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Corrections to the Printed Georgia Hunting Regulations

Corrections to the Printed Georgia Hunting Regulations

DNR News
Georgia's 2019-2020 regulation booklets recently hit store shelves and WMA check stations, and it quickly became apparent there were some typographical errors. These errors have been corrected in the online version, which can be downloaded here. As for the printed copies, here are the errors that the DNR would like you to be aware of: Mobility-impaired means anyone confined to a wheelchair, hemiplegia, monoplegia, paraplegia or single-leg amputation above the knee.Quail/Rabbit actual opening date: Nov. 16. Crow season actual dates: Nov. 2–Feb. 28. Ossabaw Island Deer Quota Hunt Either-Sex Dates: Nov. 28–Nov. 30. This is a youth hunt not available to adults. Oconee National Forest: Sept. 12–Jan. 1 is not applicable (pg. 71, first sentence in Special Regs section. These sets of dates were removed because they conflicted with pg.…
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Georgia’s 2019-2020 Quota Deer Hunts (with Drawing Odds)

Georgia’s 2019-2020 Quota Deer Hunts (with Drawing Odds)

Georgia Deer Hunting
Time is running out to apply for one of Georgia's 2019-2020 quota deer hunts. The deadline is September 1. Georgia offers a wide variety of these limited draw hunts, ranging from those that provide your best opportunity at a mature buck to those that offer great odds of putting fresh venison in your freezer. Here is a full list of WMA quota deer hunts offered for the 2019-2020 season, including the type of hunt, the number of hunters to be drawn, and the dates of the hunt. Below that table, we will discuss how many points it will likely take to draw each of these hunts. Georgia's 2019-2020 Quota Deer Hunts [table id=40 /] Your Odds of Getting Drawn Applying for Georgia's quota deer hunts can be a gamble. You…
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How to Protect Yourself From Ticks

How to Protect Yourself From Ticks

Brian's Blog
Protecting yourself from ticks and all the various diseases they carry may be the most important thing you do this deer season! If you were to ask Georgia hunters which critter they most fear encoutering in the deer woods, I would venture to say the majority would answer venomous snakes — or just snakes in general. A few may bring up bears or coyotes, and you may even hear mention of spiders or bees. In reality, though, it is a much smaller, often overlooked arachnid that seems to wreak the most havoc these days. I am referring to ticks. Growing up, ticks were just something you dealt with. Sure, they were annoying, and the resulting bite would itch and make you uncomfortable for a day or two, but it was…
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Georgia Public Land Hog Hunting Opportunities Begin August 15

Georgia Public Land Hog Hunting Opportunities Begin August 15

Georgia Hog Hunting
Georgia hunters can finally return to the woods this Thursday, August 15 as squirrel season opens across the state. For many, however, this marks the opportunity to hit many of Georgia’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) to pursue wild hogs. Hog hunting is allowed on Georgia’s WMAs during any open small game or big game season utilizing whatever weapon is legal for that season. So in this case, hunters can pursue hogs on any WMA open for squirrel (small game) season utilizing small game legal weapons. Legal Hog Hunting Weapons During Small Game Season: Any .22-caliber or smaller rimfire or air rifle Any muzzleloading firearm Any shotgun utilizing No. 2 or smaller shot (so no slugs or buckshot), and Any bow or crossbow While many WMAs across Georgia have populations of…
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Episode 8 – Deer Season Preparation, Hunting Gear, and Season Goals and Expectations

Episode 8 – Deer Season Preparation, Hunting Gear, and Season Goals and Expectations

