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The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries will be unveiling a new opportunity for public land hunting this upcoming 2017-2018 season. This new public hunting format comes in the form of a Special Opportunity Area (SOA). This year, four SOAs, will 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 on these select SOAs.  The SOA’s are typically smaller than WMAs in acreage and are more suitable for this limited quota (random draw permit) hunting format to reduce pressure and increase the quality of the hunt.

Limited quota permits to hunt the SOAs will be obtained through an on-line selection process. Applicants will be able to apply for their selected SOA and preferred hunt dates.  The drawing template will be similar to the alligator hunt selection process with the applicant accumulating preference points on each year not selected. The cost will be the purchase of the state hunting license and WMA license. Registration is scheduled to open on August 28th and the draw for these special opportunity hunts will occur and October 3rd. If successful drawing a permit you will be notified via email and have 72 hours to accept your permit. Following the 72 hour acceptance period, you should get an email with some general information. Then as we finalize random hunt unit  assignments, you will recieve and email with maps, SOA guidlines/rules and other hunt details. If you have not recieved an email throughout this registration process, we do not have an email on file for you. If this is the case for you, visit the registration page click on the "Sign in to My Hunts Registration" link at the top of the page. If we do not have both your email and phone number you will be prompted to follow an "Action Required" link and enter this information.  If you have questions regarding the SOA program and/or your registration please send an email to

The SOAs include: Crow Creek SOA, located in Jackson County. Crow Creek will offer waterfowl hunting on the below listed 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 the below listed dates throughout those seasons for a 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).

Crow Creek SOA Youth Hunt Guidelines and Rules

Cedar Creek and Uchee Creek Hunt Guidelines and Rules

Crow Creek SOA Hunt Guidlines and Rules

Fred T. Stimpson Hunt Guidelines and Rules

Cedar Creek Map

Uchee Creek Map

Crow Creek Map

Fred T. Stimpson Map

Special Opportunity Area Photos

2017-2018 Special Opportunity Areas Hunts

Hunt Type Fred T. Stimpson (Clarke County)Cedar Creek (Dallas County)Uchee Creek (Russell County)
Archery October 27-29October 26-29October 26-29
  December 29-31November 2-5November 2-5
  January 19-21  
  February 2-4  
Youth Squirrel October 7-8  
  October 21-22  
Primitive Weapons  November 13-16November 13-16
Youth Gun Deer November 11-12  
  November 24-25  
  December 16-17  
  January 5-6  
Gun Deer  December 7-10December 7-10
   December 27-30December 27-30
   January 4-7January 4-7
   January 25-28January 25-28
   February 7-10February 7-10
Turkey  April 7-8April 7-8
   April 18-19April 18-19
   April 28-29April 28-29
  Crow Creek (Jackson County)  
Waterfowl November 24-25  
  December 2-4  
  December 12-14  
  December 22-24  
  January 1-3  
  January 11-13  
  January 23-25  
  January 26-28