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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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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Georgia Primitive Weapons Deer Season Opens October 14

Georgia Primitive Weapons Deer Season Opens October 14

Georgia Deer Hunting
The week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, October 14. Last year, almost 42,000 hunters took to the woods with muzzleloaders, bringing in almost 6,000 deer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). “The primitive weapons season is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the woods before the busy firearms season starts,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with WRD Game Management. “All deer hunters do need to remember that they are required to report their harvest through Georgia Game Check. Deer can be checked on the Outdoors GA app (which now works even without cell service), at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661.” During the primitive weapons season, hunters may use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns (20 gauge and larger) and muzzleloading firearms…
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