Official 2021-2022 Georgia Hunting Season Dates

 

The Georgia DNR Board of Directors met on May 25, 2021 to approve the proposed hunting season regulations for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 hunting seasons. While there were some significant changes coming for next turkey season, very little changed for Georgia deer hunters. In fact, there were no changes to deer season dates (other than what is noted below) and bag limits other than the normal shift in dates so that all season openers fall on their respective Saturdays.

Change 1: More Extended Archery Counties

The only proposed regulation changes for the 2021-2022 season is adding 10 counties to the extended archery season, which will allow bowhunters to continue hunting in those counties until January 31. Those additional counties include Barrow, Cherokee, Columbia, Decatur, Douglas, Fayette, Hall, Muscogee, Paulding, and Seminole.

Change 2: Consistent Antler Restrictions

Another change coming for 2021 seeks to make antler restrictions the same across all WMAs and counties (with the exception of Dooly and Macon). Where antler restrictions apply, the new regulation will make it a consistent “4 points, 1 inch or longer, on one side OR a minimum of 15 inches outside spread.”

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 11, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Extended Archery,
Either Sex (only for Barrow, Bibb, Chatham, Cherokee, Clark, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Decatur, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Muscogee, Paulding, Rockdale and Seminole)
September 11, 2021 - January 31, 2022
Primitive WeaponsOctober 9, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Firearms*October 16, 2021 - January 9, 2022

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 OR a minimum of 15 inches outside antler spread.

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).

Georgia 2021-2022 Either Sex Deer Season Dates (Proposed)

October 16, 2020 - January 9, 2022

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. 18, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022

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.

Oct. 30, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022

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. 22 – 28, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022

Dawson, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Stephens, White, and Whitfield.

Nov. 27 – 28, 2021 and Jan. 1, 2022

Fannin, Rabun, Towns, and Union.

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Other Georgia Hunting Season Dates

Species SeasonLimit
BearNorthern ZoneArchery: Sept. 11–Jan. 9
Primitive Weapons: Oct. 9–Jan. 9
Firearms: Oct. 16–Jan. 9
2 per season; provided, however, that no more than 1 may be taken from the southern/central bear zones.
Central ZoneFirearms: Dec. 18
Southern ZoneFirearms: Sept. 16–18 & 23–25,
Oct. 7–9 & 14–16
TurkeyStatewide (Private Land)Apr. 2–May 15 (2022)2 gobblers per season.
Special Opportunity Youth/Mobility Impaired (Private Land)Mar. 26–27 (2022)2 gobblers per season.
AlligatorZone & Quota LimitedAug. 13 (sunset)–Oct. 4 (sunrise)1 per quota permit.
CrowsStatewideNov. 6–Feb. 28No limit.
DoveStatewideSept. 4–30
Nov. 20–Nov. 28
Dec. 7–Jan. 31
15 per day, 45 in possession.
FalconryStatewideSquirrel: Aug. 15–Mar. 15 Rabbit, Quail: Oct. 1–Mar. 15 Grouse: Oct. 1–Mar. 15Squirrel: 12 per day.
Rabbit & Quail: 12 per day.
Grouse: 3 per day.
Fox & BobcatStatewideDec. 1–Feb. 28No limit.
GrouseStatewideOct. 15–Feb. 283 per day.
Sora & RailsStatewideSept. 16–Oct. 20
Nov. 12–Dec. 16
King & Clapper: 15 per day, 45 in possession. Sora & Virginia: 25 per day, 75 in possession.
OpossumStatewideOct. 15–Feb. 28No limit.
QuailStatewideNov. 13–Feb. 2812 per day.
RabbitStatewideNov. 13–Feb. 2812 per day.
RaccoonStatewideOct. 15–Feb. 283 per day.
SnipeStatewideNov. 15–Feb. 288 per day, 24 in possession.
SquirrelStatewideAug. 15–Feb. 2812 per day.
Woodcock
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Statewide
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Dec. 4–Jan. 17
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3 per day, 9 in possession.
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10 thoughts on “Official 2021-2022 Georgia Hunting Season Dates

  • Jimmy Harper

    What’s the hold-up with announcing the FINALIZED 2021-2023 GA Hunting Regs & Seasons? The DNR Board is scheduled to meet and approve those in May, and I’ve never known it to take this long for them to be make public. Does it have anything to do with changes to the turkey seasons and limits?

  • Blake Hamby

    Why not just open Youth/Mobility Impaired Turkey Season March 26 for the whole week instead of just Sat and Sunday? I’ve never understood that.

  • James Jacksn

    What’s the dates on the WMAs. Some of us have to request these days off well in advance so we can get that day. Can you send me a link so I can see the date on the WMAs. Thanks James Jackson

    • Chuck Broadway

      The corn growers are ecstatic, as are the other manufacturers of a myriad of junk food for the growingly more tame animals. But, that is not hunting, but like Leslie says; baiting. Great for the “economy”, but will ruin and perhaps lead to the demise of hunting as we knew it. The anti-hunting crowd will use this as ammunition against our current privilege to hunt. This does not even take into account of whether this “baiting” will effect the health of the wildlife we have been entrusted with. Hunting won’t survive unless fair chase hunting returns.

  • Dusty

    Agreed , the heard in my county are becoming rare. No one needs to shoot 12 deer. 4-6 deer is plenty. And make it only one buck and with bigger restrictions for a few years so we can start seeing more and bigger deer around. People where I hunt shoot anything and everything that walks by. I used to enjoy watching deer and letting them walk, but now I’m lucky to see one. And hunting over bait during gun season makes it worse !

  • Dusty

    Limit is to high and baiting for bow season only. The heard in my county are becoming rare. No one needs to shoot 12 deer. 4-6 deer is plenty. And make it only one buck with bigger restrictions for a few years so we can start seeing more and bigger deer around. People where I hunt shoot anything and everything that walks by. I used to enjoy watching deer and letting them walk, but now I’m lucky to see one. And hunting over bait during gun season makes it worse !

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