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GA DNR: Georgia Waterfowl Season Dates and Regulations Approved

Successful Hunt for Anna Renfroe: Photo Credit-Trae Renfroe / Source: GA DNR

The 2021–2022 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources, allowing hunters to begin making their plans for duck, dove and goose hunting, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

“There is one notable change to the migratory bird regulations this year, and that is a change to the mourning dove hunting season. The first split will extend into early October and shooting hours will begin a half-hour before sunrise on opening day,” said Tina Johannsen, Assistant Chief of the WRD Game Management Section. “Through the Natural Resources Management Act, Georgia will continue to offer two additional days of duck hunting to active duty military and veterans. These days will occur on the same dates as Youth Waterfowl Days, which is on Nov. 13–14 this year.”

Some need-to-know dates and details for waterfowl season are the September Canada goose season (Sept. 4–26) and the September teal season (Sept. 11–26). Canada goose hunting has three additional seasons: Oct. 9–24, Nov. 20–28, and Dec. 12–Jan. 31. Hunting season for ducks is Nov. 20–28 and Dec. 12–Jan. 31. A complete summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits is online at

Youth, Veteran, and Active Duty Military Waterfowl Days are Nov. 13–14, 2021. On these two days, veterans, active duty military and youth (age 16 or younger) 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, unless the adult is a veteran or active duty military).

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. Hunters may purchase licenses online at, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at more than 800 license agent locations.

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