2019 Georgia Deer Season Opening Weekend Results

2019 Georgia Deer Season Opening Weekend Results

Georgia Deer Hunting
Georgia's 2019-2020 deer season is now underway after an opening weekend that saw continued above average temperatures for this time of year. I've seen reports of a few respectable bucks taken that I have been sharing on our Facebook page, as well as a fair number of antlerless deer. I took a look at Georgia DNR's game check report this evening 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 there may be some deer killed over the weekend that have not yet been recorded. And, as we all know,…
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Georgia’s 2019-2020 Quota Deer Hunts (with Drawing Odds)

Georgia’s 2019-2020 Quota Deer Hunts (with Drawing Odds)

Georgia Deer Hunting
Time is running out to apply for one of Georgia's 2019-2020 quota deer hunts. The deadline is September 1. Georgia offers a wide variety of these limited draw hunts, ranging from those that provide your best opportunity at a mature buck to those that offer great odds of putting fresh venison in your freezer. Here is a full list of WMA quota deer hunts offered for the 2019-2020 season, including the type of hunt, the number of hunters to be drawn, and the dates of the hunt. Below that table, we will discuss how many points it will likely take to draw each of these hunts. Georgia's 2019-2020 Quota Deer Hunts [table id=40 /] Your Odds of Getting Drawn Applying for Georgia's quota deer hunts can be a gamble. You…
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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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5 Reasons You’re Not Filling Your Public Land Buck Tag

5 Reasons You’re Not Filling Your Public Land Buck Tag

Georgia Deer Hunting
[caption id="attachment_400" align="alignnone" width="1136"] The author’s friend Jeff Goins shot this tremendous Georgia public land buck by focusing his efforts in an area that most other hunters overlooked. (Jeff Goins photo)[/caption] Deer season will be here before you know it, and hunters across the country will be heading to their favorite public land destinations. Will it be another season full of regret and unfilled deer tags? Or have you finally taken the necessary steps to ensure a trip to the local taxidermist? Regardless of what you have or haven’t done up to this point, it’s not too late to take the necessary steps to tip the odds in your favor this season. Let’s look at five common mistakes public land deer hunters make and how you can avoid each this…
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Official 2019-2020 Georgia Deer Season Dates

Official 2019-2020 Georgia Deer Season Dates

Georgia Deer Hunting
On May 21, the Georgia DNR Board approved the proposed regulations and season dates for Georgia's 2019-2020 deer season. The overall season structure remains the same as last season, with just the normal shift in dates so that all season openers fall on their respective Saturdays. The only big proposed changes were the addition of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke and Henry to the list of counties with an extended archery season, along with several changes to the either-sex dates for some counties. Those approved either-sex dates can be seen below. Always remember to consult with the latest official Georgia Hunting Regulations before heading afield. Those can be found at Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division homepage. Official Georgia Deer Season Dates [table id=33 /] Twelve (12) per season, Statewide. No more than ten…
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It’s Time to Stop Worrying About Genetics

It’s Time to Stop Worrying About Genetics

Georgia Deer Hunting
As deer hunters and managers, we seem to find an endless supply of things to concern ourselves with: when to hunt which stand, where to put our trail cameras, how our food plots are performing, and which deer the neighbors are shooting, to name a few. But here’s one thing you can mark off that list: genetics. Whitetail research has consistently shown that even under an extremely intensive buck culling program, you cannot manage the genetics of a wild, free-ranging deer herd. So there is no need to lose sleep over that spike buck you keep seeing or that 8-pointer with the messed up rack. For years, I followed along with the whole cull-buck train of thought because on the surface it seems to make perfect sense — if I…
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Georgia Deer Baiting Proposal Passes

Georgia Deer Baiting Proposal Passes

Georgia Deer Hunting
On Wednesday, Georgia's Board of Natural Resources voted in favor of a proposal that effectively makes it legal for Georgia deer hunters to hunt over bait on private lands statewide. The new regulation will take effect prior to the 2018-2019 deer season. The decision comes just months after Georgia legislators failed to push a bill through the House that would have eliminated the North/South Deer Zones and made deer hunting over bait legal statewide. Governor Deal recently took matters into his own hands and issued an Executive Order which directed the DNR to fix the disparity between the two zones. However, the DNR does not have the regulatory authority to legalize hunting over bait in the North Zone or to combine the two zones. Both require an act of legislature.…
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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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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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