Georgia turkey season

Georgia turkey season

Georgia turkey season

“Statewide reproduction in 2019 was slightly higher than average, which means we should have a fair number of two-year old birds in the woods,” explains Emily Rushton, Wildlife Resources Division wild turkey project coordinator. “However, I don’t expect harvest to reach the levels it did last year, which was a record harvest for many areas of the state, particularly on public lands.”With the government shutdown in the rear-view, much of the Atlanta area is finally starting to prepare for Georgia's springtime of gameland.


The Georgia DNR Board of Directors met on May 25, 2021 to approve the proposed hunting season regulations for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 hunting seasons. While there were some significant changes coming for next turkey season, very little changed for Georgia deer hunters. In fact, there were no changes to deer season dates (other than what is noted below) and bag limits other than the normal shift in dates so that all season openers fall on their respective Saturdays. Georgia Game Check: All turkey hunters must report their harvest using Georgia Game Check. Turkeys can be reported on the Outdoors GA app (georgiawildlife.com/outdoors-ga-app), which now works whether you have cell service or not, at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661. App users, if you have not used the app since deer season or before, make sure you have the latest version. More information at georgiawildlife.com/HarvestRecordGeorgiaGameCheck.

“Hunters should know that each time they purchase a license or equipment used to turkey hunt, such as shotguns, ammunition and others, that they are part of this greater conservation effort for wildlife in Georgia,” said Rushton. “Through the Wildlife Restoration Program, a portion of the money spent comes back to states and is put back into on-the-ground efforts such as habitat management and species research and management.”Do you need hunter education before you head to the woods? You have options! Hunters in need of the Georgia hunter education course can choose to go completely online or attend a classroom course, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. (Source: allongeorgia.com)


The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has donated more than $6,000,000 since 1985 for projects that benefit wild turkey and other wildlife. The NWTF works in partnership with the Wildlife Resources Division and other land management agencies on habitat enhancement, hunter access, wild turkey research and education. The NWTF has a vital initiative called “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt,” focused on habitat management, hunter access and hunter recruitment. “The best way to keep yourself, and others, safe while hunting is to always practice firearms safety,” advises Jennifer Pittman, statewide hunter education administrator with the Wildlife Resources Division.

“Once you ensure that firearms safety practices are in place, you also want to review and practice precautions that are specific to turkey hunting.” Never wear red, white, blue or black clothing while turkey hunting. Red is the color most hunters look for when distinguishing a gobbler’s head from a hen’s blue-colored head, but at times it may appear white or blue. Male turkey feathers covering most of the body are black in appearance. Camouflage should be used to cover everything, including the hunter’s face, hands and firearm. (Source: allongeorgia.com)




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