A duck hunter blends into the landscape. (Photo: Ryan Hagerty, USFWS)

Waterfowl hunting season opened in Georgia Nov. 18.

Experts with the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division said duck and goose hunters should face much better hunting conditions than last year.

WRD state waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom said in a prepared statement:


Last year, many of the managed wetlands that provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl on state-operated wildlife management areas were dry. But this year, conditions are much better due to summer rains and fall hurricanes. WRD-managed impoundments are flooded or near full, with good food production. Duck and goose hunters should have no problems this year finding hunting spots that have water and provide habitat for migratory ducks and geese.

Duck season, and the third and fourth segments of goose season, in Georgia runs Nov. 18–26 and Dec. 9–Jan. 28. Click here for full migratory bird hunting regulations.

For hunting waterfowl in Georgia, a Georgia hunting license, a Georgia migratory bird license and a federal duck stamp (now available when you purchase your other recreational licenses) are required. WRD has made purchasing them more convenient with the creation of the “waterfowl package” at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com.

In Tennessee, hunting season for ducks, and the second phase for Canada geese, begins the weekend of Nov. 25–26, then resumes Dec. 2, continuing through Jan. 28. Hunting season for blue, snow, Ross’ and white-fronted geese also begins the weekend of Nov. 25–26, then continues from Dec. 2 through Feb. 10.

Youth waterfowl hunting dates are Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. A hunting season called the Light Goose Conservation Season is scheduled from Feb. 11 to March 9.

In addition, there is a sandhill crane hunting season, which in Southeast Tennessee runs from Dec. 2 to Jan. 11, and again Jan. 15–28.

Learn more about waterfowl hunting in Tennessee, including required licenses and fees, here.

In Alabama, hunting season for ducks, coots and mergansers, as well as the third and fourth segments of goose season, is scheduled for Nov. 24–25, then from Dec. 2 through Jan. 28. The second date for special youth waterfowl hunting is Feb. 3.

Learn more about waterfowl hunting in Alabama here.