Podcast
Listen Now Show Notes In this episode of the Georgia Afield Hunting Podcast, I'll be talking about last minute preparations for the upcoming deer season, some gear changes I'll be making this season, and the importance of realistic deer hunting goals and expectations. Important Show Links Does Broadhead Choice Really Matter? - QDMA Georgia Afield Facebook Groups Georgia Deer Hunting (family friendly) Georgia Turkey Hunting Georgia Hog Hunting Georgia Public Land Hunters Georgia Bowhunting & Competitive Archery Support the Podcast If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe to us on iTunes or your favorite podcast platform (links below). Also, we would greatly appreciate any positive reviews on those same platforms! If you have any suggestions for podcast topics or guests, shoot me an email or a message on the Georgia…
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3 Great Deals on Broadheads

3 Great Deals on Broadheads

Gear Deals
Deer season is almost here, so if you haven't decided which broadheads you're going to shoot, it's time! We did a little digging on Amazon and found these three great deals to help ease the pain on your wallet that often comes with deer season. Besides, you can use the savings to get those lighted knocks you've been eyeballing! So give these three options consideration as you make  your final broadhead decisions. For full transparency, these are affilliate links, which means if you buy from any of these links, I will receive a small commission. You won't pay any more, and the money raised helps us to keep this website running at no cost to you! Prices shown are what they are selling for as of August 9, 2019. That…
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5 Last Minute Steps to a Successful Deer Season

5 Last Minute Steps to a Successful Deer Season

Georgia Deer Hunting
We are just over a month away from the opening day of Georgia’s deer season. Can you believe it? I hope you’ve been scouting and shooting your bow all summer, so you can just kick back these last few weeks and wait for your alarm to go off on September 14. If you like me, however, that’s not the case. While I have been doing a good bit of scouting and shooting my bow this summer, I still seem to have more to do before opening day than I can possibly accomplish. But I know come sunrise on opening day, I’ll be settled in my treestand ready to mark the first deer of the season on my harvest log. If you’re feeling a little behind and don’t know where to…
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2019 Georgia Public Dove Fields

2019 Georgia Public Dove Fields

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division have issued the 2019 dove field planting availability covering wildlife management areas and additional dove fields throughout the state. All the fields are listed below, along with which crops are planted and the total acreage of plantings. Hunters can utilize this online resource as they plan their fall dove hunts. Quota Hunts Many fields listed are available during quota hunts only. Apply for dove field quota hunts through the Go Outdoors Georgia system (deadline to apply is August 15). Some properties are privately owned but made available through a program called the Voluntary Public Access (VPA)/Habitat Incentive Program. WMA Dove Fields for 2019 [table id=38 /] VPA Dove Fields for 2019 [table id=39 /] Notes Region 1 = Northwest Georgia Region…
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Squirrel Season Opens August 15

Squirrel Season Opens August 15

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Time to hit the woods in pursuit of Ole Bushytail! Squirrel hunting season provides the first opportunity of the year to start replenishing that meat in the freezer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of squirrels often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors. Beginning August 15, 2019, and lasting through February 29, 2020, hunters can pursue both gray and fox squirrels. The maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter. “Hunting squirrel is part of a significant cultural hunting tradition in Georgia,” said John Bowers, chief of the Wildlife Resources Division Game Management Section.  “It’s fun and doesn’t cost a lot to get started, and really gives you a…
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Episode 7 – Deer Tracking Dogs With Ken Parker

Episode 7 – Deer Tracking Dogs With Ken Parker

Podcast
Listen Now Show Notes In this episode of the Georgia Afield Hunting Podcast, we'll be talking to Ken Parker about deer tracking dogs — how to train them, how to find one this season, and common mistakes deer hunters make prior to calling one in. There's also some great information for all deer hunters on reading a deer's reaction to the shot and the blood to determine where the deer was hit and how to proceed. Important Show Links Ken Parker's Dog Training YouTube Videos Georgia Blood Trailing Network Facebook Group Georgia Afield's Deer Tracking Dog List Georgia Afield Facebook Page Georgia Afield Facebook Groups Georgia Deer Hunting (family friendly) Georgia Turkey Hunting Georgia Hog Hunting Georgia Public Land Hunters Georgia Bowhunting & Competitive Archery Support the Podcast If you…
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