Duck Hunting in Georgia

Georgia, Duck Hunting Nation State, Waterfowl Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting




Duck Statewide Harvest


Goose Statewide Harvest


No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually


Ducks Per Hunter


Geese Per Hunter


Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

$100; $20 one-day, $6 apiece for additional days

Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License


Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

For a state that receives little mention in waterfowling circles, Georgia offers a surprising amount of variety and opportunity.

Wood ducks reign supreme in the state, as Georgia hunters shot more than 102,000 woodies in 2021-'22. Wood ducks inhabit rivers, flowages and flooded swamps throughout Georgia. Ringnecks ranked second on the harvest list, and Georgia hunters also shot a fair number of mallards. Meanwhile, Canada goose opportunities seem to be increasing throughout the state.

The state features many types of waterfowling opportunity, including diving ducks on large reservoirs. Lake Seminole, a 37,500 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir, has relatively shallow water that promotes aquatic vegetation growth, and it boasts the state's largest concentration of wintering waterfowl, including scaup, canvasbacks and ringnecks. Lake Hartwell, a 55,900-acre reservoir on the Georgia-South Carolina border, provides moderate opportunities for geese and ducks, including teal, scaup, ringnecks and mallards. Other big-water waterfowl areas include Lake Lanier, Lake Burton and other Georgia Power reservoirs, and even coastal estuaries and sounds.

Several state wildlife management areas also boast good duck hunting. Phinizy Swamp, which consists mostly of flooded timber near Augusta, attracts many wintering teal, mallards, gadwalls, ringnecks and wood ducks, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the property provides excellent hunting opportunity. Other likely spots include Fishing Creek WMA, Lake Juliette and Rum Creek WMA, and Clarks Hills Lake and Clarks Hill WMA.

Many public areas in Georgia have special regulations for waterfowl hunting, so be sure to check regulations for more information.

— Compiled and written by Brian Lovett

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