Photo of a turkey harvested on a Georgia WMA.

Even if you didn’t get drawn for one of Georgia’s 2023 quota turkey hunts, don’t put those calls away just yet. Peach State hunters are blessed to have plenty of public land turkey hunting opportunities available on WMAs and VPAs that don’t require the luck of the draw. 

These sign-in turkey hunts are open to any licensed Georgia hunter who signs in and shows up during the area’s open season dates. Any turkeys taken on these hunts must be recorded on your big game harvest log and checked in online or on your Georgia Outdoors app, the same as if you took them on private land.

To make life easier on you, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the Georgia WMAs and VPAs offering these sign-in hunts and the specific dates of those hunts that we’ve shared below. Then we finish up with some public land turkey hunting etiquette, as well as several public land turkey hunting tips to help you increase your odds for success this season.

DISCLAIMER: Keep in mind, that while we do our best to insure our information is as accurate as possible, you should always check the official Georgia hunting regulations before heading afield. 

2023 Georgia WMA & VPA Turkey Hunts

Below is a comprehensive list of more than 100 non-quota WMA/VPA turkey hunts. As you may notice, the earliest any of these public land hunts open is April 8, a full week after the statewide turkey season opens. That was part of the significant changes made to the turkey season by the Georgia DNR starting in 2022.

Also included in this table is the overall WMA/VPA success rates. Keep in mind, these include any quota AND non-quota hunts held on the properties. It’s also important to keep these success rate figures in perspective.

While a 33% success rate for the Rum Creek WMA, Berry Creek track may have you wanting to make the drive, keep in mind it’s a small, archery only unit that had just three hunters sign in last year, and one of them was fortunate enough to kill a bird.

My point is that small tracts with small overall hunter numbers can have skewed success rates. Just something to keep in mind as you’re making a decision where you want to hunt.

