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2018-2019 Hunting Seasons Summary

August 15, 2018
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Summer has a hold on us, but if you squint through the heat haze you can see a glimpse of autumn around the corner. Students are back to school, the days are growing shorter, and it won't be long before cool breezes drift again through the Georgia pines. 

For some, dreams of autumn include walking through those trees in search of game. 

Nearly all of Georgia's hunting seasons begin in autumn, with a few kicking off in late summer. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently released season dates (PDF) for 2018-19, and we have a summary for you here. 

Before you go, make sure you have the proper licenses and review the latest regulations

2018-2019 Hunting Season Dates

Alligator

You can find alligator regulations on the Wildlife Resources Division website.

Alligator hunts are zone and quota limited. 

The 2018 season is from sunset August 17 to sunrise October 8. 

Small Game and Migratory Birds

You can find small game regulations and migratory bird regulations on the Wildlife Resources Division website.

Crows

November 3 - February 28

No Limit

Dove

September 1 - 16
October 13 - 31
November 22 - January 15

15 per day,
45 in possession

Fox and Bobcat

December 1 - February 28

No Limit

Falconry
(Squirrel)

August 15 - March 15

12 per day

Falconry
(Grouse)

October 1 - March 15

3 per day

Falconry
(Rabbit)

October 1 - March 15

12 per day

Falconry
(Quail)

October 1 - March 15

12 per day

Grouse

October 15 - February 28

3 per day

March Hens

September 21 - November 11
November 22 - December 29

15 per day

Opossum

October 15 - February 28

No Limit

Quail and Rabbit

November 17 - February 28

12 per day

Raccoon

October 15 - February 28

3 per day

Snipe

November 15 - February 28

8 per day

Squirrel

August 15 - February 28

12 per day

Woodcock

December 8 - January 21

3 per day 

Bear

Archery:
September 8 - January 13
Northern Zone only

Primitive Weapons:
October 13 - January 13
Northern Zone only

Firearms:
October 20 - January 13
Northern Zone

January 12
Central Zone

September 20-22
September 27-29
October 4-6
October 11-13
Southern Zone

Hunters are limited to 2 bears per season, with only 1 from the Southern and Central Bear Zones. You cannot kill a female bear with cubs or any bears under 75 pounds.

Bear Hunting Zones

Northern Zone: All counties north of and including Carroll, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, and Hart counties.

Central Zone: Bibb, Houston, and Twiggs counties

Southern Zone: Lowndes, Lanier, Echols, Clinch, Ware, Charlton, and Brantley counties

Deer

Archery:
September 8 - January 13

Extended to January 31 in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Rockdale counties.

Primitive Weapons:
October 13 - January 13

Firearms:
October 20 - January 13

Not permitted in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties (north of Highway 92), and the part of Glynn County that’s on Jekyll Island.

Hunters are limited to 12 deer per season, with antler and other restrictions.

New rules for 2019-19 season allow the use of bait on private property throughout the state. 

Turkey

March 23, 2019 - May 15, 2019

Hunters are limited to 3 gobblers per season.

Reporting Requirements for Bear, Deer, and Turkey

State law requires you to report your deer and turkey harvests within 72 hours.

If you have a smartphone and service while hunting, you can report through the Outdoors Georgia mobile app or on the Georgia Game Check website.

If you don’t have service, log the details on a paper Harvest Record, then report later online or by phone: 800-366-2661. 

Bear harvest reporting requirements vary by zone. Make sure you know which ones apply to your hunt.

Where Should I Hunt?

Want to know where your fellow hunters are having success hunting turkey and deer? Review the Go Outdoors Georgia Harvest Results for the past 2 seasons, sortable by county. 

Review the Deer Management Q&A page for deer hunting tips.

Make sure you know the different requirements for hunting on public land versus private land

Don't Forget

Applications for 2018 deer quota hunts on state land are due September 1. 

You can also look forward to National Hunting and Fishing Day September 22. 

Sign up now for Hunt and Learn programs this fall.

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Jon Suggs

About the Author

Jon Suggs is the Content Strategist for Digital Services Georgia. He writes on a variety of topics for Georgia.gov.

Jon is a Georgia native and former journalist who has worked in state government for more than a decade.

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