Georgia Turkey Season Update – 5/5/2019

Georgia Turkey Season Update – 5/5/2019

Georgia Turkey Hunting
With less than two weeks left in Georgia's turkey season, are you wondering how hunters have done in your county or on your favorite WMA? Below is a breakdown of reported harvests in each of Georgia's 159 counties, as well as on all of Georgia's public lands open to turkey hunting. Right now, the top three counties for turkey harvest are Polk (231), Floyd (223), and Bartow (219), and the top three public land tracts are the Chattahoochee National Forest (228), Paulding Forest WMA (55), and Fort Steward (50). How has your turkey season been? Has the action better or worse than last season? Feel free to discuss the results from your favorite WMA in the comments section below or in our Georgia Turkey Hunting Facebook group. Private Land Turkey…
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Does Prescribed Fire Negatively Impact Turkey Nesting?

Does Prescribed Fire Negatively Impact Turkey Nesting?

Georgia Turkey Hunting
There's been a lot of talk recently about whether prescribed fire, particularly those conducted by the DNR on wildlife management areas, is having a negative impact on turkey populations. Most of these talks have simply been based on assumptions and speculation. Recently, however, there was a post on Facebook by University of Georgia professor Michael Chamberlain — who spends his days studying the wild turkey — that discussed these potential impacts using actual scientific research. Michael graciously gave me the okay to share that post in this article, and I have done so below. If you're a turkey hunter, I encourage you to follow Michael on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, as he regularly shares interesting facts on the biology and behavior of wild turkeys. "Ok, this will be a…
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Will Social Media Be The Death of Hunting?

Will Social Media Be The Death of Hunting?

Brian's Blog
  Approximately 6 percent of the U.S. population hunts. To a lifelong hunter who’s worked hard to pass the tradition on to my children, that statistic is frightening. It should be frightening to you as well. We like to think of hunting as a God-given right but, in reality, it isn’t. Like it or not, our hunting heritage ultimately lies in the hands of the remaining 94 percent of the population that does not hunt. Fortunately for us, the vast majority of those non-hunters approve of hunting, as long as you don’t start throwing the word “trophy” around. But as hunter numbers continue to dwindle, can we keep that level of support? Social media has given us a great platform to unite and spread the positive message of hunters as…
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Georgia Turkey Season Update – 4/14/2019

Georgia Turkey Season Update – 4/14/2019

Georgia Turkey Hunting
Wondering how Georgia turkey hunters are doing in your county or on your favorite WMA this turkey season? Below is a breakdown of reported harvests in each of Georgia's 159 counties, as well as on all of Georgia's public lands open to turkey hunting. Right now, the top three counties for turkey harvest are Polk (170), Floyd (155), and Burke (153), and the top four public land tracts are the Chattahoochee National Forest (151), Paulding Forest WMA (38), Redlands WMA and Oconee National Forest (tied at 30). How has your turkey season gone so far? Has the action better or worse than last season? Feel free to discuss the results from your favorite WMA in the comments section below or in our Georgia Turkey Hunting Facebook group. Private Land Turkey…
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Apply Now for Georgia’s 2019 Quota Turkey Hunts

Apply Now for Georgia’s 2019 Quota Turkey Hunts

Georgia Turkey Hunting
Time is quickly running out to apply for one of Georgia’s 2019 turkey quota hunts. The deadline to apply is February 15. Forty-nine quota hunts are available on 25 of Georgia’s Wildlife Management Areas (See table below). Easiest Quota Turkey Hunts to Draw For the hunter without preference points, there are a few options available that should (based on the 2017 drawing) provide you with an opportunity to get in the field this spring, including: the Alapha River 2nd hunt, Big Lazer 3rd hunt, Chattahoochee Fall Line – Almo 2nd hunt, Chattahoochee Fall Line – Ft. Perry 2nd hunt, Chickasawhatchee 2nd and 3rd hunt, Griffin Ridge 3rd hunt, Joe Kurz 3rd hunt, Ocmulgee 2nd hunt, Rum Creek 2nd hunt, and the Silver Lake 2nd hunt. Most Difficult Quota Turkey Hunts…
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It’s Time to Stop Worrying About Genetics