WMA/VPAHunt Dates2022 Hunter Success
Alapaha River WMAApr 22-May 155.7%
Alexander WMAApr 8-May 154.1%
Allatoona WMAApr 8-May 156.1%
Alligator Creek WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Altama Plantation WMAApr 8-May 152.6%
Altamaha WMA
Buffalo Swamp, Lewis Island,
and McGowan Lake Tracts
Apr 8-May 150.0%
Arrowhead WMAMobility Impaired
Apr 8-Apr 14
B.F. Grant WMAApr 22-May 155.7%
Balls Ferry State ParkArchery
Apr 17-May 15
Bartram Forest WMAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Beaverdam WMAApr 8-May 158.2%
Berry College WMAApr 8-May 158.2%
Big Dukes Pond WMAApr 8-May 158.3%
Big Hammock WMAApr 8-May 153.1%
Big Lazer Creek WMAMay 1-May 152.7%
Blanton Creek WMAApr 22-May 155.3%
Blue Ridge WMAApr 8-May 151.9%
Broad River WMAApr 8-May 152.6%
Bullard Creek WMAApr 15-May 158.8%
Bullard Creek WMA
Bell Telephone Tract
Apr 8-May 155.9%
Bullard Creek WMA
Montgomery Tract
Apr 8-May 15Unknown
Bullard Creek WMA
Ocmulgee Tract
Apr 8-May 150.0%
Camp Thunder VPAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Canoochee Sandhills WMAApr 8-May 153.4%
Cardinal VPAApr 8-May 15 0.0%
Carter’s Lake WMAApr 8-May 15
Cedar Creek WMAApr 8-May 153.6%
Cedar Creek WMA - Little River AreaApr 8-May 151.1%
Cedar Grove VPAApr 8-May 150.0%
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA
May 8-May 155.4%
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA
Blackjack Crossing
Apr 8-May 15
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA
Fort Perry
May 10-May 150.0%
Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA
VPA Tracts
Apr 8-May 1520.0%
Chattahoochee National Forest
Outside of WMAs
Apr 8-May 152.1%
Chattahoochee WMAApr 8-May 157.3%
Chestatee WMAApr 8-May 154.4%
Chickasawhatchee WMAApr 29-May 153.4%
Clarks Hill WMAApr 8-May 153.4%
Clayhole Swamp WMAApr 8-May 158.2%
Cohutta WMAApr 8-May 158.1%
Conasauga River WMAApr 8-Apr 230.0%
Coopers Creek WMAApr 8-May 156.3%
Coosawattee WMAApr 8-May 154.2%
Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMAApr 15-May 1511.0%
Dawson Forest WMAApr 8-May 155.8%
Di-Lane Plantation WMAApr 29-May 1515.4%
Dixon Bay WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Dixon Memorial WMAApr 8-May 153.2%
Dupont Tract VPAApr 8-May 150.0%
Echeconnee Creek WMAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Elbert County WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Elmodel WMAApr 8-May 153.4%
Fishing Creek WMAApr 8-May 155.3%
Flat Creek PFAApr 8-May 150.0%
Flat Tub WMAApr 8-May 150.9%
Flint River WMAApr 8-May 154.8%
Germany Creek WMAApr 8-May 152.8%
Grand Bay WMAApr 29-Apr 3015.8%
Hannahatchee WMAApr 8-May 156.2%
Hart County WMAApr 8-May 152.5%
Hiltonia WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Horse Creek WMAApr 8-May 152.4%
J.L. Lester WMAApr 8-May 153.2%
John’s Mountain WMAApr 8-May 154.6%
Keg Creek WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Kretlow Farm VPAApr 8-May 15Unknown
Lake Russell WMAApr 8-May 153.5%
Lake Seminole WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Lake Walter F. George WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Little Satilla WMAApr 8-May 151.9%
Lola Tract VPAApr 8-May 150.0%
Lower Broad River WMAApr 8-May 152.3%
Mayhaw WMAApr 8-May 157.1%
McGraw Ford WMAApr 15-May 150.7%
Mead Farm WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Montezuma Bluffs WMAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Moody Forest WMAApr 14-Apr 295.4%
Morgan Lake WMAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Oaky Woods WMAApr 15-May 152.0%
Ocmulgee WMAApr 22-May 155.5%
Ocmulgee WMA
Gum Swamp Creek
Apr 8-May 15
Oconee WMAApr 22-May 154.8%
Oconee WMA
Rock Hawk Trails & Effigy
Apr 22-May 15
Ohoopee Dunes WMA
North Tract
Apr 22-May 157.1%
Ohoopee Dunes WMA
South Tract
Apr 8-May 157.1%
Oliver Bridge WMAApr 8-May 151.0%
Otting WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Paulding Forest WMAMay 1-May 158.7%
Paulks Pasture WMAApr 8-May 156.5%
Penholoway Swamp WMAApr 8-May 152.2%
Phinizy Swamp WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Pine Log WMAApr 8-May 155.8%
Redlands WMAApr 8-May 155.6%
Redlands WMA
Watson’s Spring Area
Apr 8-May 15Unknown
Rich Mountain WMAApr 8-May 153.4%
Rich Mountain WMA
Apr 8-May 150.0%
Richmond Hill WMAApr 8-May 158.9%
River Bend WMAApr 22-May 157.5%
Rocky Mountain Recreation PFAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Rogers WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Rum Creek WMA
Berry Creek
Apr 8-May 15
Sandhills WMA - EastApr 8-May 156.7%
Sandhills WMA - WestApr 8-May 152.0%
Sansavilla WMAApr 8-May 150.8%
Scotland Road VPAApr 8-May 1514.3%
Sheffield WMAMay 1-May 154.7%
Silver Lake WMAMay 4-May 155.3%
Soap Creek WMAApr 8-May 150.0%
Sparks Cut Off VPAApr 8-May 150.0%
Spirit Creek Forest WMAArchery
Apr 8-May 15
Sprewell Bluff WMA
Apr 8-May 1511.7%
Sprewell Bluff WMA
Apr 8-May 153.2%
Swallow Creek WMAApr 8-May 150.9%
Tallulah Gorge WMAApr 8-May 154.1%
Townsend WMA
Buck Island Tract
Apr 8-May 153.2%
Townsend WMA
North, South, and Pine Island Tracts
Apr 8-May 157.1%
Treat Mountain VPAMay 1-May 159.5%
Tuckahoe WMAApr 8-May 157.9%
Warren Farm Tract VPAApr 8-May 150.0%
Warwoman WMAApr 8-May 154.6%
West Point WMAApr 15-May 158.1%
West Point WMA
Dixie Creek
Apr 15-May 150.0%
Wilson Shoals WMAApr 15-May 152.4%
Yuchi WMAApr 8-May 156.7%
Zahnd WMAApr 8-May 1510.0%

Public Land Etiquette

Turkey hunting on public lands requires special etiquette to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. There wouldn’t be very few conflicts in the woods, if we’d all just follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

With that in mind, here are a few essential guidelines to follow when turkey hunting on public lands:

