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

Sandy Springs

Atlanta Metro
5920 Roswell Rd., Ste. A-118
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
866-511-7742

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Shooting Grounds at Barnsley Gardens

Historic High Country
597 Barnsley Gardens Rd.
Adairsville, GA 30103
770-773-9230

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Silver Shoe Ranch

Historic High Country
PO Box 1111
Resaca, GA 30735
770-548-2200

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Sprewell Bluff Park

Presidential Pathways
700 Sprewell Bluff Rd.
Thomaston, GA 30286
706-601-6711

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Standing Boy Creek

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 219 N. to Old River Rd.
Columbus, GA 31904
478-825-6354

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Stoddard’s Range

Atlanta Metro
5840 Bankhead Hwy.
Douglasville, GA 30134
678-838-4848

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Swallow Creek Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. 75
Hiawassee, GA 30546
770-535-5700

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Tallulah Gorge State Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
338 Jane Hurt Yarn Dr.
Tallulah Falls, GA 30573
706-754-7970

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Taylor Creek Hunting Club

Presidential Pathways
3645 Roosterville Rd.
Roopville, GA 30170
770-328-0884

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The Cloister at Sea Island

Georgia Coast
100 Cloister Dr.
Sea Island, GA 31561
912-638-3611

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Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area

Magnolia Midlands
Brannens Bridge Rd.
Sylvania, GA 30467
912-829-3331

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West Point Lake

Presidential Pathways
500 Resource Management Dr.
West Point, GA 31833
706-645-2937

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West Point Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
GA Hwy. 219 N.
LaGrange, GA 30240
478-825-6354

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Wildcat Creek I and II Campgrounds

Northeast Georgia Mountains
West Wildcat Road
Clayton, GA 30525
706-490-1246

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Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. 365 on Yonah Rd.
Homer, GA 30547
770-535-5700

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Winfield Campground – Clarks Hill Lake

Classic South
7701 Winfield Rd.
Appling, GA 30802
877-444-6777

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Woods-n-WaterHuntingandFishing

Classic South
111 IndustrialDr.
Wrightsville, GA 31558
478-864-9108

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