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WRD Announces Migratory Bird Hunting Dates and Regulations for
Traditional hunting seasons for waterfowl and other migratory birds will soon
open, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources
Division (WRD). Some of Georgia’s early waterfowl hunting opportunities have
already come and gone, including an early teal hunting season (Sept. 17-25) and
an extended September season for Canada geese (Sept. 3-25), but the more
traditional late seasons are just about to begin.
“Waterfowl hunters should expect a season very similar to last year,” says WRD
State Waterfowl Coordinator Greg Balkcom. “Hunters also should be sure to note
that canvasbacks may be harvested only during the last 30 days of the
traditional duck hunting season and that the bag limit for scaup has been
reduced from three to two because of the continued decline in the scaup breeding
Hunting season for all ducks, except canvasbacks, will be open from Nov. 19-Nov.
27 and Dec. 10-Jan. 29. Canvasback season runs from Dec. 31-Jan. 29.
“The closing date of January 29 is possible because of recent changes in the
Federal Regulations that now allow for hunting to extend until the last Sunday
in January,” adds Balkcom.
All migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits can now be found on the
WRD website at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or in the “Late Season Georgia Migratory
Bird Regulations 2005-2006” brochure, available through WRD offices and at
select hunting license agents.
To legally hunt waterfowl in Georgia, sportsmen and women must possess a Georgia
hunting license, a Georgia waterfowl conservation license, a federal duck stamp
and a free Migratory Bird Hunting License (or HIP Permit).
HIP is an annual federal program that requires those who hunt migratory bird
species to fill out a short harvest survey and in return receive a free
participation permit. Those hunting on a wildlife management area (WMA) must
possess a WMA license. Hunters may purchase licenses at over 1,200 license
agents, at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or at 1-888-748-6887.
Legal shooting hours for migratory birds are one half hour before sunrise to
sunset. The daily sunrise and sunset times for Georgia can be found on page 43
of the 2005-2006 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide or on the WRD
For more information on the upcoming migratory bird season, visit the WRD
website at www.gohuntgeorgia.com , contact the local WRD Game Management Office
or call (770) 918-6416.