Turkey Hunting in Georgia

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  • B
  • 250,000-300,000

    Wild Turkey Population

  • Eastern

    Turkey Subspecies

  • 45,000

    Number of Licenses Sold Annually

  • Resident big-game license: $25.

    One day: $10. Additional day: $2.

    Cost of Resident License and Permit

  • Non-resident big-game license: $225.

    One day: $130. Additional day: $8.

    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. No fall turkey hunting seasons are offered in the state. 

Georgia turkey populations, like much of the Southeast, are in decline from once successful restoration numbers. About 250,000-300,000 turkeys are estimated to roam here now in early 2022, down from 350,000 birds (NWTF data source).

On the "glass half full" side of things, that's compared to 17,000 in 1973, mind you, when the Peach State started its turkey restoration program.

All said, the state still earns a "B" Turkey Hunting Nation ranking from us.

Where to Go

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 (WMA) 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.

My Georgia experiences have 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

New Dates, Bag Limits, 2022 Spring Turkey Season

Some changes include these updated regulations:

  • Statewide turkey season is shifted to open one week later on April 2, 2022. On WMAs, VPAs, and National Forests, the turkey season opens 2 weeks later on April 9, 2022. The season still closes on May 15.
  • The statewide bag limit has been reduced to 2 gobblers per season, with a 1 gobber daily bag limit. Additionally, the bag limit on WMAs, VPAs, and National Forest lands (outside WMAs) is 1 gobbler per area.

– Steve Hickoff

[Newsmaker: Turkeys for Tomorrow Group Aims to Help Declining Southeast Populations]

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