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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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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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 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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