Georgia Public Land Hog Hunting Opportunities Begin August 15


Georgia hunters can finally return to the woods this Saturday, August 15 as squirrel season opens across the state. For many, however, this marks the opportunity to hit many of Georgia’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) to pursue wild hogs. Hog hunting is allowed on Georgia’s WMAs during any open small game or big game season utilizing whatever weapon is legal for that season. So in this case, hunters can pursue hogs on any WMA open for squirrel (small game) season utilizing small game legal weapons.


Legal Hog Hunting Weapons During Small Game Season:

  • Any .22-caliber or smaller rimfire or air rifle
  • Any muzzleloading firearm
  • Any shotgun utilizing No. 2 or smaller shot (so no slugs or buckshot), and
  • Any bow or crossbow

While many WMAs across Georgia have populations of feral hogs, it is best to check with the Regional Game Management office in your area to see where those populations are most prevalent and specific locations on those WMA’s where current hog sign may be present. Listed below are the contact numbers for each regional office along with the WMAs that have historically supported the highest density of feral hogs. All WMAs listed below have a small game season beginning August 15. The length and dates of those seasons beyond that vary by WMA. For specific WMA information, check out


License Requirements for Public Land Hog Hunting

  • Georgia hunting license
  • Hunter Education (If 16 or older and born after January 1, 1961)

You DO NOT need a separate WMA permit or public lands pass as long as you have a valid hunting license.


Georgia’s Best Public Land Hog Hunting WMAs

Region 1 – Northwest Region – (706) 295-6041

Cohutta WMA, Pine Log WMA, John’s Mountain WMA, and Sprewell Bluff WMA (west tract)

Region 2 – Northeast Region – (770) 535-5700

Warwoman WMA, Chattahoochee WMA, and Lake Russell WMA

Region 3 – Central Region – (706) 595-4222

Di-Lane WMA and Oaky Woods WMA

Region 4 – Southeast Region – (229) 426-5267

Bullard Creek WMA, Ocmulgee WMA, Horse Creek WMA,  Beaverdam WMA, Big Hammock WMA, and River Bend WMA

Region 5 – Southwest Region – (229) 430-4254

Big Lazer Creek WMA, Elmodel WMA, Flint River WMA, and Chickasawhatchee WMA

Region 6 – Coastal Region – (912) 262-3173

Altamaha WMA, Griffin Ridge WMA, and Townsend WMA


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