From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at

(PLEASE NOTE: The counties listed for the zones are from the 2012-2013 eregulations page – CHECK this year’s regulations when they are published to ensure accuracy. The DNR did not publish a map for this information, or, if they did, they put it in a basement somewhere protected by leopards and alligators, with no lights.)

Black Bear Seasons

Northern Zone

(In Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield Cos.)

  • Archery: Sept. 14 – Oct. 11
  • Primitive Weapons: Oct. 12 – 18
  • Firearms: Oct. 19 – Dec. 1

Central Zone

(In Bibb, Houston, Twiggs Cos.)

  • Firearms: Dec. 14

Southern Zone

(In Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware Cos.)

  • Firearms: Sept. 26-28; Oct 3-5; Oct 10-12

Why there isn’t an archery season in the Central or Southern zone, I have no idea.  Then again, in the Central zone, what are they going to do, say “From 7:30 am to 9:45 am, it’s archery season…”   I imagine the rule is “During Firearms season, if you want to use a bow, go for it,” but calling the DNR and asking would be the best plan.

Here are the links to more information about bears in Georgia. (Not me, actual bears.) Click on the images to load the full page:

fed bear


fact sheet




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