DO IT: Hunting

Hunting and Shooting: On Target in Georgia

Hunting is a big-time sport in Georgia. Throughout the state, you’ll find quail hunting plantations and
hunting lodges, often with horseback riding, skeet shooting, fishing, and hiking.

Georgia has nearly 100 Wildlife Management Areas with approximately 1 million acres of public hunting lands. Nearly every part of the state has at least one WMA within a one-hour drive.

Hunting is also allowed on certain National Wildlife Reserves under specific conditions. For more information, click here.

Forest corporations own about 2.5 million acres of Georgia forestland. Most operate recreational access (hunting lease) programs as a formal part of their business model. Large providers specific to Georgia include CatchMark, Rayonier, Westervelt, and Weyerhaeuser. Their websites provide information on lands available for lease for hunting.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) establishes hunting seasons and limits for various game animals, including when hunters can use bows, primitive weapons, firearms, or falconry. Regulated animals include deer, bear, turkey, squirrel, alligator, fox, bobcat, opossum, raccoon, rabbit, quail, grouse, crows, dove, woodcock, snipe, marsh hens, and waterfowl.

Residents and non-residents born on or after January 1, 1961 must successfully complete a hunter education course prior to purchasing a season hunting license. However, a hunter education course is not required to purchase an Apprentice License or a three (3) day Combo Hunting/Fishing License. Hunter education courses certified or mandated by any state wildlife agency or Canadian province are accepted. Hunter Education is not required to hunt on one’s own land or land of a parent or guardian.

Hunting is the backbone of wildlife conservation in the United States. Hunting license sales determine not only the amount of federal funds Georgia receives, but they also generate revenue that goes directly back into conservation. To continue its conservation mission, Georgia’s DNR has established programs to help pass the love of hunting on to the next generation. A mentoring program connects new hunters with experienced ones. Hunt & Learn programs help new hunters and their mentors to develop their outdoor skills. And the Field to Fork program recruits adults interested in learning to hunt for food.

For the current hunting regulations, click here.

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Hunting - Locations

Mossy Pond Retrievers

Georgia Coast
3099 Mayberry Rd.
Patterson, GA 31557
912-288-1549

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]
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Victoria Bryant State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1105 Bryant Park Rd.
Royston, GA 30662
706-245-6270

[Total: 4    Average: 4.5/5]
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Jot Em Down Outdoors

Georgia Coast
3425 U.S. Hwy. 84 W.
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-449-0095

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]
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Chattahoochee Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. Alt. 75 and GA Hwy. 75 N.
Helen, GA 30545
706-535-5700

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Towns Bluff RV Park & Heritage Center

Magnolia Midlands
45 Riverwood Trail
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
912-379-9303

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Explore Highway 341

Magnolia Midlands
9 East Oak St.
McRae-Helena, GA 31055
229-868-6365

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]
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Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area

Georgia Coast
U.S. Hwy. 17
Darien, GA 31525
912-262-3173

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Sprewell Bluff Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
740 Sprewell Bluff Rd.
Thomaston, GA 30286
478-825-6354

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Cohutta Wilderness Area

Historic High Country
3941 U.S. Hwy. 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705-6378
706-695-6736

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Ossabaw Island

Georgia Coast
22814 GA Hwy. 144
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-727-2112

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Georgia State Parks

Atlanta Metro
2600 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-389-7286

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Red Top Mountain State Park

Atlanta Metro
50 Lodge Rd.
Acworth, GA 30102
770-975-0055

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Stephen C. Foster State Park

Plantation Trace
17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631-5004
912-637-5274

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Smithgall Woods State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
601 Tsalaki Tr.
Helen, GA 30545
706-878-3087

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Clarks Hill Lake Wildlife Management Area

Classic South
Smith Mill Rd.
Thomson, GA 30680
706-595-4222

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Brannen Outfitters

Historic Heartland
106 Ag Village Boulevard
Perry, GA 31069
478-224-1616

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Allatoona Lake and Visitors Center

Historic High Country
1138 GA Hwy. 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30121
678-721-6700

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Aska Trails

Historic High Country
152 Orvin Lance Dr.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-5680

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Backwoods Hunting Preserve

Georgia Coast
Rt. 1 Box 2280
St. George, GA 31562
904-334-6757

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Barnsley Gardens Resort

Historic High Country
597 Barnsley Gardens Rd.
Adairsville, GA 30103
770-773-7480

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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BeaverCreekPlantation

Classic South
3698Hwy.80E.
Twin City, GA 30471
478-763-2920

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Big Lazar Wildlife Management Area and Public Fishing Area

Presidential Pathways
Bunkham Rd. 4 miles east of Talbotton on U.S. Hwy. 80
Talbotton, GA 31827
706-845-4180

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Big Red Oak Plantation Shooting Preserve

Presidential Pathways
8428 Greenville St.
Gay, GA 30218
706-538-6870

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Blanton Creek Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 103 S.
Hamilton, GA 30286
478-825-6354

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Blue Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 52 W. or GA Hwy. 60 N.
Dahlonega, GA 30533
770-535-5700

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Blue Ridge, Georgia

Historic High Country
152 Orvin Lance Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-5680

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Boggs Creek Day Use Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
U.S. Hwy. 129 N.
Cleveland, GA 30528
706-745-6928

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Boggy Pond Plantation

Plantation Trace
1084 Lanier Rd.
Moultrie, GA 31768
229-985-7772

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Broad River Natural Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. 79 W.
Elberton, GA 30635
770-535-5700

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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Brush Creek Sporting Club

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1631 Moriah Church Rd.
Colbert, GA 30628
706-788-2910

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]
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