Changes Coming to 2019-2020 Georgia Dove Season

Changes Coming to 2019-2020 Georgia Dove Season

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Planning ahead for dove season? The 2019–2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations, which includes doves, were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources. Doves are a federally regulated migratory bird. As such, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service annually establishes a framework (opening and closing dates, maximum season length, and maximum bag limits) within which the states must set their seasons. These frameworks are developed with input of state wildlife agencies, and are informed using biological population, harvest, and habitat data. Recent framework changes to the maximum closing date for doves allows Georgia to adjust its dove season responsive to public desires. “For years our dove hunters have expressed a desire to end the dove season later,” said John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section of…
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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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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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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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Georgia Youth Hunting Requirements

Georgia Youth Hunting Requirements

DNR News
My son is 12. What does he need to go deer hunting with me? I see these types of questions all the time on social media and wanted to do a post to clarify what licenses, permits and training kids need to hunt in Georgia. Fortunately, Georgia is a very kid-friendly state when it comes to hunting, keeping the expense and requirements very low. Here’s what you need to know based on the youth’s age. Under 12 License/Permits - None Deer/Turkey Harvest Log - Yes, if deer or turkey hunting Migratory Bird Permit - Not Required Hunter Education - Not Required Kids under 12 who reside in Georgia do not need any type of license or permit to hunt. They are not required to take a hunter education course, although…
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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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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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Georgia Hunting License Fees

Georgia Hunting License Fees

DNR News
On Saturday, July 1, Georgia's resident hunting and fishing licenses increased for the first time in 25 years. The new resident license fees are highlighted in the table below. Here is the official statement from the Georgia DNR on the fee increase: The last license price increase for residents of Georgia was in 1992. In 1992, a first-class stamp cost 29 cents, gas was a little over a dollar a gallon, computers ran Windows 3.1, Czechoslovakia was one country, and CDs outsold cassette tapes for the first time. A lot has changed since 1992, and now the price of Georgia resident hunting and fishing licenses reflects that. These new prices are still some of the lowest in the country, and average for the Southeast. A dollar doesn’t go as far…
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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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2016-2017 Public Land Turkey Harvest Comparison

2016-2017 Public Land Turkey Harvest Comparison

Georgia Turkey Hunting
Georgia's 2017 turkey season has come and gone and a lot of hunters were left wondering about the state of Georgia's turkey population. If you base your figures on the harvest numbers generated by the relatively new call-in deer and turkey check system, then you may find your self somewhat alarmed. Those "harvest numbers" are down well over 50% when compared to estimated harvest numbers before the call-in system. But is the harvest really down that much or is it simply a factor of many folks not taking the time to properly check their harvested bird? Most likely it is more the latter, but we'll dive into that topic more in a future article. This week, we wanted to look at this year's public land harvest compared to last year's.…
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