HUNTING: Georgia DNR Hearing Public Input on Season Changes/Regulations

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is holding several open meetings for the public to provide input regarding the proposed changes to the Georgia hunting seasons and regulations.  Unfortunately for hunters in southwest Georgia that have advocated for an extended season, only a few counties in metro Atlanta are currently on the list.  The press release below includes a link to the proposed regulation changes.  While the proposed changes do not address the concern of many southwest Georgia hunters, specifically the concern that the season ends too soon, it’s important to note that the DNR is somewhat limited in their ability to extend the season, except within the parameters that are currently set by the state legislature.


Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed hunting regulation changes relative to the 2019–2020 and the 2020–2021 hunting seasons, and then make plans to offer comment at one of three scheduled public hearings, or through other available methods.

Proposed changes include amendments to reflect statutory changes, shift the Central Georgia bear season, adjust either sex firearms days for deer, extend archery season for urban counties that meet criteria, regulate hunting and other activities on wildlife management areas and other public lands, and some housekeeping changes.

The complete public notice and synopsis of all proposed rule changes are available on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division webpage at

Three public hearings are scheduled to provide the public an opportunity to share comments on the proposed changes. All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

April 15, 2019

Gainesville Civic Center, Chattahoochee Room

830 Green Street, NE, Gainesville, GA 30501

April 15, 2018

Monroe County Convention Center

475 Holiday Circle, Forsyth, GA 31029

April 18, 2019

Evans County Wildlife Club

501 Cedar Avenue, Hagan, GA 30429

Any participant at the hearing may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend may submit input either electronically or in written statement form. Input must be received by close of business (4:30 p.m.) on April 26, 2019.

  • Written statements should be mailed to:
    GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section
    ATTN: Tina Johannsen
    2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.
    Social Circle, GA 30025
  • Statements may be electronically submitted at:

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Tina Johannsen at (706) 557-3350 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 7, 2019.

For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit

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