The summer is winding down, which means the 2017-2018 hunting season is almost here. But there are state guidelines for when and where certain animals can be hunted, how they can be killed, and how many you are allowed to harvest per season.
Read up on this year’s schedule and restrictions.
The seasons coming up most quickly are for squirrel and alligator.
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- The squirrel season is Aug. 15-Feb. 28.
- Hunters are limited to 12 squirrels per day.
- The alligator season is Aug. 18-Oct 2.
- The bag limit is one alligator per quota hunt.
- There are size restrictions based on the area the alligator was caught. A list of zones can be found on the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division website.
- The deadline for hunting applications is July 31.
- The deer hunting season is Sept. 9-Jan. 14 for archery, Oct. 14-Jan. 14 for primitive weapons, and Oct. 21-Jan. 14 for firearms.
- Deer hunting is not permitted in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties (north of Highway 92), and the part of Glynn County that’s on Jekyll Island.
- A deer’s head cannot be removed before it is processed or surrendered to a storage facility.
- Hunters are limited to 12 deer per season. That includes10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer. Some counties have extra restrictions.
- Deer cannot be killed while they are in a lake, stream or pond.
- In the Northern Zone, the bear season is Sept. 9-Jan. 14 for archery, Oct. 14-Jan. 14 for primitive weapons, and Oct. 21-Jan. 14 for firearms.
- In the Central Zone, the bear season is only Jan. 13 for firearms.
- In the Southern Zone, the bear season is Sept. 21-23, Sept. 28-30, Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 12-14 for firearms.
- Hunters can only kill two bears per season.
- Hunters cannot kill a female bear with cubs or any bear under 75 pounds.
Here are the counties included in the zones:
Northern Zone: All counties north of and including Carroll, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton, Barrow, Jackson, Madison and Hart counties.
Central Zone: Bibb, Houston and Twiggs counties
Southern Zone: Lowndes, Lanier, Echols, Clinch, Ware, Charlton and Brantley Counties
Migratory Birds and Small Game:
- Migratory birds and small game have many different season and limit restrictions. Find the full list on the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division website.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE