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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New Year’s Resolutions for Deer Hunters

New Year’s Resolutions for Deer Hunters

Georgia Deer Hunting
By the time most of you read this, Georgia’s 2017-2018 deer season will be winding down, and we’ll have turned the calendar page on another year. Hopefully your season provided lots of great memories and a freezer full of venison. However, if your season — like mine — was less than stellar, take heart. It’s a brand new year and a brand new deer season, and we all get to start the new season with a clean slate and unlimited possibilities for the upcoming fall. Many of us will kick off 2018 with resolutions. Some of those will include plans to eat healthier, exercise more, and hopefully weigh less. For others, it may include a promotion, a career change, or the beginning of a new business venture. Very rarely, though,…
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6 Steps to a Successful Quota Deer Hunt

6 Steps to a Successful Quota Deer Hunt

Georgia Deer Hunting
Congratulations! I assume if you're reading this, you were selected for one of Georgia's upcoming quota deer hunts. These limited-entry hunts can be a great way to enjoy the fun and fellowship of a quality deer hunt without having to join a lease or own your own hunting land. I have enjoyed hunting quota hunts for years, but have spent many more hours working them as a wildlife technician. Those who are routinely successful at these types of hunts are the ones who take the time to do a little homework and take the necessary steps to ensure they get the opportunity to fill a deer tag. Let's look at six of those steps that can help you tip the odds in your favor this fall. Read the Rules This…
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2017 Georgia Deer Season Week 2 Results

2017 Georgia Deer Season Week 2 Results

Georgia Deer Hunting
We just wrapped up the second weekend of Georgia's 2017-2018 deer season. While we had a few really nice days following Hurricane Irma things quickly warmed up for the weekend. Facebook was pretty quiet over the weekend as far as deer harvests go, but there was one exceptionally nice buck taken by Thomas Shea Lamb in Sumter County. You can see that buck and more on our Facebook page. I took another look at Georgia DNR's game check report this morning and wanted to share those results with you. There are two tables in this report. The first is deer harvest on Georgia's public lands, organized by WMA. The second is the overall deer harvest by county. Keep in mind that hunters have 72 hours to report their harvest, so…
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Eric Stone’s Coosawattee WMA Giant

Eric Stone’s Coosawattee WMA Giant

Georgia Deer Hunting
You never forget your first deer. For Eric Stone, it was a small 6-pointer he killed on a youth hunt at Coosawattee WMA. He was 9 years old. The area became so special to him that he continued to apply for the hunt there every year. Last year, on December 16, all those years of scouting and hunting this rugged WMA in northwestern Georgia paid off. Stone spent the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the hunt scouting for a good location to set up. The hunt kicked off on Thursday, but Stone had to work, leaving him just enough time to get to the WMA and hang a stand for Friday morning. This is a great buck anywhere, but especially so for public land. (Photo courtesy of Eric Stone) That…
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Georgia Youth Hunting Requirements

Georgia Youth Hunting Requirements

DNR News
My son is 12. What does he need to go deer hunting with me? I see these types of questions all the time on social media and wanted to do a post to clarify what licenses, permits and training kids need to hunt in Georgia. Fortunately, Georgia is a very kid-friendly state when it comes to hunting, keeping the expense and requirements very low. Here’s what you need to know based on the youth’s age. Under 12 License/Permits - None Deer/Turkey Harvest Log - Yes, if deer or turkey hunting Migratory Bird Permit - Not Required Hunter Education - Not Required Kids under 12 who reside in Georgia do not need any type of license or permit to hunt. They are not required to take a hunter education course, although…
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Georgia Archery Deer Season Opens September 9

Georgia Archery Deer Season Opens September 9

DNR News, Georgia Deer Hunting
Hunters utilizing archery equipment will get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, September 9, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Last year, 139,043 archery hunters harvested just over 50,000 deer. Statewide, hunters can use archery equipment throughout the entire 2017-2018 deer season. “Archery season is an excellent time to get an early start on putting some venison in the freezer,” said state deer biologist Charlie Killmaster.  “Although it’s still warm this time of year, it’s the easiest part of the season to pattern deer.  Just don’t forget to report your kill to Georgia Game Check!” Georgia hunters can check out an interactive map that allows them to see the best opportunities available for the counties they hunt at http://georgiawildlife.com/rut-map. All hunters must…
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DNR Ranger Nabs Suspected Poachers

DNR Ranger Nabs Suspected Poachers

DNR News
[caption id="attachment_552" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Photo courtesy Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division[/caption] According to a recent post on the Georgia DNR - Law Enforcement Division's Facebook page, on August 18, Ranger 1st Class Phillip Nelson responded to a call of subjects violating a crop deprivation deer permit. Two subjects were caught in possession of eight white-tailed deer of which three were antlered bucks. The permit was for antlerless deer only and one of the subjects was not listed on the permit. Citations were issued for the violations. These permits are necessary for agricultural protection in many areas, but for biological sound reasons, the stipulations on the permits must be followed. To discuss this issue or anything pertaining to hunting in Georgia, head over to the Georgia Deer Hunting Facebook page.
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2017 Public Dove Field Forecast

2017 Public Dove Field Forecast

Small Game Hunting
Dove season is less than two weeks away and the Georgia DNR  has released their preliminary public dove fields forecast. The field conditions listed are those expected on opening day of dove season, but obviously a lot can change between when the fields were checked in mid-July and September 2. For the most current information, call the Game Management Section regional office associated with that field. Two things to keep in mind when planning a public land dove hunt: the public fields marked with an ## in the table below are adult/child and/or quota hunts. The drawing for quota dove hunts has already taken place, so if you didn't apply prior to August 15, you are too late. Second, season dates on public dove fields often differ from the statewide…
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