Turkey Hunting in Georgia

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  • B
  • 335,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Eastern

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 45,000

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • Varies, see below.

    Annual hunting license is $10, and a big-game license is $9.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • Varies, see below.

    Annual hunting and fishing license is $100. Non-resident big-game license is $195.

    Cost of Non-Resident License and Permit

Home to Realtree's headquarters, Georgia is one fine turkey hunting state to visit in spring.

Fact is, management of its turkey hunting populations is strictly a spring-oriented deal, and has been for a long time. No fall turkey hunting seasons are offered in the state. Here's why.

Good hatches the last few springs have kept Georgia turkey populations strong, and about 335,000 turkeys are estimated to roam the state now (that's compared to 17,000 in 1973, when the Peach State started its turkey restoration program).

Another aspect of Georgia turkey hunting worth noting is the variety of habitats.

From sprawling flatland pinewoods to red-clay farm country, classic Southern swamps and big-woods/Appalachian-style mountain hunting in the North, Georgia is a mosaic of good turkey spots.  

Plus, you can find walk-in places to hunt gobblers.

Georgia has decent public-land hunting potential, with almost a million acres of good Wildlife Management Area land spread over 90 properties.

There's also the sprawling and remote Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in northern Georgia, offering 867,000 acres of opportunity for the hunter willing to work a little for a bird.

You can also find plenty of good turkey hunting outfitters in Georgia. Do your homework (double-check references) and look around for a reputable operation, of which there are many. Sometimes a turkey-hunting insider can connect you with another person as well.

On a personal note, the food, friends and turkey hunting you encounter on a visit to Georgia is worth it.

My experience has included hearing enough gobbling to keep hunting hard, and of course, the usual array of challenges, including one memorable coyote busting up a hunt just as I was about to pull the trigger on a beautiful strutter.

But hey, that's turkey hunting.

Turkey Hunting in Georgia (c) Tes Randle Jolly photo

Fun Fact: As mentioned at the start, Georgia doesn't have a fall turkey season, opting instead for a conservative management plan that preserves hens to maximize the chances for nesting success, while focusing on high-quality spring gobbler hunting.

– Steve Hickoff

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