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Hunting in Georgia: Top Spots for Hunting in the Peach State

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:52 PM

Georgia has 100 designated Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), providing 1 million square miles of publicly maintained land for hunting during designated seasons. These WMAs are spread out all across Georgia, with some offering better hunting options than others.

Here are the top spots for hunting many different types of wildlife:

1. Cedar Creek Wildlife Management Area
Cedar Creek WMA is one of the largest WMAs in Georgia, covering 38,000 acres. It's a very popular destination for hunters, especially during turkey season. According to Foremosthunting.com, "It is one of Georgia's best producing public hunting area for turkey hunters. The area is heavily forested with small open areas and several creek bottoms." Although it's important to note that the terrain can be very steep at times, so it's a good place for hunters who are in top shape.

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2. Warwoman Wildlife Management Area
Covering over 15,800 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Rabun County, the Warwoman WMA is optimal for experienced hunters looking for a less populated hunting ground. Due to its rugged terrain and proximity to a nearby mountain range, many novice hunters opt for flatter hunting grounds, which could yield surprising finds during deer hunting season. Game & Fish explains, "Like other mountain WMAs, deer are not as abundant as they are down south, but due to the remote and rugged terrain, bucks tend to grow older and sport larger antlers." It's ideal for hunters who are looking to bag a prized buck.

3. Chickasawhatchee Wildlife Management Area
Nearly 10,000 acres of these hunting grounds in Georgia are covered in swamps, which is perfect for alligator hunters. Since the Chickasawhatchee WMA is so wet, it's important to dress appropriately. "A word of warning to those hunting this area, knee high rubber boots are a must!" Foremosthunting.com cautions.

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4. Ocmulgee Wildlife Management Area
The Ocmulgee WMA is one of the most-well rounded areas to hunt, offering just about every type of animal one could hunt in Georgia. It has a dense pine forest, large creeks, and swamps, whose inhabitants range from rabbits to beavers, deer to hogs, and even bears.

The only downside is that it appeals to a wider population of hunters and can make it difficult to navigate. "Due to its close proximity to urban areas, Ocmulgee can get hectic. Hunt weekdays or late season if you're a stickler for having some space of your own," reports Foremosthunting.com.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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