It’s Time to Stop Worrying About Genetics

Georgia Deer Hunting
As deer hunters and managers, we seem to find an endless supply of things to concern ourselves with: when to hunt which stand, where to put our trail cameras, how our food plots are performing, and which deer the neighbors are shooting, to name a few. But here’s one thing you can mark off that list: genetics. Whitetail research has consistently shown that even under an extremely intensive buck culling program, you cannot manage the genetics of a wild, free-ranging deer herd. So there is no need to lose sleep over that spike buck you keep seeing or that 8-pointer with the messed up rack. For years, I followed along with the whole cull-buck train of thought because on the surface it seems to make perfect sense — if I…
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Georgia Deer Baiting Proposal Passes

Georgia Deer Baiting Proposal Passes

Georgia Deer Hunting
On Wednesday, Georgia's Board of Natural Resources voted in favor of a proposal that effectively makes it legal for Georgia deer hunters to hunt over bait on private lands statewide. The new regulation will take effect prior to the 2018-2019 deer season. The decision comes just months after Georgia legislators failed to push a bill through the House that would have eliminated the North/South Deer Zones and made deer hunting over bait legal statewide. Governor Deal recently took matters into his own hands and issued an Executive Order which directed the DNR to fix the disparity between the two zones. However, the DNR does not have the regulatory authority to legalize hunting over bait in the North Zone or to combine the two zones. Both require an act of legislature.…
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Georgia’s 2018-2019 Either Sex Deer Hunting Dates

Georgia’s 2018-2019 Either Sex Deer Hunting Dates

DNR News, Georgia Deer Hunting
Georgia DNR recently announced the dates for Georgia's 2018-2019 deer season. For firearms hunters, those dates are October 20, 2018 to January 13, 2019 (see restrictions below). Once again, the dates in which you can legally harvest does with a firearm vary by county. Those dates are listed on the map and in the table below. We've made every effort to ensure these dates are accurate, but ALWAYS check the newest hunting regulations booklet before heading afield. Firearms deer hunting is not allowed in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton (north of GA Hwy 92), and the portion of Glynn County lying within Jekyll Island. In the portion of Forsyth County south of GA Hwy 20, only archery, shotguns, and muzzleloaders may be used.  
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Drawing Odds for Georgia’s 2018 Deer Quota Hunts

Drawing Odds for Georgia’s 2018 Deer Quota Hunts

Georgia Deer Hunting
Applying for Georgia's quota deer hunts can be a gamble. You want to use enough preference points — providing you have some saved up — to draw the hunt you desire, but you don't want to waste them by using more points than necessary. There's no way to know for sure exactly how many to points to wager for any particular hunt but by checking out the draw results from past years, you can at least gain an idea of how many points it may take to draw that hunt you've been waiting for. So to help you out, we have listed the drawing results LAST YEAR's hunts. While there's no guarantee the chips will fall the same way this season, it will certainly give you a starting point. Before…
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2017-2018 Georgia Deer Season Results by County

2017-2018 Georgia Deer Season Results by County

Georgia Deer Hunting
The sun has set on the last day of Georgia's 2017-2018 firearms deer season and according to game check results, hunters had very similar success to the 2016-2017 season. So far, Georgia deer hunters have checked in 183,327 deer — just 481 more than the previous season. Interestingly, 52 percent of the harvest were bucks and 48 percent were does. That's almost an exact flip-flop of previous season when 49 percent of the harvest were bucks and 51 percent were does. Also notable was that archery hunters harvested 1,587 less deer in 2017-2018, but firearm harvest increased by 2,044 deer. Muzzleloader hunters stayed consistent taking just 24 more deer this past season. Below is a county-by-county breakdown of Georgia's 2017-2018 deer harvest to-date. Keep in mind that these are deer…
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