Photo for the Hunting landing page. A couple and their dog happily prepare for a day of hunting.

Wildlife and fisheries management within the boundary of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests is a cooperative effort between the USDA Forest Service and the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). That's because the federal government owns the land and is responsible for its management while the State of Georgia owns the animals and is responsible for their management. This means the Forest Service manages wildlife habitat and the DNR manages the animals by setting hunting seasons, bag limits, and other such rules and regulations.

You can find information about hunting and fishing rules and regulations on the Wildlife Resources Division's web site at or download DNR Mobile Apps. See a list of Wildlife Management Areas or an interactive map to find locations to hunt.

See also: Guide to Firearms Use on the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests

See more Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Hunting and Fishing

***NEW*** - As a benefit to hunters and wildlife enthusiasts, a series of new maps are now available that depict wildlife openings/clearings on the forest, which are small areas managed to provide a diverse habitat of grasses and native plants that are essential for wildlife, such as turkeys, deer, and numerous songbirds. The maps also depict prescribed fire burn units for the most recent three years. Controlled burning helps enhance wildlife habitat to encourage new vegetative growth that provide forage and shelter for wildlife species.

These six large color maps display roads, seasonal road closures, trails, wilderness areas and recreation sites. These maps are being made available for the use and enjoyment of visitors to the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, but are not intended for official use or enforcement of federal regulations. Data shown on these maps are for reference only. The U.S. Forest Service strives to obtain accurate and precise data, however, there are likely some errors in these data.

All of these files require Adobe Reader or the Avenza mobile application for viewing. These maps are georeferenced for user convenience when using mobile applications, however printed copies are not available.