River Bend WMA Dove Hunting
December 19, 2021 - January 31, 2022
Go up, up, and away and head to River Bend WMA in Dublin GA as dove hunting lands for the 2021-2022 season. Bag those birds steps from I-16. All hunts are 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
Upcoming 2021-2022 Dove Hunt Dates
December 19th – January 31st
Licenses & Permits
- The Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp is required for ALL migratory bird hunters (doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, coots, rails, or gallinules) that are 16 and older, even if a hunting license is not required. This stamp is how Georgia participates in the federal Harvest Information Program (HIP). Some licenses allow the license holder to get the Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp at no cost. The Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp is only valid for a single season (March to February). Hunters must obtain a new Georgia Migratory Bird Stamp each season. A Federal Duck Stamp ($25) is still required if hunting duck and geese for hunters age 16 and older.
- 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 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 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. The road to check station is on the right.