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 Turkey Season Update – 5/5/2019

Georgia Turkey Season Update – 5/5/2019

Georgia Turkey Hunting
With less than two weeks left in Georgia's turkey season, are you wondering how hunters have done in your county or on your favorite WMA? Below is a breakdown of reported harvests in each of Georgia's 159 counties, as well as on all of Georgia's public lands open to turkey hunting. Right now, the top three counties for turkey harvest are Polk (231), Floyd (223), and Bartow (219), and the top three public land tracts are the Chattahoochee National Forest (228), Paulding Forest WMA (55), and Fort Steward (50). How has your turkey season been? Has the action better or worse than last season? Feel free to discuss the results from your favorite WMA in the comments section below or in our Georgia Turkey Hunting Facebook group. Private Land Turkey…
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Georgia Turkey Season Update – 4/14/2019

Georgia Turkey Season Update – 4/14/2019

Georgia Turkey Hunting
Wondering how Georgia turkey hunters are doing in your county or on your favorite WMA this turkey season? Below is a breakdown of reported harvests in each of Georgia's 159 counties, as well as on all of Georgia's public lands open to turkey hunting. Right now, the top three counties for turkey harvest are Polk (170), Floyd (155), and Burke (153), and the top four public land tracts are the Chattahoochee National Forest (151), Paulding Forest WMA (38), Redlands WMA and Oconee National Forest (tied at 30). How has your turkey season gone so far? Has the action better or worse than last season? Feel free to discuss the results from your favorite WMA in the comments section below or in our Georgia Turkey Hunting Facebook group. Private Land Turkey…
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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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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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