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2017 Georgia Hunting Seasons & Regulations Guide Available

Now online and in print, the 2017-2018 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

2017-2018 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide

This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more.  You may view, download and print the guide at Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.

Some of the major changes to the hunting regulations this year include:

  • Georgia Game Check: In an effort to further improve upon the reporting of game, you can now record your harvest with the Outdoors GA app, even if you do not have service or wifi. Enter the information, then sync it once service or wifi available to get your confirmation number.
  • New WMAs and Areas to Hunt: Alapaha River WMA (Irwin County) and Alligator Creek WMA (Wheeler County) are two new WMAs. Additionally, there are new Voluntary Public Access (VPA) locations open and available for all kinds of hunting, including deer, turkey, dove and waterfowl.
  • Bear and Deer Seasons: The South Georgia bear season added a 3-day hunting period (2nd to last weekend in September) and the Central Georgia bear season will be the 2nd Saturday in January. This year’s deer season ends on Jan. 14. Either-sex day deer opportunities increased by 21 days in Ridge, Valley and Piedmont regions, and by 14 days for the lower coastal plains region.
  • Feral Hogs/Coyotes on WMAs: There will be a new opportunity to help control coyotes and feral hogs on WMAs from May 16-31, 2018 using any legal big or small game weapon. This is in addition to continuing to allow hunters to take both coyotes and feral hogs as incidental take during big and small game hunting dates on WMAs.

Members of the Board of Natural Resources enact hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by the Division’s professional wildlife biologists.  Georgia’s game and fish laws are enacted by the elected members of the General Assembly.

For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit or contact a local Wildlife Resources Division office (

Carter Statement on Senate Obamacare Vote

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) released the following statement after the United States Senate failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare:

“I have been frustrated with Washington since the first afternoon I arrived here. Unfortunately, that frustration has hit a new high with the Senate’s failure to act. The House came together to pass legislation that would make health care more accessible and affordable. Instead of accepting the offer from the House to come together, iron out our differences, and complete our critical work, some in the Senate decided to put up a road block. To say I’m feeling disappointed is an understatement.

“Some may try to prevent us from resuscitating our failing health care system, but I’m never going to give up. While working in health care for more than thirty years, I saw miracles happen and that is what I’m fighting for. Patients in Georgia, and across the country, deserve better than Obamacare and we must deliver. Inaction or failure is not an option.”

Carter Applauds Passage of Legislation to Level Nuclear Energy Production Playing Field

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (GA-01) applauded passage of legislation today that will level the playing field for nuclear energy production and lower energy costs for American consumers.

H.R. 1551 unanimously passed the House today. This legislation restores Congress’ original intent for the nuclear production tax credit. Specifically, it would allow non-profit utilities to benefit from the tax credit and pass those savings on to their ratepayers. It also removes the requirement that nuclear plants benefitting from the credit be in service by 2020.

“In my home state of Georgia and neighboring South Carolina, some of the first nuclear reactors built in several decades are under construction,” said Carter. “These projects serve several national imperatives including job creation, carbon-free baseload electricity, and America’s capability in advanced nuclear energy. Their completion is also increasingly a national security priority. Failing to complete these projects sends a dangerous signal that the U.S. is walking away from its dominance in the global nuclear industry. This legislation is critical to address several unintended deficiencies that threaten these projects. I am pleased it was passed in the House today.”