2017 Georgia Deer Season Week 2 Results

2017 Georgia Deer Season Week 2 Results

Georgia Deer Hunting
We just wrapped up the second weekend of Georgia's 2017-2018 deer season. While we had a few really nice days following Hurricane Irma things quickly warmed up for the weekend. Facebook was pretty quiet over the weekend as far as deer harvests go, but there was one exceptionally nice buck taken by Thomas Shea Lamb in Sumter County. You can see that buck and more on our Facebook page. I took another look at Georgia DNR's game check report this morning 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…
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Eric Stone’s Coosawattee WMA Giant

Eric Stone’s Coosawattee WMA Giant

Georgia Deer Hunting
You never forget your first deer. For Eric Stone, it was a small 6-pointer he killed on a youth hunt at Coosawattee WMA. He was 9 years old. The area became so special to him that he continued to apply for the hunt there every year. Last year, on December 16, all those years of scouting and hunting this rugged WMA in northwestern Georgia paid off. Stone spent the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the hunt scouting for a good location to set up. The hunt kicked off on Thursday, but Stone had to work, leaving him just enough time to get to the WMA and hang a stand for Friday morning. This is a great buck anywhere, but especially so for public land. (Photo courtesy of Eric Stone) That…
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2017 Georgia Deer Season Opening Weekend Results

2017 Georgia Deer Season Opening Weekend Results

Georgia Deer Hunting
Georgia's 2017-2018 deer season is now underway after an opening weekend that saw below-normal temperatures and the approach of Hurricane Irma. I've seen reports of some respectable bucks taken that I have been sharing on our Facebook page, as well as plenty of antlerless deer. I took a look at Georgia DNR's game check report this morning 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 are certainly some deer killed over the weekend that have not yet been recorded. And, as we all know, there were plenty of…
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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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5 Last Minute Steps to a Successful Deer Season

5 Last Minute Steps to a Successful Deer Season

Georgia Deer Hunting
We are less than two weeks 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 two weeks and wait for your alarm to go off on September 9. If you like me, however, that’s not the case. While I have been doing some 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 start, here are…
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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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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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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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5 Summer Tips for Fall Deer Hunting Success

5 Summer Tips for Fall Deer Hunting Success

Georgia Deer Hunting
Summer unofficially kicked off this past weekend with the Memorial Day holiday, which means Georgia’s archery deer season will be here before you know it. Not soon enough. But before you know it. There is no better time than now to start preparing for the upcoming season. In fact, here are five things you can start doing now to tip the odds in your favor come fall. Scout! Now is a great time to scout. But then again, there aren’t a lot of BAD times to scout. The best part about scouting this time of year is the deer have plenty of time to excuse your intrusion before the kickoff of deer season. This is also a great time because the woods are looking a lot like they will in…
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