Hunting Regulations Correction Regarding Bear Season

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The 2004-2005 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide contains an error about bear hunting, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Page 12 of the Regulations Guide states that “killing of females with cub(s) under 75 pounds is prohibited.” It should read, “killing of females with cub(s), or a cub under 75 pounds is prohibited.”

In the Northern Zone (map or county listing within zones is available in the regulations guide or at www.gohuntgeorgia.com), the black bear archery hunting season is Sept. 11 – Oct. 8, primitive weapons season is Oct. 9-15 and firearms season is Oct. 16-Nov. 21. In the Southern Zone, firearms season dates are Sept. 24-25, Oct. 1-2, Oct. 8-9. The statewide season limit is one bear per hunter.

It is thanks to sound wildlife management practices that more than 2,000 bears currently exist in Georgia, as they once were almost eradicated from the area due to the combination of habitat loss, unregulated killing and overall degradation of habitat due to human development. They typically can be found in three distinct regions in the state, the North Georgia mountains, the Ocmulgee River drainage system in the central part of the state and the Okefenokee Swamp in the southeast.

The 2004-2005 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guidebook is available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com, license agents and through WRD Offices. Call the WRD Hunter Services Office at (770) 761-3044 for further information.