Columbia County Hunting Guide- National Hunting and Fishing Day
The fourth Saturday in September has been set aside as a day to enjoy the sport of responsible hunting and fishing. Columbia County’s proximity to Clarks Hill Lake creates an abundance of public lands and natural resources full of incredible wildlife. Check out our guide below for locations to hunt and/or fish and the species you can expect to find in Columbia County.
Know Before You Go
In an effort to preserve the natural resources and conservation efforts of the State of Georgia, anyone born after January 1, 1961 must first complete a hunter education course before purchasing a Hunting License. There are a few exceptions. More details and on course registration and information can be found here. You can purchase a license online from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources or one of the following locations:
Academy Sports (4210 Washington Rd, Evans, GA 30809)
Ace Hardware (5127 Wrightsboro Rd, Grovetown, GA 30813)
Gander Outdoors (145 Mason McKnight Jr Pkwy, Augusta, GA 30907)
Mistletoe State Park (3725 Mistletoe Rd, Appling, GA 30802)
Pair of Jacks (6600 Washington Rd, Appling, GA 30802)
Pollards Corner (6007 Clarks Hill Rd, Appling, GA 30802)
Walmart (4469 Washington Rd, Evans, GA 30809)
Walmart (510 Steiner Way, Grovetown, GA 30813)
Walmart (260 Bobby Jones Exwy, Martinez, GA 30907)
Species and Seasons in Georgia
There are many game species in Georgia but the most popular in our area are deer, turkey, dove, waterfowl, small game and non-native/invasive species.
Archery, September 14, 2019- January 12, 2020
Primitive Weapons, October 12, 2019- January 12, 2020
Firearms, October 19, 2019- January 12, 2020.
Limit: 12 per season, statewide*
March 21 – May 15, 2020.
Limit: 3 gobblers per season
September 7-30, 2019
November 23- December 1, 2019
December 6, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Limit: 15 per day, 45 in possession
Water Fowl & Migratory Bird Season**
Ducks, November 23- December 1, 2019
December 12, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Opossum, October 15, 2019 – February 29, 2020
Rabbit, November 16, 2019 – February 29, 2020; 12 per day.
Raccoon, October 15, 2019 – February 29, 2020; 3 per day.
Squirrel, August 15, 2019 – February 29, 2020; 12 per day.
Non-native/Invasive Species ***
Feral Hog, Coyotes, Beavers, Armadillos, Groundhogs, Starlings, Pigeons & English Sparrows; no closed season, no limit.
* For additional species, regulations and limits, visit here.
*** Additional regulations here.
Where to Hunt
Keg Creek Wildlife Management Area
This 800-acre property offers hunting opportunities for deer (archery only), turkey and small game. There is no fee to access the land but a valid Hunting or Fishing License is required. Visit here for an interactive map. Camping is not allowed on this property.
Corp of Engineers Recreation Areas for Hunting
There are approximately 55,000 acres of public land around Clarks Hill Lake that are suitable for hunting. Over 1,000 of these acres are in Columbia County. All Georgia hunting regulations apply to these lands and waters. Hunters must also possess a valid Georgia Hunting License and applicable permits.
Below Dam Quail Habitat Demonstration Area– 335 acres
Lake Springs– 240 acres
Ridge Road West– 620 acres
Where to Stay
If you would like more information on fishing in the area, check out our Clarks Hill Fishing Guide.