When Is Raccoon Season In Georgia

Tennessee Hunting

Small Game Species

Coots Beaver Armadillo Crow Bobcat Bullfrog Gallinules/Moorhens Coyote Collared Dove Mourning Dove Fox Grouse Waterfowl: Ducks & Geese Groundhog Quail Snipe Mink Rabbit Woodcock Muskrat Squirrel Rails Opossum River Otter Raccoon Skunk Weasel

Hunting Seasons

All hunting seasons are closed unless opened by specific Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission proclamations.

Possession limit is twice the daily bag limit, except for migratory game birds, and except on opening day. Dogs allowed for hunting all small game species, except on specific WMAs where indicated.

Armadillo, beaver, coyote, groundhog, striped skunk – Open year-round, no limit.

Fox, mink, muskrat, otter a , spotted skunk, weasel – Open Nov. 22, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020 no limit.

Bobcat b – Open Nov. 22, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020. Limit 1 per day.

  1. All river otters harvested must be tagged by harvester with Tennessee U. S. CITES tags. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions.
  2. Bobcat pelts must be tagged with Tennessee U.S. CITES tags in order to be exported from the U.S. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions

Bullfrog Hunting

All waters of the state are open to bullfrog hunting except waters within state and federal wildlife refuges. Season is open year-round, except on TWRA managed lakes the season is June 1–30. Bag limit is 20 per person, per night. The use of firearms is prohibited for bullfrog hunting on wildlife management areas and TWRA lakes, except air guns may be used. Only domestically raised bullfrogs or parts thereof may be sold. A hunting license is required to take bullfrogs. No WMA permit is required.

Raccoon and Opossum Hunting

Opossum can be taken during the raccoon hunting season. No limit. Night is defined as one 24-hour period beginning at sunset.

Private Land Season – Open sunset July 1 through sunset Sept. 18, 2019. Bag limit is 1 per person per night. WMAs and all other public lands are closed during this period. Closed in Scott, Morgan, Roane, Rhea, Hamilton counties and all other Tennessee counties east of those counties.

Statewide – Opens sunrise Sept. 19, 2019 – sunrise Feb. 29, 2020; bag limit 2 per person per night.

Raccoon Dog Training (no taking)

Year-round except where regulated by Private Acts. The following counties are regulated by Private Acts: DeKalb County is open for year-round training except in the portion lying south and west of State Hwy. 96 and U. S. Hwy. 70 where the training season will open 30 days prior to the hunting season. Refer to specific WMA listings for WMA raccoon dog training seasons.

Trapping Seasons

Beaver, coyote, groundhog – Open year-round, no limit.

Bobcat a , fox, mink, muskrat, opossum, otter b , raccoon, spotted skunk, striped skunk, weasel – Open Nov. 22, 2019 – Feb. 29, 2020; no limit

  1. Bobcat pelts must be tagged with Tennessee U. S. CITES tags in order to be exported from the U. S. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions.
  2. All river otters harvested must be tagged by harvester with Tennessee U. S. CITES tags. Contact your TWRA regional office for instructions.
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Dog Training

Training of bird dogs and squirrel dogs is permitted year-round on private lands, during daylight hours only. Training of rabbit dogs is permitted year round on private lands day and night. The chasing of foxes with hounds is permitted year-round, day and night. A hunting license is required while training dogs except when a person is competing in recognized field trials. When training on a WMA, a small game permit (see License Fees) is required. Refer to specific WMA listings for WMA dog training seasons. See Unit CWD for bear dog training.


Seasons & Hours



Dates :

Nov 15 2020 to Jan 31 2021

Daily limit: Any number
Possession limit: Any number

During any portion of the firearms deer season, furbearer hunters must also possess an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit.

Small Game Hunting Permit

Limits :

Limits are set for each species’ hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit

Limits :

Limits are set for each species and hunting or trapping season. Check the species and season listings for information about limits.

Resident Trapping Permit

Nonresident Furbearer Hunting and Trapping Permit

Limits :

Limits vary by species and season.

