Georgia Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018

Heading down to Georgia will offer chances to snag large and small game. From deer, bear, turkey and even alligators, Georgia hunting seasons provide several opportunities to bag the harvest of your choice.

Georgia provides several options for purchasing hunting licenses and permits. Hunters can obtain them through a license agent, over the phone or by way of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website. Both residents and nonresidents are able to purchase licenses and apply for special permits and passes online.

The state also offers several programs beneficial to new and seasoned hunters. Junior and first time hunters can participate in Hunt and Learn programs, which overview skills necessary for hunting and processing wild game. More experienced hunters may find interest in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA) program, which pairs hunters with nearby state hunting locations. WMA’s also host specialty hunts for a variety of hunting levels and groups.

Deer Seasons

Archery – Bucks and Does

Sept. 9-Jan. 14

Extended Archery – Bucks and Does
Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett & Rockdale Counties

Sept. 9-Jan. 31

Primitive Weapons

Oct. 14-Jan. 14


Oct. 21-Jan. 14

*Permits are required for deer hunt. Only 7,500 permits are issued. Specialty hunts, such as the disability hunting season, require permits. Nonresident junior hunters are not allowed to hunt during the youth hunt season.
**Some counties have special regulations regarding the use of firearms and what is considered a legal deer

Bear Seasons

Northern Zone

Archery: Sept. 9-Jan. 14
Primitive Weapons: Oct. 14-Jan. 14
Firearms: Oct. 21-Jan. 14

Central Zone

Firearms: Jan. 13

Southern Zone

Firearms: Sept. 21-23
Sept. 28-30
Oct. 5-7
Oct. 12-14

Turkey Seasons

General Season

Mar. 24-May 15

3 gobblers per season

Alligator Seasons

General Season

Aug. 18-Oct. 2

*Permits are required to hunt alligator, and only one alligator can be harvested per year.

Small Game Seasons


Nov.45-Feb. 28

No Limit

Fox, Bobcat

Dec. 1-Feb. 28

No Limit


Oct. 15-Feb. 28

3 per day

Marsh Hens

Sept. 15-Nov. 5
Nov. 23-Dec. 10

15 per day


Oct. 15-Feb. 28

No Limit


Nov. 18-Feb. 28

12 per day


Nov. 18-Feb. 28

12 per day


Oct. 15-Feb. 28

3 per day


Aug. 15-Feb. 28

12 per day


Nov. 15-Feb. 28

12 per day


Dec. 9-Jan. 22

3 per day

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Georgia hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.