*Wildlife Management Area License is Required Prior to Registration New
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 to a limited quota (random draw permit) hunting format to reduce pressure and increase the quality of the hunt. This year, eleven 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 will registration open?
For the 2021-2022 hunting season registration:
The deer hunts at Cedar Creek, Portland Landing, Uchee Creek, Thigpen Hill, Blackwater, Fred T. Stimpson, Upper State, Crow Creek, and Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge will open September 1st at 8:00 am and close September 10th at 1:00 pm.
The Oak Mountain State Park and Frank Jackson State Park Special Opportunity Area deer hunts will open September 1st at 8:00 am and close September 10th at 1:00 pm. To register, click the link below or visit the State Parks link to learn hunt details and register from that page. State Parks Special Opportunity Area Hunts
The youth squirrel hunts at Fred T Stimpson SOA and adult waterfowl hunt at Crow Creek SOA will open September 20th at 8:00 am and close October 1st at 1:00 pm (Crow Creek SOA youth waterfowl hunt registration will open January 1, 2022 at 8:00 am and close January 7, 2022 at 1:00 pm).
The small game hunts and/or turkey hunts offered at Cedar Creek, Portland Landing, Uchee Creek, Fred T. Stimpson, Upper State, Thigpen Hill, and Blackwater SOAs will open December 1st at 8:00 am and close December 16th at 1:00 pm.
Click Here to Register for Deer, Turkey, Waterfowl, and Small Game Hunts - Registration Opens September 1st at 8:00 am!
Adult dove hunts offered at Prairie Glades and Portland Landing will open September 1st at 8:00 am and close September 15th at 1:00 pm. Click Here for more information regarding adult dove hunt opportunities. (Note: There is a $10 registration fee associated with registering for each adult dove hunt date, in addition to the required purchase of a Wildlife Management Area License for registration.)
Click Here to Register for Dove Hunts - Registration Opens September 1st at 8:00 am!
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 purchase of a Wildlife Management Area License is required prior to registration. PURCHASE LICENSE HERE
What is the Cost to Hunt an SOA?
The cost to hunt an SOA is the purchase of a Wildlife Management Area License. If selected for a hunt as a hunter, you will need to purchase the appropriate state hunting license. If selected for a migratory bird hunt, in addition to a state hunting license, you will need to obtain your Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program Certification (free) and applicable State and Federal Waterfowl stamps if hunting waterfowl. You will also need a Conservation ID Number, which is free.