Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Make your plans! Waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations have been approved for the 2013-2014 season by the Board of Natural Resources.
“This year several changes have occurred with the USFWS waterfowl regulatory frameworks,” said Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division. “In Georgia, we have seized this chance to maximize opportunity for our waterfowl hunters
The upcoming 60-day season includes these noteworthy changes:
Some need-to-know dates and details for waterfowl season are the September Canada goose season (Sept. 7-29) and the September teal season (Sept. 14-29), with the teal bag limit increasing to six birds. An additional two weeks of Canada goose hunting was added Oct. 12-27, 2013. Hunting season for ducks is Nov. 23 – Dec. 1, 2013 and Dec. 7 - Jan. 26, 2014. A complete summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits is online at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/waterfowl  .
Youth Waterfowl Days are Nov. 16-17, 2013. On these two days, youth age 15 or younger may hunt specific migratory birds, such as ducks, Canada geese and mergansers, as long as they are accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age (only the youth may hunt).
In order to hunt waterfowl, hunters must have a hunting license, federal duck stamp, Georgia waterfowl conservation license and a HIP permit. If hunting on a wildlife management area (WMA), a WMA license is required. Hunters may purchase licenses online at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes , by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at more than 800 license agent locations (list of agents available online).
State license fees help support wildlife conservation in Georgia. The state receives federal funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, based on a number of factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. In Georgia, these funds are approximately $14 million a year and have helped restore habitat and improve wildlife populations, among other conservation efforts.
For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/waterfowl  .