2018-2019 Georgia Bear Season Dates

Northern Bear Zone

Archery, Either Sex
September 8, 2018 - October 12, 2018
Primitive WeaponsOctober 13, 2018 - October 19, 2019
FirearmsOctober 20, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Central Bear Zone

FirearmsJanuary 12, 2019

Southern Bear Zone

FirearmsSeptember 20-22, September 27-29, October 4-6, October 11-13

Bag Limit

Georgia's bear bag limit is two bears per season, provided no more than one of these may be taken from the Southern or Central Zones. Harvested bears must be reported and tagged.

Georgia Predator Hunting License Requirements


License TypeCost
Hunting license (16-64)$15.00
Big Game License$25.00

Resident and non-resident hunting licenses include access to state owned/managed public lands. No additional permit is required.


License TypeCost
Hunting license$100.00
Big Game License$225.00

Bear Hunting Statewide Restrictions

It is illegal to kill a female bear with cubs or bears under 75 pounds. No hunting bears over bait. Bear hunting with dogs is only allowed in the Southern Bear Zone, except in Lanier and Lowndes Countis, where only still hunting is allowed.

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