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

Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort

Presidential Pathways
895 Baptist Camp Rd.
Griffin, GA 30223
770-227-6569

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Chestatee Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off U.S. Hwy. 19
Cleveland, GA 30528
770-535-5700

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City of Hazlehurst

Magnolia Midlands
25 E. Coffee St.
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
912-209-8805

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Clarks Hill Lake Wildlife Management Area

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

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Clay Hill Hunting

Plantation Trace
728 Days Ave.
Morris, GA 39867
229-768-2820

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Cohutta Wilderness Area

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

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Cohutta Wildlife Management Area

Historic High Country
North GA Mountains
Blue Ridge, GA 30540
706-635-7400

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Conasauga District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

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

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Cooper’s Creek Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 60 and GA Hwy. 180
Blairsville, GA 30572
770-535-5700

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Covey Rise Plantation

Plantation Trace
3929 River Rd.
Camilla, GA 31730-5841
229-336-8600

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Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA

Historic High Country
Rocky Lane Rd.
Lafayette, GA 30728
706-295-6041

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Cypress Springs Wildlife Retreat

Plantation Trace
GA Hwy. 200
Blakely, GA 39837
229-758-5390

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Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 53 W.
Dawsonville, GA 30534
770-535-5700

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Di-Lane Plantation Wildlife Management Area

Classic South
4854HerndonRd.
Waynesboro, GA 30830
706-360-2460

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Dorchester Shooting Preserve

Georgia Coast
2640 Sunbury Rd.
Midway, GA 31320
912-884-6999

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Elbert County Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. 72
Elberton, GA 30635
770-595-4222

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Elijah Clark State Park

Classic South
2959 McCormick Hwy.
Lincolnton, GA 30817
706-359-3458

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Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park and Etowah Valley Game Preserve

Northeast Georgia Mountains
619 Sporting Hill Drive
Dawsonville, GA 30534
706-265-1611

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Explore Highway 341

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

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Fernbank Science Center

Atlanta Metro
156 Heaton Park Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30307
678-874-7102

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Five Star Lodge & Stables

Historic High Country
775 Burgess Gap Rd.
Morganton, GA 30560
828-788-4946

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Flat Creek Lodge

Classic South
367 Bishop Chapel Church Rd.
Swainsboro, GA 30401
478-237-3474

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Flint River Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 27 to Hwy. 230 on River Rd.
Vienna, GA 31015
229-430-4254

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Foxhall Resort

Atlanta Metro
8000 Capps Ferry Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30134
770-489-4380

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Garland Mountain Sporting Clays

Historic High Country
2618 Garland Mountain Trail
Waleska, GA 30183
770-345-0303

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Gator Creek Sporting Clays

Magnolia Midlands
144 Shooting Clay Ln
Alamo, GA 30411
(912) 568-1910

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Gopher Plantation

Magnolia Midlands
312 Gopher Ln.
Millwood, GA 31552-3006
912-284-1722

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Gravel Hill Shooting Preserve

Georgia Coast
133 Greybeard Ln.
Hinesville, GA 31313
912-977-1366

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Griffin Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Magnolia Midlands
Hwy. 301
Ludowici, GA 31316
912-262-3173

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Hannahatchee Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 27 W.
Richland, GA 31814
229-430-4254

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