Georgia offers hunting seasons all year round. With diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife in this Peach State, it's the perfect place to hunt big and small game. To enjoy the traditional activities in Georgia, don't forget to familiarize yourself with the Georgia 2024-2025 season dates and hunting rules and get the required licenses and permits.

Here we will list the detailed calendar and information for the hunting season in Georgia, and help you prepare for your hunting trip in advance.

Dove Season Georgia 2024-2025

Zone: Statewide


  • Sept. 7–Oct. 13
  • Nov. 23–Dec. 1
  • Dec. 19–Jan. 31

Limits: 15 per day, 45 in possession

Hours: The shooting hour is 30 minutes from sunrise to sunset.

The dove hunting season in Georgia is split into 3 different periods from September to January, giving more hunters chances to enjoy the hunt at different times.

Dove hunting season's first period starts on September 7th and lasts until October 13th. This time of year is popular because it marks the start of hunting season for many big games and small games. The weather conditions are also good and improve the overall experience.

Following a break, the second season continues to start on November 23rd and extends through December 1st. The last season of the Georgia dove hunting opens from December 19th to January 31st of the next year. Participating in the hunt during the cold winter season can be quite exciting for many.

Georgia Deer Season

The deer seasons in Georgia are the same as last year. Seasons last for 4 months, starting in September and ending in January of the next year.

Archery Season: Sept. 14–Oct. 11, 2024
Extended Archery Season: Sept. 14–Jan. 31, 2025
Primitive Weapons & Youth-Only Firearms:  Oct. 12–Oct. 18, 2024
Firearms Season:  Oct. 19–Jan. 12, 2025
Extended Firearms:  Oct. 19–Jan. 15, 2025

Bag limits:

  • The limit is 12 per season.
  • Only 2 antlered deer can be hunted, and the rest must be antlerless.
  • The deer must have a minimum of four points on each antler, measuring one inch.
    or more, on one side of the antlers or a minimum of 15 inches.

*Note that Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of GA Highway 92), and that portion of Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth County south of GA Highway 20, only shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used (no other firearms allowed).

Georgia Bear Season

Zone Weapon Date Limits
Northern Zone Archery  Sept. 14–Oct. 11, 2024
  • 2 bears per season
  • no more than 1 from the central or southern bear zones


Primitive Weapons Oct. 12–Oct. 18
Firearms  Oct. 19–Jan. 12
Central Zone Firearms Dec. 14, 2024
Southern Zone Firearms  Sept. 19–21, 2024

Sept. 26–28,

Oct. 3–5

Oct. 10–12

Georgia Turkey Season

Statewide Turkey season:

Private Land: Mar. 29–May 15, 2024

Public Land: April 5–May 15, 2024

Limits: 2 gobblers in total per season. One turkey daily.

For Special Opportunity Youth/ Mobility Impaired:

Dates: Mar. 23-24, 2024

Limits: Only for youth 16 years of age or younger and mobility-impaired persons. This season does not apply to public lands unless otherwise specified.

Georgia Alligator Season

Zone & Quota Limited:

Dates: Aug. 16 -Oct. 7, 2024

Limits: 1 per quota permit

Georgia Small Games Hunting Season

Species Zones Dates Limits
Crows Statewide Nov. 2-Feb. 29, 2025 No limit
Fox & Bobcat Statewide Dec. 1–Feb. 28, 2025 No limit
Grouse Statewide Oct. 15-Feb. 28, 2025 3 per day
Sora & Rails Statewide Sept. 16–23, 2024

Oct. 15–Dec. 16

King & Clapper: 15 per day, 45 in possession

Sora & Virginia: 25 per day, 75 in possession

Opossum & Raccoon Statewide Private Land: no closed season

Public Land: Aug. 15–Feb. 28

No limit
Quail Statewide Nov. 9–Feb. 28 12 per day
Rabbit Statewide Nov. 16–Feb. 28 12 per day
Snipe Statewide Nov. 15-Feb. 28 8 per day, 24 in possession
Squirrel Statewide Aug. 15-Feb. 28 12 per day
Woodcock Statewide Dec. 7-Jan. 20 3 per day, 9 in possession
Falconry Statewide Squirrel: Aug. 15-Mar. 15 12 per day
Rabbit, Quail: Oct. 1-Mar. 15 12 per day
Grouse: Oct. 1-Mar. 15 3 per day

Georgia Duck Season


Nov. 18-26, 2024
Dec. 9 - Jan. 28

Bag Limits: 6 per day.


