Manage Your Hunt Registration - For those already selected for a hunt
What is a Special Opportunity Area?
Special Opportunity Areas (SOAs) are properties where the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is offering a new public hunting format. SOAs are typically smaller than Wildlife Management Areas in acreage and are more suitable a limited quota (random draw permit) hunting format to reduce pressure and increase the quality of the hunt. This year, four SOAs offer a limited number of slots for a successful permit holder and guest(s) to hunt a dedicated 300-400 acre unit for a 2-4 day hunt.
When Can I Apply?
Registration for this year's SOA hunts is complete. Please check back in the fall for registration information.
How Do I Apply for an SOA Hunt?
Limited quota permits to hunt the SOAs are obtained through an online registration and selection process. Applicants apply online for a preferred SOA property hunt date. The drawing is similar to the alligator hunt selection process with the applicant accumulating preference points each year they don't get selected.
What is the Cost to Hunt an SOA?
The cost to hunt an SOA is the purchase of both a state hunting license and a WMA license. You will also need a Conservation ID Number, which is free.
The SOAs include:
- Crow Creek SOA, located in Jackson County. Crow Creek will offer waterfowl hunting on select dates throughout the season for a permit holder and three guests.
- Cedar Creek SOA in Dallas County and Uchee Creek SOA in Russell County will offer deer and turkey hunting on selected dates throughout those seasons for the permit holder and one guest.
- Fred T. Stimpson SOA in Clarke County will offer adult archery deer hunts for a permit holder and guest, youth gun deer hunts for a youth hunter and youth guest with their supervising adult, and the squirrel hunts for permit holder, youth and up to five guests (at least one additional guest must be a youth).