Apply Now for Georgia’s 2019 Quota Turkey Hunts

Apply Now for Georgia’s 2019 Quota Turkey Hunts

Georgia Turkey Hunting
Time is quickly running out to apply for one of Georgia’s 2019 turkey quota hunts. The deadline to apply is February 15. Forty-nine quota hunts are available on 25 of Georgia’s Wildlife Management Areas (See table below). Easiest Quota Turkey Hunts to Draw For the hunter without preference points, there are a few options available that should (based on the 2017 drawing) provide you with an opportunity to get in the field this spring, including: the Alapha River 2nd hunt, Big Lazer 3rd hunt, Chattahoochee Fall Line – Almo 2nd hunt, Chattahoochee Fall Line – Ft. Perry 2nd hunt, Chickasawhatchee 2nd and 3rd hunt, Griffin Ridge 3rd hunt, Joe Kurz 3rd hunt, Ocmulgee 2nd hunt, Rum Creek 2nd hunt, and the Silver Lake 2nd hunt. Most Difficult Quota Turkey Hunts…
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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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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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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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Georgia Dove Season Opens September 2

Georgia Dove Season Opens September 2

DNR News, Small Game Hunting
Georgia’s dove hunting season opens Saturday, September 2, 2017. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) wants to know if you have plans for opening day. “Dove season is a fantastic reason to introduce someone new to hunting, it brings a lot of joy to participants and is a great kick off to the fall hunting season,” said John W. Bowers, Chief of WRD Game Management. “Georgia has more than 50 public dove fields, including opportunities on private land made available to the public through a U.S. Department of Agriculture program called the Voluntary Public Access (VPA)/Habitat Incentive Program.” The official 2017-2018 dove seasons are Sept. 2-17, Oct. 14-Nov. 2 and Nov. 23 - Jan. 15. Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day (Sept. 2)…
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2017 Public Dove Field Forecast

2017 Public Dove Field Forecast

Small Game Hunting
Dove season is less than two weeks away and the Georgia DNR  has released their preliminary public dove fields forecast. The field conditions listed are those expected on opening day of dove season, but obviously a lot can change between when the fields were checked in mid-July and September 2. For the most current information, call the Game Management Section regional office associated with that field. Two things to keep in mind when planning a public land dove hunt: the public fields marked with an ## in the table below are adult/child and/or quota hunts. The drawing for quota dove hunts has already taken place, so if you didn't apply prior to August 15, you are too late. Second, season dates on public dove fields often differ from the statewide…
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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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