Dog Training on Georgia WMAs and National Forests

Training Dogs for Small Game or Furbearers

  • Allowed during open small game seasons on WMAs.
  • Training seasons for dogs in Chattahoochee National Forest: August 1 - September 7, January 2 - March 17.
  • Training seasons for dogs in Oconee National Forest: August 1 - September 8, January 2 - March 19.
  • Dogs must be confined or on a leash except during hunting or training sessions.
  • Owners must remove all dogs upon departure from the training area.


  • Running deer with dogs is prohibited unless specifically stated otherwise (See Dixon Memorial, Paulks Pasture, Sansavilla, and Townsend WMAs for exceptions).
  • Raccoon hunting is permitted with trail dogs only.
  • Rabbit trail dogs are limited to beagles, basset hounds, and dachshunds.

Bird Dog Training on WMAs

  • Some WMAs authorize bird dog training year-round during daylight hours; check the specific area listing.
  • Only pigeons and pen-raised quail may be used; dog trainers must retain proof of purchase.
  • Shotguns with No. 6 or smaller shots may be used to harvest released birds during training.

Furbearer Dog Training on WMAs

  • Furbearer dog training is authorized from August 1-14 and March 1-19 on some WMAs; see specific listings for details.

Training Bear & Hog Dogs in Chattahoochee National Forest

  • For training dogs to pursue bears and hogs: August 1 - September 7, January 2 - March 17 during legal daylight hours.
  • All participants must possess a valid Hunting license and Big Game license.
  • Sign-in is required once per season online at

Dog Identification and Removal

  • Each dog must have the hunter's contact details marked on them.
  • Upon departure, all dogs must be removed from the area.
  • Pursuing bears onto unauthorized lands with dogs is illegal.

WMA Symbols for Training Activities

  • B - Indicates bird dog training is permitted.
  • F - Signifies furbearer dog training is allowed.
  • R - Denotes rabbit dog training is approved.

These training guidelines serve to ensure safe and controlled environments for dog training activities while conserving wildlife and maintaining public safety on WMAs and National Forest lands. Compliance with the regulations is essential for responsible wildlife management and preserving the tradition of hunting with dogs in Georgia.

Georgia WMAs: Designated Dog Training Areas by Type

Bird Dog Training Areas

These areas permit the use of bird dogs for training purposes:

  • Albany Nursery WMA
  • Alexander WMA
  • Berry College WMA
  • Carters Lake WMA
  • Ceylon WMA
  • Elmodel WMA
  • Flat Creek PFA
  • Hart County WMA
  • Joe Kurz WMA
  • Lower Broad River WMA
  • Pine Log WMA
  • Richmond Hill WMA
  • Walton WMA
  • Yuchi WMA

Rabbit Dog Training Areas

WMAs that allow training with rabbit dogs include:

  • Alexander WMA
  • Beaverdam WMA
  • Berry College WMA
  • Cedar Creek - Little River Area
  • Chickasawhatchee WMA
  • Collins Road VPA
  • Elmodel WMA
  • Fishing Creek WMA
  • Flat Creek PFA
  • Hart County WMA
  • Horse Creek WMA
  • J. L. Lester WMA
  • Mead Farm WMA
  • Otting WMA
  • Paulding Forest WMA
  • Pine Log WMA
  • West Point - Dixie Creek Tract

Furbearer Dog Training Areas

WMAs designated for furbearer dog training are:

  • Cedar Creek - Little River Area
  • Chickasawhatchee WMA
  • Crockford-Pigeon Mtn WMA

Restrictions on Bears and Hogs

Training dogs to pursue, catch, or kill bears or hogs on WMAs is generally prohibited, except where explicitly stated otherwise in the regulations.

Hunters and dog trainers using these areas for training must adhere to the specific guidelines and seasons for each area, ensuring all activities align with Georgia's conservation goals and WMA regulations.

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