River Bend WMA Small Game Hunting
August 15 - October 1
Go small game hunting in Dublin, GA at River Bend Wildlife Management Area August 15th through February 28th on specific listed dates daily from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
Alligators may be taken on small game during statewide alligator season by quota permit holders only.
Coyotes: Weapons restricted to legal firearms and archery. Electronic calls may be used. No night hunting.
Furbearers: Raccoons, opossum, foxes, and bobcats may be hunted. Night hunting is allowed. Hunters must pick up their dogs by 12 noon on the day following the hunt. Electronic calls are prohibited
Crows, Snipe, & Woodcock: Electronic calls permitted for crows. No limit on crows.
Bird dog training allowed.
Upcoming Small Game Hunting
August 15th through October 1st
October 4th through February 28th
Licenses & Permits
Any person small game hunting or entering any designated fee area on state-owned WMAs must process a Georgia Lands Pass or hunting/fishing 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 while small game hunting, visit http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/general-w-m-a-regulations/
River Bend WMA 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 oxbox of the Oconee River, known for excellent fishing since the 1800’s, as the lake is regularly replenished by river flooding. Prothonotary warblers and large alligators 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.
River Bend WMA 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.
For GPS/Map Apps use 1945 Hwy. 199 South, East Dublin, GA
River Bend WMA is located off I-16 at exit 58 in Dublin, GA. From Dublin, take 1-16 East to exit 58 (Hwy. 199). Turn South and go 0.2 miles. Road to check station is on right.
Photo credit: Law Enforcement Division – Georgia DNR