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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Georgia Dove Season Opens September 2

Georgia Dove Season Opens September 2

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Georgia’s dove hunting season opens Saturday, September 2, 2017. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) wants to know if you have plans for opening day. “Dove season is a fantastic reason to introduce someone new to hunting, it brings a lot of joy to participants and is a great kick off to the fall hunting season,” said John W. Bowers, Chief of WRD Game Management. “Georgia has more than 50 public dove fields, including opportunities on private land made available to the public through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called the Voluntary Public Access (VPA)/Habitat Incentive Program.” The official 2017-2018 dove seasons are Sept. 2-17, Oct. 14-Nov. 2 and Nov. 23 - Jan. 15. Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day (Sept. 2)…
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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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2017-2018 Georgia Waterfowl Season Dates

2017-2018 Georgia Waterfowl Season Dates

DNR News, Waterfowl Hunting
[caption id="attachment_292" align="aligncenter" width="1050"] Photo courtesy USFWS[/caption] Hunters can begin making waterfowl season plans now that the 2017-2018 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were approved by the Board of Natural Resources. “The 2017-18 migratory bird hunting season will remain similar to previous years, including an early teal hunting season and special youth hunting days,” said Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division. “There is one small change this year, and it affects the pintail bag limit. The daily bag limit for pintails has been reduced to one this year, down from two last year.” Some need-to-know dates and details for waterfowl season are the September Canada goose season (Sept. 2-24) and the September teal season (Sept. 9-24).  Canada goose hunting has three additional seasons: Oct.…
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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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