The Georgia DNR - Wildlife Resources Division recently released their proposal for the 2019-2020 deer season dates and regulations that can be seen in the table below. The overall season structure remains the same as last season, with just the normal shift in dates so that all seasons openers fall on their respective Saturdays. The only big proposed changes were the addition of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke and Henry to the list of counties with an extended archery season, along with several changes to the either-sex dates for some counties. Those proposed either-sex dates can be seen below. Please note that you will have an opportunity to comment on these proposed regulations at three public hearings scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at:
- April 15 at the Gainesville Civic Center, Chattahoochee Room, 830 Green Street NE, Gainesville, GA 30501;
- April 15 at the Monroe County Convention Center, 475 Holiday Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029; and
- April 18 at the Evans County Wildlife Club, 501 Cedar Avenue, Hagan, GA 30429.
Those unable to attend the hearings may submit comments on this proposed rule electronically by email through the Division website, by telephone (706-557-3350) or by submitting written statements, before close of business on April 26, 2019. Written statements should be mailed to the attention of Dr. Tina Johannsen at:
Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife Resources Division
Game Management Section
2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.
Social Circle, Georgia 30025
Remember, if you don't provide your input, then don't complain when things aren't the way you'd like them to be. Your input CAN make a difference.
I'd love to hear what you think of the current season structure and what you'd like to see changed. Feel free to leave those thoughts in the comments section below or head over to our Georgia Deer Hunting Facebook group to discuss them with other Georgia hunters.
Proposed Season Dates
|Archery, Either Sex|
|September 14, 2019 - January 12, 2020|
Either Sex (only for Bibb, Chatham, Clark, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb,
Gwinnett, Henry & Rockdale)
|September 14, 2019 - January 31, 2020|
|Primitive Weapons||October 12, 2019 - January 12, 2020|
|Firearms*||October 19, 2019 - January 12, 2020|
Twelve (12) per season, Statewide. No more than ten (10) may be antlerless and no more than two (2) may be antlered. One of the antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.
Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of GA Hwy. 92), and the portion of Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth County south of Ga Hwy. 20, only archery, shotguns, and muzzleloaders may be used (no other firearms allowed). In Hancock, Harris, Meriwether, Montgomery, Randolf, Talbot and Troup Counties, only antlered bucks with at least 4 points on either side are legal. In Dooly and Macon Counties, antlered bucks
must have a minimum 15-inch outside spread.
Proposed Either Sex Dates
October 19, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Baker, Ben Hill, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Burke, Calhoun, Candler, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Clay, Colquitt, Columbia, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Douglas, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton (South of Hwy. 92), Glascock, Grady, Gwinnett, Hancock, Harris, Henry, Houston, Irwin, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Rockdale, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, and Worth. (In that portion of Forsyth lying south of GA Hwy 20, only shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used)
Oct. 21, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Berrien, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Effingham, Evans, Glynn (except that portion lying within Jekyll Island), Jeff Davis, Lanier, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Ware, and Wayne.
Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020
Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Catoosa, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Coweta, Crawford, Dade, Elbert, Floyd, Franklin, Gordon, Green, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Lamar, Lincoln, Madison, McDuffie, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Spalding, Taliaferro, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, and Wilkes.
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020
Dawson, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Stephens, White, and Whitfield.
Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020
Fannin, Rabun, Towns, and Union.