Official 2019-2020 Georgia Deer Season Dates

 

On May 21, the Georgia DNR Board approved the proposed regulations and season dates for Georgia's 2019-2020 deer season. The overall season structure remains the same as last season, with just the normal shift in dates so that all season 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 approved either-sex dates can be seen below.

Always remember to consult with the latest official Georgia Hunting Regulations before heading afield. Those can be found at Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division homepage.

Official Georgia Deer Season Dates

Archery, Either Sex
Statewide
September 14, 2019 - January 12, 2020
Extended Archery,
Either Sex (only for Bibb, Chatham, Clark, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb,
Forsyth, Fulton,
Gwinnett, Henry & Rockdale)
September 14, 2019 - January 31, 2020
Primitive WeaponsOctober 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.

Georgia 2019-2020 Either Sex Deer Season 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.

 

22 thoughts on “Official 2019-2020 Georgia Deer Season Dates

  • Jason

    So as I read this, the region encompassing Baldwin, Banks, Barrow…Counties is either sex for alk or nearly all of modern firearms season?

  • Justin

    I have does fawning in late October. Bucks were still chasing in mid March this year. This will kill me on my early season doe management.

    • Roger

      Very true. Doe Days should also end Dec 1st. I have seen to many does in Dec with 1 or 2 baby’s very well developed. That’s 3 deer you just killed for the next year’s hunt.

          • Pat

            You are so right Brian. Doe’s live on average 6 to 14 years. They have 1 to3 fawns a year. Let’s say a doe lives 10 years and has on average 2 fawns a year that is 20 fawns in just one doe’s life time. You do the math.

  • Scott Alderton

    I wish they would quit choosing when someone like me who hunts in Gilmer county can shoot a Doe with a rifle. Lets be honest all hunters are working contributing parts of a community. And I cant take an entire week off work around Thanksgiving. And to only allow me 8 days to shoot a Doe is RIDICULOUS. If you are worried about the numbers in the population then limit the amount we can harvest. Instead of limiting what days I can exercise my rights.

  • Owen

    The extended Archery season should be for everybody not just a few counties. Why is it only for those few countries?Every county should be able to archery hunt til Jan 31st.

  • Thomas Morgan

    I have been thinking about this whole deer hunting situation, seem to me a little common sense is needed. First of all the season should not open until the first weekend in November and run until January 31st. When the season opens it should be state wide and open for everyone rifles, shotguns, bow and arrow, primitive weapons, pistols and any legal device. If you are going to allow baiting it also should be state wide. With bait and the advance in bow and arrow tech. knowledge they shoot almost as well as any other weapon. The bow and arrow and the primitive weapon hunters should not be allow a head start. Hell with bait you could use a fly swatter. Leave the deer limits the same if you want to, but when the season opens it should be either sex the entire season. Now the reporting system sucks, go back to the paper tag system. Most of the people making these decisions for you probably never heard of it, so ask a old-timer. Then if you want to put it in a computer get the info from the butcher. Now with that said you go back to buying your license from your mom and pop bait store or any retailer willing to sell them. The computer system sucks and most people don’t have time to fool with it because is probably broke. Just think about all the money the state would save not having to fool with all the extra computers and people who can’t figure out the system anyway.

  • I only eat 2 deer a year so I only kill 2. I shoot 1 buck if he is big enough then 1 doe. Last year I saw large bucks but no good shots. I harvested 1 doe and would have harvested another but no good shots. I say let’s go back to the old days but doe days all season. 1 buck 2 does. 3 tags.

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