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In the stands of hardwood, the mixed forest lands, even the open meadows — many species of birds and animals make their home in the wilds around Fort Gaines. Waterfowl, deer, squirrels, rabbits, eagles, turkeys, hawks, bobcats and dozens of songbirds range the spacious woods.

Fort Gaines is a haven for nature lovers to observe wildlife. It also gives hunters ample opportunity to find their game. In fact, Clay County has three times as many whitetail deer as it does people!

Hunting is allowed during designated seasons on specific Corps of Engineer and Georgia Department of Natural Resources managed areas. The Corp of Engineers offers several tracts of land along the Chattahoochee River and Lake Walter F. George. The Department of Natural Resources operates a Wildlife Management Area eight miles north of Fort Gaines. Both areas offer plentiful hunting — of deer, turkey, waterfowl and other small game.



Stretching from the mountains to the sea, Georgia has nearly 100 Wildlife Management Areas with approximately 1 million acres of public hunting lands.  Every Georgia resident has at least one WMA within one hour of home.

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