 0.8 miles on the right.

Soap Creek WMA

F

1,000 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

F Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No camping.

Directions

From Lincolnton Take HWY 79 north 2 miles. Turn right on New Petersburg Rd. Sign-In board is on left.

Spirit Creek Forest WMA

a Archery Only Area, except small game

570 acres • 706.595.4222

Spirit Creek Forest is a multi-use forest; other users may be present during open hunting seasons. Gates may be open/closed at the discretion of Georgia Forestry Commission. Please see WMA maps for safety zones.

Deer

Sept. 11-Jan. 1

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Shotguns may be used. No furbearer dog hunting.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28.

Coyote

No May 16-31 coyote & hog season.

Special Regs

No camping. No ATVs.

Directions

From Augusta: take GA Hwy 56 (Mike Padgett Hwy) south, turn right onto Old Waynesboro Rd, travel 1.7 miles and turn right onto McDade Rd, travel 1.6 miles and turn right onto Smokey Rd, access road is approximately 0.4 miles on right.

Sprewell Bluff WMA - East

1,330 acres • 706.295.6041

The East Tract includes property east of the Flint River.

Deer

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Shotgun & archery only. No furbearer dog hunting. No night hunting. Waterfowl hours end at noon.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

May 16-31

Special Regs

No hunting in park day-use area. No camping.

Directions

From Thomaston to Sprewell Bluff Tract Take HWY 36 west 6 miles to Roland; turn right on Alabama Rd.; turn left and follow paved road to area.

Sprewell Bluff WMA - West

F

5,200 acres • 706.295.6041

Deer

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

Archery

  • Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Primitive

  • Oct. 9-10
  • Buck Only: Oct. 11-15

Firearms

  • Nov. 6-7, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 25-26
  • Buck Only: Oct. 16-Nov. 5, Nov. 8-26, Nov. 29-Dec. 24, Dec. 27-Jan. 9

Turkey

Apr. 9-May 15

Small Game

Waterfowl hours end at noon.

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

F Aug. 15-Mar. 15.

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 Regulations

The West Tract includes property west of the Flint River. Camping in designated areas only.

Directions

From Manchester at JCT of HWY 85 and Hill St (Chalybeate Springs Rd), go east 3.2 miles, turn left on Mitchell Cove Rd, go 0.7 miles and then turn right on Tom Brown Rd. Go 0.8 miles to WMA entrance and kiosk.

Standing Boy Creek Recreation Area

Q C

1,580 acres • 229.460.4254

Deer

Archery

Sept. 11-Jan. 9

Turkey

Q10 C Apr. 9-15, 16-22

Q10 Archery Only: Apr. 23-29

Small Game

Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Coyote

No May 16-31 hog & coyote season.

Special Regs

No camping. No ATVs.

Directions

From Columbus Take HWY 219 north. Turn left on Old River Rd., go 1.5 miles. Tract on left.

Swallow Creek WMA

b

19,000 acres • 770.535.5700

Deer & bear

Archery

  • Buck Only: Sept. 11-Oct. 8

Firearms

  • Buck Only: b Nov. 18-21, Dec. 9-12 | s Dec. 26-Jan. 1

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.

Directions

From Cleveland Take HWY 75 north 20 miles to GA 180; continue on HWY 75 for 1 mile and turn left at check station sign.