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

Hart County Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
GA Hwy. 77 Alt. E.
Hartwell, GA 30643
770-535-5700

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Heard County Sportsman’s Club

Presidential Pathways
Hwy. 100 N.
Franklin, GA 30217
770-876-3434

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High Pine Lodge

Presidential Pathways
1546 Mill Pond Rd.
Buena Vista, GA 31803
706-326-3786

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High Point Quail

Atlanta Metro
500 Price Dr.
Locust Grove, GA 30248
770-231-7921

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Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area

Magnolia Midlands
1172 E. River Rd.
Jacksonville, GA 31544
229-426-5267

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Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
7 miles outside Woodbury toward Gay
Gay, GA 30286
478-825-6354

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Jot Em Down Outdoors

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

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Lake Allatoona

Historic High Country
1138 GA Hwy. 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30120
678-721-6700

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Lake Oconee – Greene County

Classic South
1034 Silver Drive Suite 201
Greensboro, GA 30642
706-453-0380

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Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. 123
Cornelia, GA 30563
770-535-5700

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Lenox River Ranch

Plantation Trace
140 Albert Brady Rd.
Lenox, GA 31637
229-563-3061

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Little Satilla Wildlife Management Area

Georgia Coast
Hwy. 84
Patterson, GA 31557
912-262-3173

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Live Oak Plantation

Plantation Trace
675 Plantation Rd.
Adel, GA 31620-7489
229-896-2112

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Morrison Pines Plantation

Plantation Trace
577 Lower Meigs Rd.
Moultrie, GA 31768
229-985-7272

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Mossy Pond Retrievers

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

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Myrtlewood Hunting Plantation

Plantation Trace
Lower Cairo Rd.
Thomasville, GA 31792
229-228-6232

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Noontootla Creek Farms

Historic High Country
3668 Newport Rd.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-838-0585

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Okefenokee Sporting Clays

Georgia Coast
241 Swamp Perimeter Rd.
Folkston, GA 31537
912-496-2417

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Ossabaw Island

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

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Partridge Pea Plantation

Plantation Trace
9430 Doverel Hwy.
Dawson, GA 39842
229-343-2580

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Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area

Historic High Country
U.S. 278
Dallas, GA 30028
706-295-6041

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Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

Historic Heartland
718 Juliette Rd.
Round Oak, GA 31029
478-986-5441

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Pine Ridge Hunting Plantation

Plantation Trace
1951 Edison Hwy.
Fort Gaines, GA 39851
229-768-2110

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Quail Branch Lodge

Plantation Trace
7601 Zeigler Rd.
Lake Park, GA 31636
229-559-0717

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Quail Country Lodge and Conference Center

Plantation Trace
1134 Quail Country Rd.
Arlington, GA 39813
229-725-4645

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Red Fern Plantation

Magnolia Midlands
1640 Red Fern Lane
Statesboro, GA 30461
912-531-2482

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Red Pebble Farms

Plantation Trace
10728 Hwy. 29 N.
Rebecca, GA 31783
229-643-1888

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Reynolds Memorial Nature Preserve

Atlanta Metro
5665 Reynolds Rd.
Morrow, GA 30260
770-603-4188

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Richmond Hill Wildlife Management Area

Georgia Coast
U.S. Hwy. 144
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-756-2676

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Rocky Mountain Recreation and Fishing Area

Historic High Country
4054 Big Texas Valley Rd.
Rome, GA 30165
706-802-5087

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