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Hunting in Georgia: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 05:40 PM

The state of Georgia has specific rules for hunting with dogs. It's important to know them before heading out with your hound to go after game. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division spells out what you need to know.

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1. Anyone 16 years of age
and older wishing to hunt deer with a dog is required to obtain a deer-dog hunting license to legally hunt deer with dogs. The licenses cost $5, as of 2015, and can be purchased where hunting licenses are sold. Even honorary, sportsman's, and lifetime license holders are required to obtain the license, although there is no charge to those groups.

2. Permit applications are available through regional game management and law enforcement offices annually after August 1.

3. You don't need a permit to hunt small game with dogs, including rabbits, squirrel, quail, or other game species in the state of Georgia. Trail dogs for rabbits are limited to beagles, basset hounds and dachshunds, according to eRegulations.com, which adds that hunters are allowed to hunt raccoons with trail dogs only. Owners are also responsible for their dogs and any damage they may do to wildlife other than raccoon, fox, opossum or bobcat.

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4. Hunting with dogs is not permitted only on specific pieces of property, including those lying within a county or that portion of a county open for deer hunting with dogs and containing a minimum of 1,000 contiguous acres, the Georgia DNR explains. The land may include multiple ownerships and may be transected by public roads, creeks, rivers or rights of way of any public service corporation. Railway right of ways are owned and operated by the private railway companies so a tract bisected by a railway is considered two separate tracts requiring separate permits unless you obtain written permission from the railway company to hunt across their right of way.

5. Permit applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the first day for hunting deer with dogs on an eligible tract. The permit is valid until the final day of dog deer season for the county in which the permitted tract is located.

6. Identification of both your dog and vehicle are also important. Hunters must identify their dogs at all times during their hunt, using the owner's name and permit number. There is no requirement as to the manner of marking hunting dogs, however. Any vehicle used in hunting with dogs must display a decal or card showing the permit number in numerals at least 2 inches high, displayed in the front or rear windshield. If your vehicle lacks a front or back windshield, you must post the permit number in a prominent, visible location on the front or back of the vehicle.

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

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