River Bend WMA Small Game Hunting
October 3, 2022 - February 28, 2023
Go small game hunting in Dublin GA at River Bend Wildlife Management Area on specific listed dates from August 15th, 2022 through February 28th, 2023.
Squirrel, grouse, rabbit, quail, fox, bobcat, raccoon and opossum may all be hunted at River Bend WMA. Consult the Hunting Regulations for specific hunting dates for each species and all rules and regulations.
Small Game Hunting Dates
- October 3rd, 2022 – February 28th, 2023
Licenses & Permits
Any person small game hunting on state-owned WMAs must possess a Georgia Hunting License. A Georgia Hunting License, Georgia Fishing License or Georgia Lands Pass is required for any persons entering any designated fee areas.
To purchase licenses, click HERE.
Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions regarding licenses.
Review all WMA requirements and unlawful activities HERE.
River Bend WMA North Tract Highlights
Located 0.2 miles south of I-16 at exit 58 on Highway 199. Click HERE for the interactive map.
Upon entering the River Bend WMA, 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.
Continue on the road to the archery range, check station, and camping area where you can camp under the stars. Primitive camping sites are available for up to 14 days.
At the fork in the road, turn right to head to the Waterfowl Impoundment (funded by Ducks Unlimited), featuring a boardwalk leading to an overlook platform. Tread quietly as waterfowl will scatter quickly.
Going straight at the fork in the road will take you to Troup’s Lake, which is an oxbow of the Oconee River, known for its excellent fishing since the 1800’s, 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.
River Bend WMA South Tract Highlights
Located 6 miles south of I-16 at exit 58 on Highway 199. Click HERE for the interactive map.
Less accessible, more secluded, and with fewer amenities than the North Tract.
Find 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 Department of Natural Resources (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.
River Bend WMA is located off I-16 at exit 58 outside of Dublin, GA. From Dublin, take I-16 East to exit 58 (Highway 199). Turn South and go 0.2 miles for the North Tract. Head 6 miles down Highway 199 for the South Tract.
Photo credit: Law Enforcement Division – Georgia DNR