Doe-Day Map Looks Different For Georgia Gun Opener

GON Staff | October 17, 2023

Either-sex deer hunting days are more liberal across most of Georgia as the statewide gun season is set to open this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 21. In all but 13 counties in the north Georgia mountains, it’s a doe day this weekend and for the rest of deer season.

Doe days aren’t the only big change this deer season. Eight southwest Georgia counties now have a later closing date to gun season than the rest of the state. This year’s deer season will close statewide on Sunday, Jan. 14, except for in the eight southwest Georgia counties, which will now having a gun season closing date on Jan. 15 each season. That’s only one day of difference this year, but based on how the calendar falls, it could be up to six additional days some seasons. Those eight southwest Georgia counties also join a growing list of suburban counties that allow archery-only deer hunting until Jan. 31. The following counties allow either-sex, archery-only hunting for deer until Jan. 31: Baker, Barrow, Bibb, Chatham, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Decatur, DeKalb, Douglas, Early, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Grady, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Paulding, Richmond, Rockdale, Seminole and Thomas counties.

Antlerless deer may be taken statewide with archery equipment any open date for deer hunting, except on Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forest lands, which have special deer hunting regulations.

2023-2024 Quick Guide To Georgia Hunting Season Dates

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