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Georgia Hunting Seasons 2023

We set out to create the most simplified guide to Georgia hunting seasons for 2023.

Want to find out season dates, learn about regulations and bag limits, understand license requirements, and get access helpful links?

Then you’ll love the info outlined in today’s guide. Let’s dive right in.

Georgia Hunting Seasons

Georgia Hunting

Nearly 630,000 people hunt in Georgia. Hunters utilize Georgia's 104 Wildlife Management Areas to get out.

With such a diverse place to hunt it makes it great to get outside! Help to conserve and promote fishing, hunting and wildlife resources through management, education and scientific research.

Either Sex
StatewideSept. 11–Jan. 9See Season Dates PDF for Limits
Extended Archery
Either Sex
Bibb, Chatham, Cherokee,
Clarke, Clayton, Cobb,
Columbia, Decatur, DeKalb,
Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth,
Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry,
Muscogee, Paulding, Rockdale &
Seminole Counties
Sept. 11–Jan. 31See Season Dates PDF for Limits
FirearmsOct. 16–Jan. 9See Season Dates PDF for Limits
Sept. 11–Jan. 92 per season; provided, however, that no more
than 1 may be taken from the southern/central
bear zones.
FirearmsCentral ZoneDec. 182 per season; provided, however, that no more
than 1 may be taken from the southern/central
bear zones.
Sept. 23–25, Sept. 30–
Oct. 2, Oct. 7–9, Oct. 14–16
2 per season; provided, however, that no more
than 1 may be taken from the southern/central
bear zones.
TurkeyStatewideApr. 2–May 15 20222 gobblers per season. Daily bag of 1.

Georgia Deer Season 2023

Archery: September 11 - January 9, 2024

Extended Archery: September 11 - January 31, 2024

Primitive Weapons: October 9 - January 9, 2024

Firearms: October 16 - January 9, 2024

Georgia Turkey Season 2023

General Spring Season: April 2 - May 15

Special Opportunity Youth/Mobility Impaired: March 26 - 27

Georgia Alligator Season 2023

General Season: August 20 (sunset) - October 4 (sunrise)

Georgia Hog Hunting Season 2023

There is no limit on feral hogs in Georgia and no closed season.

Georgia Small Game Season 2023

Fox and Bobcat: Dec. 1-Feb. 28

Grouse: Oct. 15-Feb. 28

Opossum: Oct. 15-Feb. 28

Quail: Nov. 13-Feb. 28

Rabbit: Nov. 13-Feb. 28

Raccoon: Oct. 15-Feb. 28

Squirrel: Aug. 15-Feb. 28

Woodcock: Dec. 11-Jan. 24

Georgia Hunting Zones 2023

See the map below for a breakdown of Georgia's hunting zones:

Georgia Bag Limits 2023

Deer Bag limits: No more than 10 may be antlerless and no more than 2 may be antlered.

Alligator Bag Limits: Only one alligator can be harvested per year.

Bear: Two bears per season, however, only one bear may be taken from the Central or Southern Zone.

Turkey: Daily: 1 gobbler per hunter, Season: 2 gobblers per hunter

Georgia Hunting License 2023

Purchase a license anytime at Reliable ID and SSN are required to purchase a license. All required hunting licenses and stamps must be in possession assisting another hunter. Lifetime license must have hunter education before hunting.

To successfully hunt deer in Georgia, you must have a Combo, Hunting or Sportsman license along with a Big Game license and a Harvest record.

LicenceResident CostNonresident Cost
Combo Hunting & Fishing
Hunting Licenses$15.00$100.00
Big Game License$25.00$225.00
Quota Alligator Harvest
Sportsman License$65.00 (annual)$400.00 (annual)
Harvest recordFreeFree

You can also purchase your license over the phone by calling 1-800-366-2661

Georgia Hunting Regulations 2023

Alligator quota selected hunters no longer sent a plastic tag in the mail. Electric bicycles may be used the same as traditional bicycles.

For deer hunting, one of the 2 antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.

Feral hogs may be hunted at night on private land. Hunting over bait is allowed. You can't hunt from a vehicle under power.

Helpful Resources

Official State Site:

When does hunting season start in Georgia?

Georgia's hunting season September 11 for archery and October 16 for firearms.

When does hunting season end in Georgia?

Georgia deer hunting season ends Jan 31 for extended archery season.

Can you hunt deer over bait in Georgia?

You can hunt deer over bait but only on private land. You cannot hunt deer over bait, or place bait, on any state or federally managed lands.

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