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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5 Native Deer Foods Every Hunter Should Know

5 Native Deer Foods Every Hunter Should Know

Georgia Deer Hunting
Let’s face it. Not all of us have access to those big, lush food plots like you see on your favorite outdoor television show. Not that there’s anything wrong with food plots. But if you’re like myself and hunt public land or you hunt private land where food plots are not an option, then you have to rely finding what native vegetation the deer are keying in on at any given point during the season. Most hunters know to look for soft mast like persimmons or muscadines, or hard mast like white and red oak acorns. However, those foods are not available on every property and, even when they are, it’s often for a fairly short window of time. As food sources change, so do deer patterns, so you have…
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What Happened to the WMA Permit?

What Happened to the WMA Permit?

DNR News
A lot of folks have raised questions about the disappearance of the WMA permit and the arrival of the new Public Lands Pass, so I wanted to do a quick post to things up. First off, it's true that as of July 1, the WMA permit is no longer available. Any hunter with a valid hunting license (or any fisherman with a valid fishing license) will no longer need a special permit to hunt (or fish) on Georgia's WMAs. However, public land users who do not have a hunting or fishing license — hikers, bird watchers, shooting range users, campers, etc. — will now be required to have the new $30 public lands pass, or they can save a few bucks and buy a hunting or fishing license. It's a…
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Georgia’s Largest Typical Public Land Buck of 2016

Georgia’s Largest Typical Public Land Buck of 2016

Georgia Deer Hunting
When Jeff Goins headed to his favorite public land hunting spot back on Veteran’s Day 2016, he never imagined he’d later be dragging out the biggest typical public land buck killed in Georgia that season.  It also turned out to be the 7th largest typical buck ever killed in Putnam County. The Dekalb County Fire and Rescue Captain had spent all of his two-week hunting vacation on his Walton County lease just four miles from his home. With just one day left before returning to work at the firehouse, Goins decided to hunt a tract of Oconee National Forest that he holds dear. “I went down there the last day of my two-week hunting vacation just to say I hunted it,” said Goins. “This place is real special to me.…
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7 Tips for Placing Trail Cameras on Public Land

7 Tips for Placing Trail Cameras on Public Land

Georgia Deer Hunting
Wanting to place trail cameras on public land but not sure where? Try these tactics for better pictures. By Nathan Unger Twitter: @Bulldawgoutdoor 
Instagram: @Bulldawgoutdoors Hunting public land is difficult enough. Hunting public land blind without trail cameras can make you feel like your hunting aimlessly. For generations hunters have successfully harvested deer without the use of trail cameras. However, if you're hunting a certain age class of deer, trail cameras can only benefit your goal. These tips for placing trail cameras on public land will help you sleep easier at night knowing the chances of photographing a mature buck is higher. Place your trail cameras higher Not only will you get great shots of whitetails frequenting the area, your camera will also be out of eye level of the occasional hiker…
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Georgia Hunting License Fees

Georgia Hunting License Fees

DNR News
On Saturday, July 1, Georgia's resident hunting and fishing licenses increased for the first time in 25 years. The new resident license fees are highlighted in the table below. Here is the official statement from the Georgia DNR on the fee increase: The last license price increase for residents of Georgia was in 1992. In 1992, a first-class stamp cost 29 cents, gas was a little over a dollar a gallon, computers ran Windows 3.1, Czechoslovakia was one country, and CDs outsold cassette tapes for the first time. A lot has changed since 1992, and now the price of Georgia resident hunting and fishing licenses reflects that. These new prices are still some of the lowest in the country, and average for the Southeast. A dollar doesn’t go as far…
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Create a Natural “Mineral Site” for Deer

Create a Natural “Mineral Site” for Deer

Georgia Deer Hunting
There is a lot of buzz this time of year centered around mineral sites. Us deer hunters love to do whatever we can to improve the quality of deer — especially bucks — where we hunt, and mineral sites are relatively easy and inexpensive to create and maintain. Despite their popularity, I have to point out that no scientific research has actually proven that providing supplemental minerals actually improves the quality of bucks or overall herd health. However, it certainly doesn't hurt anything and in some cases may make up for local mineral deficiencies. Not to mention they are great places to hang a trail camera to monitor deer throughout the spring and summer. The one major pitfall to mineral sites is they are not legal in every state and…
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