Mobility Impaired Firearms Hunting River Bend WMA
October 3 - October 4
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 3, 2020
Get fired up during mobility-impaired firearms hunting at River Bend WMA, an accessible location for wheelchair hunting of either sex from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset on October 3rd through October 4th.
Mobility Impaired Firearms Hunting Details
- Mobility-Impaired means anyone confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia or single-leg amputation above the knee.
- This is a check-in hunt for hunters who are mobility-impaired only. You must check-in prior to hunting. Mobility-Impaired hunters may check-in starting at noon one day prior to the hunt, anytime during the hunt, or online at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com. Check-in is required once for each check-in period
- .All game harvested at a check-in hunt must be checked-out at the check station on the day of the harvest and should not be recorded on your Harvest Record or reported through Georgia Game Check.
- Legal hours for firearms mobility impaired hunting are sunrise to sundown at River Bend WMA.
- Hunters must wear as an outer garment at least 500 inches of visible hunter orange above the waist.
Licenses & Permits
Any person entering any designated fee area on state-owned WMAs must process a Georgia Lands Pass or fishing/hunting license. Annual fee: $30 for residents & $60 for nonresidents
To purchase licenses, visit http://www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes
For a list of all unlawful activities NOT permitted at River Bend WMA, visit http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/general-w-m-a-regulations/
North Tract Highlights
- A small cypress bottom lies just past the entrance on the left. You can park your car near the small bridge and walk into the trees if the area is dry.
- The Waterfowl Impoundment (funded by Ducks Unlimited) features a boardwalk leading to an overlook platform. Tread quietly as waterfowl will scatter quickly.
- Troup’s Lake is an ox box of the Oconee River, known for excellent fishing since the 1800s, as the lake is regularly replenished by river flooding. Prothonotary warblers and large alligators are regularly seen in and around the lake during warmer months.
- Take the hiking trail south from the boat landing at Troup’s Lake for views of the Oconee River.
- Camp under the stars. Primitive camping sites are available for up to 14 days.
South Tract Highlights
Located 6 miles south from I-16 on exit 58 on Hwy 199
- Less accessible, more secluded, and with fewer amenities than the north tract.
- Walking trails in various states of repair through the remote coastal plain swamp. You may have the whole 1,700 acres to yourself.
- The Georgia Ornithological Society and the DNR maintain the South Tract habitat specifically to support the Swainson’s warbler, and this area has the largest known concentration in the state. Swainson’s warblers may be heard (but rarely seen) at cane thickets near stream crossings at various points along the trails.
- For best swamp views, drive straight to Beacham’s Lake and walk the trail around the lake. Wet weather may turn the trail to the swamp so be prepared to back-track or bring waders.
From Dublin, take I-16 east to exit 58 (Hwy. 199) and turn south. Go 0.2 miles. Road to check station is on the right.
For all the WMA requirements and mobility-impaired requirements, please review http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/general-w-m-a-regulations/
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