SOCIAL CIRCLE – Hunters who want to bag some of those “early birds” this year can take advantage of the upcoming early hunting seasons for teal and Canada geese, officials with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division said.
Early Canada goose season is Sept. 2-24, with a daily limit of five geese, and early teal season is Sept. 9-24, with a daily limit of six teal.
“Look for teal in shallow water with submerged or emergent vegetation for them to feed on,” State Waterfowl Biologist Kara Nitschke said in a news release. “They are smaller birds, so it is key to have water levels not much deeper than a foot.
“Look for geese in open water near pastures or other grassy areas along the bank. Geese are grazers, and they prefer to fly into an area, land on the water then walk up the bank to feed on nearby grasses.”
Hunters looking for a place to hunt teal and geese may visit a Georgia Wildlife Management Area that is open for small game hunting during the statewide teal and goose seasons, or even at beaver ponds and other natural wetlands. (Always ensure you have permission to hunt any private property.) Lakes and reservoirs such as Juliette, Clarks Hill, West Point, and Seminole also offer great hunting opportunities for teal and geese.
Waterfowl hunters need a hunting license, the Georgia migratory bird stamp and the federal duck stamp. All licenses may be purchased at GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com. More information about waterfowl hunting is available at GeorgiaWildlife.com/migratory-bird-info.