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 Forecast

2019 Georgia Public Dove Fields Forecast

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division have issued the 2019 public dove field forecast covering wildlife management areas and additional dove fields throughout the state. All the fields are listed below, along with which crops are planted, the total acreage of plantings, and the overall condition of the field. 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 /] ##…
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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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Episode 6 – Running Trail Camera Surveys for Deer

Episode 6 – Running Trail Camera Surveys for Deer

Podcast
Listen Now Show Notes In this episode of the Georgia Afield Hunting Podcast, we discuss how to conduct a trail camera survey on your hunting property. A trail camera survey can give you valuable information on your deer herd, like deer density, buck-to-doe ratio, fawn recruitment and even some age structure information. It's not a complicated process, and one that every deer manager should try. Important Show Links QDMA Trail Camera Survey Computation Form Georgia Afield Facebook Page 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 join us at the…
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Changes in Store for Georgia’s 2019-2020 Hunting Seasons

Changes in Store for Georgia’s 2019-2020 Hunting Seasons

DNR News
The 2019-2020 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available online and in various retail establishments. This guide provides important information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas, quota hunts, youth opportunities and much more.  You may view, download and print the guide at https://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations. Pick up a printed copy at Wildlife Resources Division offices and license vendors throughout Georgia. Some of the major changes to the hunting regulations this year include: New Public Hunting Opportunities: Several new (or additions to existing) properties will be available, including Canoochee Sandhills WMA (Bulloch/Bryan counties), Bullard Creek WMA (Appling County), Rum Creek WMA (Monroe County), Berry Creek Area (Monroe County), and  Lanahassee WMA (Webster County). More about each property at www.georgiawildlife.com/allwmas. Air Guns: Air guns are legal weapons for hunting…
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Episode 5 – The Georgia Wildlife Federation With President & CEO Mike Worley

Episode 5 – The Georgia Wildlife Federation With President & CEO Mike Worley

Podcast
Listen Now Show Notes In this episode of the Georgia Afield Hunting Podcast, you’ll learn about all the various programs and events that the Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF) is responsible for. We talk with the GWF President & CEO Mike Worley about Georgia Hunters for the Hungry, the Georgia R3 (Recruit, Reactivate and Retain) Initiative, as well as the upcoming Buckarama event that will take place in Perry on August 16-18. Important Show Links Georgia Wildlife Federation Georgia R3 Initiative Georgia Hunters for the Hungry Buckarama Georgia Afield Facebook Page (for Buckarama ticket giveaways) 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…
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Episode 4 – Georgia Public Land Deer Hunting: Everything You Need to Know

Episode 4 – Georgia Public Land Deer Hunting: Everything You Need to Know

Podcast
Listen Now Show Notes In this episode of the Georgia Afield Hunting Podcast, we discuss the basics of Georgia public land deer hunting. We go over the various types of deer hunts available, required licenses and permits, how to apply for quota hunts, and some tips to help you be more successful this fall. Important Show Links OnX Hunt app Georgia quota hunt drawing odds Apply for a quota hunt Wildlife management area maps 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 join us at the Georgia Deer Hunting Facebook…
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Episode 3 – Scouting and Deer Hunting Public Land with Zach Ferenbaugh of The Hunting Public

Episode 3 – Scouting and Deer Hunting Public Land with Zach Ferenbaugh of The Hunting Public

Podcast
Listen Now Show Notes In this episode of the Georgia Afield Hunting Podcast, we talk to Zach Ferenbaugh of The Hunting Public. If you’re not familiar with Zach and The Hunting Public, you need to check them out on YouTube, as well as their other social media channels (linked below). Zach drops a ton of public land hunting information in this episode, walking the listener through the entire process of finding and scouting a new piece of public land. Whether you hunt public land or private, this is one episode you won’t want to miss. Important Show Links Subscribe to The Hunting Public YouTube page! Follow Zach on Instagram Follow The Hunting Public on Instagram Support the Podcast If you enjoy the podcast, please subscribe to us on iTunes or…
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