Official 2020-2021 Georgia Deer Season Dates

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The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division recently released the official dates for Georgia’s 2020-2021 deer season. The overall season structure remains the same as last season, with just the normal shift in dates so that all season openers fall on their respective Saturdays.

The only proposed regulation change for the 2020-2021 season is moving the Mistletoe State Park deer hunt from November 11-12, 2020 to December 1-2, 2020 due to the Masters golf tournament being rescheduled for November 9-15.

Always remember to consult with the latest official Georgia Hunting Regulations before heading afield. Those can be found at Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division homepage.

Official Georgia Deer Season Dates

Archery, Either Sex
September 12, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Extended Archery,
Either Sex (only for Bibb, Chatham, Clark, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb,
Forsyth, Fulton,
Gwinnett, Henry & Rockdale)
September 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Primitive WeaponsOctober 10, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Firearms*October 17, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Twelve (12) per season, Statewide. No more than ten (10) may be antlerless and no more than two (2) may be antlered. One of the antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.

Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of GA Hwy. 92), and the portion of Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth County south of Ga Hwy. 20, only archery, shotguns, and muzzleloaders may be used (no other firearms allowed). In Hancock, Harris, Meriwether, Montgomery, Randolf, Talbot and Troup Counties, only antlered bucks with at least 4 points on either side are legal. In Dooly and Macon Counties, antlered bucks must have a minimum 15-inch outside spread.

Georgia 2020-2021 Either Sex Deer Season Dates

October 17, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Baker, Ben Hill, Bibb, Bleckley, Brooks, Burke, Calhoun, Candler, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clarke, Clay, Colquitt, Columbia, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Douglas, Dougherty, Early, Emanuel, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton (South of Hwy. 92), Glascock, Grady, Gwinnett, Hancock, Harris, Henry, Houston, Irwin, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lee, Macon, Marion, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Rockdale, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Washington, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson, and Worth. (In that portion of Forsyth lying south of GA Hwy 20, only shotguns and muzzleloaders may be used)

Oct. 19, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021

Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Berrien, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Effingham, Evans, Glynn (except that portion lying within Jekyll Island), Jeff Davis, Lanier, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Ware, and Wayne.

Oct. 31, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021

Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Catoosa, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Coweta, Crawford, Dade, Elbert, Floyd, Franklin, Gordon, Green, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Heard, Lamar, Lincoln, Madison, McDuffie, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Paulding, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Spalding, Taliaferro, Upson, Walker, Walton, Warren, and Wilkes.

Nov. 23 – 29, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021

Dawson, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Stephens, White, and Whitfield.

Nov. 28 – 29, 2020 and Jan. 1, 2021

Fannin, Rabun, Towns, and Union.


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  • I completely disagree with the either sex days including youth under the age of 15. If we as hunters are trying to pass this on to our children, then they should be able to shoot what they want at any point in the rifle season. From the day season opens to the day it ends. Ridiculous to expect a child to do something with no results and expect them to continue. My daughter is 9 and is going hunting this morning in Haralson county where I will have to break her heart when the doe steps out this morning. Just ridiculous!!

    • This isn’t meant to be negative, but why not let her hunt during the primitive weapons week? She’s allowed to carry a rifle for those 7 days prior to the statewide firearms season. She’d be able to shoot either sex. If scheduling conflicted, then I understand. Just a suggestion. My daughters get most of their hunting done that week. It gives me a chance to focus on them and then hunt the rut without taking them in with me.

  • Hancock county needs to drop 4 points on one side on all bucks and should follow state guidelines so old mature scrub bucks with less than 4 points can be legally culled