Military Reduced Cost Permit

Lifetime Small Game Hunting Permit (residents only)

Lifetime Conservation Partner (Hunting and Fishing) Permit (residents only)

Archer’s Hunting Permit

Limits :

Deer: Two deer of either sex, but only one antlered deer may be taken before November 16.
Turkeys: Two turkeys of either sex.
Furbearers: See Seasons for prescribed limits. Hunters may sell furbearers harvested under this permit. Nonresidents may not harvest furbearers with this permit.
Small game: See Seasons for prescribed limits.

Allowed Methods

Hunting Methods

  • Pistols, revolvers, and rifles propelling a single projectile at one discharge
  • Firearms powered by spring, air, or compressed gas
  • Shotguns not larger than 10 gauge with magazine cut off or plugged to reduce the capacity to no more than three shells.
  • Bows, including longbows, compound bows, and recurve bows.
  • Crossbows
  • Atlatls
  • Slingshots
  • Dogs may be used
  • Artificial lights are allowed if raccoons are treed with the aid of dogs.
  • Electronic calls or electronically activated calls may be used.

During fall deer season, hunters must have an unfilled firearms deer hunting permit and a permit to hunt small game.

Trapping Methods

  • Traps must have smooth or rubber jaws only
  • Foot-hold trap
  • Conibear or other killing-type trap
  • Foot-enclosing trap
  • Cage-type trap
  • Colony traps with openings no greater than 6 inches in height and 6 inches wide
  • Cable restraint devices
  • Snare set underwater

Within communities having 10,000 or more inhabitants, only cage-type or foot-enclosing traps, may be set within 150 feet of any residence or occupied building.

Prohibited Methods

  • Arrows containing any drug, poison, chemical, or explosive
  • Poisons, tranquilizing drugs, chemicals, or explosives
  • Motor driven conveyances may not be used to take, drive, or molest wildlife
  • Artificial lights to search for, harass, or disturb wildlife
  • You may not take wildlife from or across a public roadway with a firearm, bow, or crossbow
  • Snares set on land
  • Pitfalls
  • Deadfalls
  • Nets
  • Traps may not be set in paths made or used by people or domestic animals
  • Killing-type traps may not be set along public roadways.

You may not possess night vision or thermal imagery equipment while carrying a firearm, bow, or other implement used to take wildlife.

Dogs may not be used during daylight hours from Nov. 1 through the end of the November portion statewide and antlerless portion in open counties.

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Raccoon Trapping Now Legal in Entire State of Georgia

Paws Down!

To Governor Nathan Dean of Georgia for passing H.B. 160 that has made trapping raccoons in Northern

Raccoons can now be trapped for their fur throughout the entire state of Georgia.

The use of steel traps (of any kind) in the trapping of animals is cruel. It creates extreme fear and pain which no animal should be subject to. Northern Georgia and Southern Georgia were at a standstill on this until recently. As detailed in a local news article, residents of Northern Georgia were encouraged to petition Governor Nathan Dean for the continued protection of the raccoons there. According to Emory Dunahoo, a representative of Hall County, the reason the northern raccoons were “off limits” was a result of “a feud” between hunters and trappers. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case since the H.B. 160 Bill was signed on April 27, 2015.

Take Action: Contact your state legislature to encourage restrictions on wild animal trapping in your state.

4 responses to “Raccoon Trapping Now Legal in Entire State of Georgia”

my neighbor is trapping possums and raccoons and allowing them to die in the trap. is this legal? i thought you had to check the traps not just let them die, the reason i know is because i investigated the dead animal smell

Please contact your state’s Department of Natural Resources and they will be able to help. Thank you for your concern.

Deborah M
I know it probably isn’t especially since business are closed and people need money but is there a free service for residents that can’t afford to pay to remove a racoon from the attic. My anxiety has been on high since this covid19 and the racoon issue have not helped none at all. Tried noise and spray it still here! Thank you in advance for an answer.

Hi Deborah, please consider calling a local wildlife rehabilitator who would be able to humanely trap and relocate the raccoon without harming them. Many of them are non-profit organizations that may not charge a fee but may request a donation. Search through the yellowpages or online for a wildlife rehabilitator near you, or you can call your local animal control authority who should have information on wildlife rehabilitation in your area.