Sept. 9-24

Bag Limits: 6 per day.

Nov. 18-26
Dec. 9 - Jan. 28

Bag Limits: 5 per day.

Snow Geese:
Oct. 7-22
Nov. 18-26
Dec. 9 - Jan. 28

Bag Limits: 5 per day.

Georgia Hunting Licenses And Permits

To hunt in Georgia, you will need the required license and permits for hunting different prey. Here is the costs of each type of hunting license.

Combo Hunting & Fishing License: $30(Resident), $150(Nonresident)

Apprentice Hunting & Fishing License: $5(Resident), $30(Nonresident)

Hunting License (Residents 16-64: All non-residents): $15(Resident), $100(Nonresident)

Senior Sportsman's License (65+): $7(Resident)

Youth Lifetime Sportsman's License: $600

Adult Lifetime Sportsman's License: $750

Big Game License: $25(Resident), $225(Nonresident)

Trapping License: $40(Resident), $325(Nonresident)

Disability Hunting License: $3(Resident)

Quota Alligator Harvest Permit: $40(Resident), $325(Nonresident)

Public Land Access: $30(Resident), $60(Nonresident)

How to Buy a Hunting License?

There are 3 ways to buy a legal hunting license in Georgia. It is very easy:

  1. You can visit the official website and purchase it online:
  2. Make a phone call at: 1-800-366-2661.
  3. Buy from any agent over the counter. There are lots of them statewide.

Legal Weapon For Georgia Hunting Seasons

For Deer and Bear Hunting:

• Modern Rifles and Handguns: only centerfire rifles and handguns in .22-caliber or higher with expanding ammunition.
• Shotguns: should be at least 20-gauge and loaded with slugs or buckshot.
• Muzzleloaders: must be .30-caliber or larger, or muzzleloading shotguns must be 20 gauge or larger.
• Air Guns: any air rifle with a minimum caliber of .30 or air bow.

For Turkey Hunting:

Legal firearms include shotguns with small shot sizes, muzzleloading firearms, air rifles with a caliber of at least .30, or air bows powered by compressed gas or air. No need to plug shotgun.

For Small Game Hunting:

• Rifles and Handguns: Any firearm that is .22-caliber or smaller and rimfire, any muzzleloading weapon, or any air rifle or air gun of any caliber.

• Shotguns: Any shotgun that uses shot shells 3.5 inches or less in size with No. 2 shot or smaller.

• Shotguns (Waterfowl): Any shotgun that is 10-gauge or smaller and is loaded with nontoxic shot approved by the federal government, with a size of "F" or smaller.

Things You Should Know When Hunt In Georgia

  1. A hunting license is not required if you hunt on your own land.
  2. Hunters under age 16 are not required to take hunter education courses.
  3. In addition to a hunting license, a big game license is also required if you want to hunt big games like deer, bear, or turkey.
  4. Hunters are required to report alligator, bear, deer, and turkey harvests within 24 hours through Georgia Game Check.
  5. Every hunter must wear daylight fluorescent orange above the waist( at least 500 square).
  6. Don't go hunting if you are under the impact of drugs or alcohol.
  7. Hunting deer with dogs is allowed in some counties but you need to get a permit.
  8. No baiting when hunting any games, except for deer and feral hogs, they can be hunted with baiting on private lands.. Or, hunters will be subject to a fine of $5,000.


Georgia's hunting seasons provide rich and diverse possibilities for hunters. Whether you're attracted to the challenge of deer hunting, the lure of turkey calls, or the mystery of night hunting, the state has plenty of options.

Remember to stay informed about specific dates, weapons, and limits in each zone with our latest updates. We hope your Georgia hunting adventures will be filled with fun, skill, and respect for the natural world. Good luck with your hunt!

Here is a file that contains 2024 season dates in Georgia for all big games or small games: Georgia Hunting Season 2024-2025 pdf.

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