With waterfowl hunting season opening Sat., Nov. 21, duck hunters can get to picking their favorite wetland location, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
“There is only one change in the waterfowl hunting regulations this year,” said WRD state waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom. “The bag limit for scaup has been reduced from 2 to 1 because of declines in the scaup breeding population. With respect to wetland habitat in Georgia, wintering waterfowl should find excellent habitat conditions this year because of recent rains. Beaver ponds and other natural wetlands should be at full pool for much of the state during the 2020 waterfowl hunting season.”
Duck season dates are Nov. 21–29 and Dec. 12–Jan. 31. Full migratory bird hunting regulations can be found at https://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/waterfowl.
Youth, Active Military and Veterans can take advantage of two early Waterfowl Hunting Dates on Nov. 14–15. On these two days, youth age 16 or younger (or active military or veterans) may hunt specific migratory birds, such as ducks, Canada geese and mergansers. Youth must be 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/hunting/waterfowl.