Breeding Cycle of Raccoons

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Raccoons are carnivorous mammals with omnivore tendencies. While they prefer meat, raccoons have a wide diet that includes berries, grasses, grains and crawfish. Nursing mothers, in particular, have a voracious appetite, often spending nights and days gathering food. For this reason, although raccoons are generally nocturnal, it isn’t unusual to see healthy raccoons during the day.

Life Cycle

Breeding generally occurs in late winter. If the female is not bred during this time, she will come into estrus again in four months and can be bred at that time, giving birth to babies later in the summer. Most cubs, however, are born in April and May.

The average length of pregnancy for a female raccoon is 63 days. The mother typically has between one and seven cubs at a time, with an average litter of four. The cubs are born with fur and are mobile, although their legs cannot support them, so they scoot along on their stomachs for the first few weeks.


Males are capable of breeding with females in the first spring after they are born — however, due to the presence of older, more mature males, they typically do not participate in this first breeding season. After breeding with females, the male raccoon typically returns to his den for the remainder of the cold weather. While raccoons do not hibernate, they can spend long periods of time in their den without eating during the winter. Male raccoons do not couple with females thoughout the gestation period, and they have nothing to do with raising the cubs.

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Females are typically ready to breed when they are about 10 months old. After breeding, they, like male raccoons, typically return to their dens for the remainder of winter. After giving birth, the mother spends most of her time gathering food for herself to keep her offspring nourished. She will keep the cubs in one spot for the first eight weeks. After eight to nine weeks, the cubs are mobile enough to travel with their mother.


At birth, raccoons are between 3 and 5 ounces, their ears are tightly folded against their head and their eyes are closed. After about three weeks, they begin to open their eyes and their ears become erect. By the time the cubs are six weeks old they can typically run and climb proficiently. At eight weeks, they leave the nest with their mother and are eating solid food. By the time they are four months old, the raccoon cubs are typically weaned from their mother, although the family typically stays together well into the fall, and in many cases until the following breeding season.


Raccoon Trapping

Scratching in the walls or noises in the attic? You could have had a break-in by a little robber (a raccoon)!

Raccoons can be one of the most destructive animals that get inside homes. They often gnaw on wood, cables or electrical wiring and almost any stored item. The gnawing of wiring is perhaps the scariest damage they do – stripping the insulation from the wires increases the chances for a short and the risk of fire. If you suspect raccoons have broken in your home or you are hearing noises in the attic or walls in the morning or evening, you should call the professionals at Georgia P.A.W.S. We the experts in eliminating nuisance wildlife problems. With our effective and highly tested techniques, our professionals can diagnose your problem, provide raccoon trapping and remove the raccoons, and provide the necessary repairs to cover holes and construction gaps that may be allowing them entry into your home. You can read more about our full exclusion process here.

The dangers of living with raccoons

When raccoons invade your home, they can cause more than just the obvious structural damage. Raccoons can carry diseases such as rabies and roundworm; both of which are transmissible to humans. Below is some information (as sited by the CDC )

Baylisascaris (Roundworm)

Baylisascaris (Roundworm): Baylisascaris worms are intestinal parasites found in a wide variety of animals such as raccoons. Cases of Baylisascaris infection in people are not frequently reported, but can be severe. Baylisascaris procyonisis thought to pose the greatest risk to humans because of the often close association of raccoons to human dwellings

Humans can become infected with the disease through the eggs that are passed in raccoon feces. If raccoons have set up a den or a latrine in your home, raccoon feces and material contaminated with raccoon feces should be removed carefully and burned, buried, or sent to a landfill. Care should be taken to avoid contaminating hands and clothes. Treat decks, patios, and other surfaces with boiling water or a propane flame-gun (exercise proper precautions). Prompt removal and destruction of raccoon feces before the eggs become infectious will reduce risk for exposure and possible infection.

Successful Raccoon Trapping

Below are just a few pictures of raccoons that we have trapped in the Atlanta area. The last one, our technician caught by hand!

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