  1. Know the rules and follow them: Georgia WMAs and VPAs each have their own respective season dates, rules and regulations. Make sure you have studied them thoroughly before heading afield so you can avoid an uncomfortable run-in with Mr. Green Jeans.
  2. Respect your fellow turkey hunters: Always be mindful of other hunters around you. Avoid walking into areas where another hunter is likely turkey hunting, and never try to cut someone off from a bird they are actively working.
  3. Use proper communication: Good communication is essential when hunting on public lands. If you end up at the same access point as other hunters, make it a point to let them know you intentions, and find out their plans as well. In some cases, you may be able to work together to help one or both of you to fill a turkey tag.
  4. Practice good safety: Always follow proper safety protocols when hunting on public lands. Here are some recommended safety tips from the Georgia DNR:
    • Never wear red, white, blue or black clothing while turkey hunting. Red is the color most hunters look for when distinguishing a gobbler’s head from a hen’s blue-colored head, but at times it may appear white or blue. Male turkey feathers covering most of the body are black in appearance. Camouflage should be used to cover everything, including the hunter’s face, hands and firearm.
    • Select a calling position that provides at least a shoulder-width background, such as the base of a tree. Be sure that at least a 180-degree range is visible.
    • Do not stalk a gobbling turkey. Due to their keen eyesight and hearing, the chances of getting close are slim to none.
    • When using a turkey call, the sound and motion may attract the interest of other hunters. Do not move, wave or make turkey-like sounds to alert another hunter to your presence. Instead, identify yourself in a loud voice.
    • Be careful when carrying a harvested turkey from the woods. Do not allow the wings to hang loosely or the head to be displayed in such a way that another hunter may think it is a live bird. If possible, cover the turkey in a blaze orange garment or other material.
    • Although not required, it is suggested that hunters wear blaze orange when moving between a vehicle and a hunting site. When moving between hunting sites, hunters should wear blaze orange on their upper bodies to facilitate their identification by other hunters.
  5. Leave no trace: Remember to leave the area as you found it. Do not leave behind any trash or hunting equipment, and respect the natural environment. Be sure to report any violations or issues to the appropriate authorities.

By following these etiquette guidelines, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable turkey hunting experience for everyone on public lands.

Public Land Turkey Hunting Tips

Turkey hunting on public lands can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Here are a few tips to help make your turkey hunting on public lands more successful:

  1. Scout the area: Scouting the area before the hunt is critical to identifying the best spots to set up and locate turkeys. Look for signs of turkey activity such as droppings, tracks, feathers, and scratching.
  2. Be flexible: On public lands, other hunters may have already set up in your preferred location. Be prepared to move around and explore new areas. If your work schedule allows, hunt some weekdays when the crowd will be much smaller. It can also be good to slip in some midday hunts. Most public land turkey hunters are out of the woods and hitting the local Waffle House by 10 a.m. Try spending some time in the woods after that, and you may intercept a tom looking to reconnect with a lonely hen late morning.
  3. Cover some ground: Don’t be afraid to burn some boot leather when hunting Georgia public land. The more ground you cover, occasionally calling, the more likely you are to finally stumble on a motivated gobbler. If even after covering miles of ground, you still can’t get a bird gobbling, it’s time to move on to tip #4.
  4. Be patient: Public land turkeys typically see a lot of pressure, which means they may be more cautious and call-shy. It also means they are much less likely to gobble than unpressured birds, especially once they leave their morning roost. Patience is essential in these situations. Don’t be afraid to setup in an area you know turkeys frequent and wait them out. Call softly every 10-15 minutes and make sure you stay aware of your surroundings, as a bird may slip in silently.

By following these turkey hunting tips, you can increase your chances of success while also respecting other hunters and the natural environment on public lands.

Here are a few additional tips for public land turkeys.


Georgia turkey hunters are fortunate to have mover one million acres of public hunting land at their disposal. Many of these properties are open for turkey hunting without the need to be drawn. You can just show up during an open hunt, sign in, and go hunt.

It won’t be easy hunting. These public land birds have seen and heard it all. But when things finally come together, and you get the squeeze the trigger on a big boss gobbler, there’s no better feeling in the world. I hope you get to experience that this spring!

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  1. Brian I got picked for a turkey quote hunt this April wondering if I can take my wife with me hunting as a quest thanks

    1. Robert, it would be best to check with DNR law enforcement on that one. I’m not aware of any regulation that would prohibit it, as long as she’s not involved in the hunt (carrying a weapon, calling turkeys, etc.), but I’ve heard of other people being told differently.

      1. I believe that any person along, armed or not, to is considered to be a part of that hunt and they need to be licensed, and in the context of a quota hunt should have the quota permit, and is treated as any other hunter would. The same as with any person “tagging along” on a gator hunt. Any person in the party is required to have the same license, or permit, to be a part of the hunt. That’s my opinion. Always pays to check and be sure beforehand. JS

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