2019-2020 Georgia Waterfowl Season Dates

2019-2020 Georgia Waterfowl Season Dates

DNR News, Waterfowl Hunting
[caption id="attachment_292" align="aligncenter" width="1050"] Photo courtesy USFWS[/caption] Waterfowl hunters can begin making season plans now that the 2019-2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources. “The 2019-2020 waterfowl hunting season has changed compared to previous years,” said Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division. “The duck hunting season will end on the fixed date of January 31 each year, not the last Sunday in January. The daily bag limit for mallards dropped to two this year, with no more than one hen, and the pintail bag limit dropped to one. These bag limit changes are responsive to population levels for these species.” Behind the scenes, the process used to select the waterfowl hunting regulations in the Atlantic Flyway…
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Changes Coming to 2019-2020 Georgia Dove Season

Changes Coming to 2019-2020 Georgia Dove Season

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Planning ahead for dove season? The 2019–2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations, which includes doves, were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources. Doves are a federally regulated migratory bird. As such, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually establishes a framework (opening and closing dates, maximum season length, and maximum bag limits) within which the states must set their seasons. These frameworks are developed with input of state wildlife agencies, and are informed using biological population, harvest, and habitat data. Recent framework changes to the maximum closing date for doves allows Georgia to adjust its dove season responsive to public desires. “For years our dove hunters have expressed a desire to end the dove season later,” said John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section of…
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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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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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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 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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Apply for a Georgia Quota Deer Hunt

Apply for a Georgia Quota Deer Hunt

DNR News, Georgia Deer Hunting
As of June 1, hunters can apply electronically for Georgia's quota deer hunts including adult/child huntsd, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “A quota hunt allows for a predetermined number of hunters on a particular area, creating quality hunting opportunities for participants, while meeting harvest objectives,” says John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section with the Wildlife Resources Division.  “Don’t miss out! We encourage you to review available quota hunts and be sure to get those applications in between June 1 and September 1 for this upcoming year.” A quota deer hunt is a scheduled event at a Wildlife Management Area or other state-managed property where a limited number of hunters are allowed.  Quota levels are based upon the sound principles of wildlife management…
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Georgia Coyote Challenge Begins March 2017

Georgia Coyote Challenge Begins March 2017

DNR News
In order to encourage the taking of coyotes from March to August, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is introducing the Georgia Coyote Challenge.  Each coyote killed, up to five (5) a month per hunter/trapper, will earn an entry into a monthly drawing for a lifetime license (or equal credit for purchase of hunting/fishing licenses). “Currently, scientific research suggests that removal of coyotes during the spring and summer is the most advantageous time to reduce the impact of predation on native wildlife,” says Georgia DNR Commissioner Mark Williams. “We want to encourage coyote removal efforts during this critical period.” The coyote (Canis latrans) is a non-native predator that can be found in every county in Georgia and has the unique ability to live in a variety of…
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