WATERFOWL HUNTERS: REVIEW REGULATION CHANGES
SOCIAL CIRCLE – With waterfowl hunting season opening Sat., Nov. 23, duck hunters should make note of some changes in this year’s hunting regulations, according to experts with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
“There are three big changes in the waterfowl hunting regulations this year” said WRD state waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom. “The waterfowl season now has a fixed ending date of January 31, the bag limit on mallards has been reduced to two, and the hunting season frameworks – the season length and total bag limits - are now set based on the combined status of four species, not just the status of Eastern Mallards.”
Duck season dates are Nov. 23-Dec. 1, and Dec. 12 – Jan. 31. Full migratory bird hunting regulations can be found at https://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/waterfowl.
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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Dates are Nov. 16-17. On these two days, youth age 16 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).
To hunt waterfowl in Georgia you will need a Georgia hunting license, a Georgia migratory bird license, and a federal duck stamp (now available when you purchase your other recreational licenses). WRD has made your purchase decision even easier by the creation of the Waterfowl Hunter Package at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, which includes all you need (and includes a convenient plastic card).
For more information on Georgia Hunting Regulations for waterfowl, visit https://georgiawildlife.com/migratory-bird-info.