SOCIAL CIRCLE — Now online and in print, the 2017-2018 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has announced.
This guide provides information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and more. You may view, download and print the guide at georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations. Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.
Some major changes to the hunting regulations this year include:
• Georgia game check: In an effort to further improve reporting game, you can now record your harvest with the Outdoors GA app, even if you do not have service or wi-fi. Enter the information, then sync it once service or wi-fi available to get your confirmation number.
• Bear and deer seasons: The South Georgia bear season added a 3-day hunting period (second to last weekend in September) and the Central Georgia bear season will be the second Saturday in January. This year’s deer season ends on Jan. 14. Either-sex day deer opportunities increased by 21 days in Ridge, Valley and Piedmont regions, and by 14 days for the lower coastal plains region.
• Feral hogs/coyotes on WMAs: There will be a new opportunity to help control coyotes and feral hogs on WMAs next May 16-31, using any legal big or small game weapon. This is in addition to continuing to allow hunters to take both coyotes and feral hogs as incidental take during big and small game hunting dates on WMAs.
Members of the Board of Natural Resources enact hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by the division’s professional wildlife biologists. Georgia’s game and fish laws are enacted by the elected members of the General Assembly.
For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations or contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office at georgiawildlife.com/about/contact.