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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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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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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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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