2022-2023 Georgia Deer Season Dates

Last Updated on October 25, 2022 by Brian Grossman

Making plans for the Georgia deer season? You’ve come to the right place! Here are the season dates for archery, primitive weapons and firearms, as well as the either-sex dates (doe days) broke down by county.

The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division sets their hunting regulations in two-year cycles, and the upcoming season will be the second year of the regulations approved back in 2020. Because of that, this year’s deer season and bag limits will look identical to last year other than the normal shift in dates so that all openers fall on their respective Saturdays.

There has been talk about extending the season in some Southwest Georgia counties that experience a rut that often extends beyond the early January season end date, but we don’t believe that change will take place until the next regulations cycle.

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.

Archery, Either Sex
September 10, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Extended Archery,
Either Sex (only for Barrow, Bibb, Chatham, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Decatur, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Muscogee, Paulding, Rockdale, and Seminole counties)
September 10, 2022 - January 31, 2023
Primitive WeaponsOctober 15, 2022 - October 21, 2022
Firearms*October 22, 2022 - January 8, 2023

The bag limit for Georgia deer is 12 per season, Statewide. No more than 10 may be antlerless and no more than two may be antlered. One of the antlered deer must have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers OR a minimum of 15 inches outside antler spread.

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).

2022-2023 Georgia Doe Days

October 22, 2022 – January 8, 2023

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, Hall, 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. 24, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

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.

Nov. 5, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

Baldwin, Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Catoosa, Carroll, Chattooga, Cherokee, Coweta, Crawford, Dade, Elbert, Floyd, Franklin, Gordon, Green, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, 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. 21 – 27, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023

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

Nov. 26 – 27, 2022 and Jan. 1, 2023

Fannin, Rabun, Towns, and Union.

What are your thoughts on this year’s Georgia deer season dates? We’d love to hear your opinion over in our Georgia Deer Hunting (family friendly) Facebook group.

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  1. Have Deer hunted sense I was a little fellow. But I don’t understand why the DNR keeps messing with the dates when the season starts and stops. Where I live and Hunt there more deer than you can shake a stick at, cars are steady running over them.

  2. This article was extremely helpful. Thank you for this. I am moving to Georgia as I’ve just purchased some land in Floyd County. I honestly can’t wait to eat some backstrap.

  3. My problem is at 100 yards I can’t tell if a deer has 4 points on one side or not. I mean it not like he would come up close where I could count. I only harvest deer to eat. I missed one because of that. Stupid rule.

  4. When there is a statewide bag limit and antler requirement ; what is the meaning of doe days per county ? This is confusing. Normally we wouldn’t shoot a doe till later in the season anyway. I will be hunting in Franklin County. Does that mean I can’t shoot a doe until November 5?

  5. To make Ga great hunting for big bucks they should run archery til NOV.20 th for a few years and let some grow or have a chance to get bigger

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