There is ample public land available for hunting in Georgia, with 100 Wildlife Management Areas in active service covering nearly 1 million acres and providing 90 designated hunting tracts.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division
, "These areas are a great benefit to the state as a whole and the counties where they are located."
While Georgia provides plentiful public land, some hunters prefer to use private land. In fact, it's legal in Georgia for landowners to hunt on their land all year-round without a license, which can be disconcerting for newcomers and cause lots of work for the police department.
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Gainesville Times explains
, "At this time of the year, law enforcement officers often get calls from people who feel frightened or annoyed by gunfire nearby."
That's why it's important to know the regulations for hunting on private land in Georgia. According to the Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division, here are five of the most crucial for hunters:
1. Firearm Restrictions
Recently, firearm restrictions have been eased, specifically allowing hunters to use suppressors on private lands. WSB Radio explains
, "That change was enacted as part of Georgia's wide-ranging Safe Carry Protection Act which took effect July first."
2. Training Dogs
For hunters that want to train dogs for the purpose of aiding hunts, they must have a license unless they are on their own private land. If a hunter wants to train dogs on someone else's private land, they need permission first.
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3. Licenses Required
Hunting licenses are required for any and all participants who are engaging in a hunt on another person's private land. Hunting licenses apply to almost all types of wildlife, though distinct licenses are required for a few special cases, including alligators, big game, and waterfowl.
4. Dress Code
There is no mandatory dress code for the wide majority of hunts, but certain cases are cause for extra care. All hunters, on both public and private land, must adhere to the dress code when hunting deer, bear, or feral hogs. Georgia Hunting Seasons & Regulations elaborates, "A hunter
, and anyone accompanying the hunter, must at all times wear as an outer garment at least 500 square inches of visible hunter orange above the waist (which may include a head covering)."
5. Requesting Permission
Obviously hunters do not need permission to hunt on their own property. However, it is legal to hunt on someone else's property so long as they approve. It's important to notify landowners when hunting on their property for numerous reasons, not the least of which is the hunters' safety.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.
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