Yesterday marked the opening of bow hunting season for deer in Georgia. The opening was announced by the Wildlife Resources Division of state’s Department of Natural Resources.
As the new bow hunting season takes off, the Department of Natural Resources of Georgia released statistics revealing that during the previous archery season, a number of 128,545 hunters returned 64,695 hunted deer.
This early bow hunting season will be open until October 9th in Georgia, and according to Charlie Killmaster, deer biologist,
“Early archery season is an excellent time to pattern deer before home ranges shift towards fall food sources. Mature bucks often haven’t adjusted to hunting pressure yet and may be more active during daylight”.
Public lands are offering specialty hunts. These include hunting with primitive weapons, as well as specialized permits for adults, ladies or children, according to the Department of Natural Resources of Georgia. All details can be found in the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide. Currently, Georgia counts 111 wildlife management areas – WMAs – operated by the state and designated for public use.
Wildlife management areas are funded through a scheme combining both state license fees and the federal funds received from the Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
All hunters in Georgia are required to have a valid hunting license. Moreover, a big game license is required, as well as a deer harvest record that is current. If the hunters are heading to a wildlife management area, a WMA license is also a requirement.
Hunters are allowed to a total of 10 antlerless deer and 2 antlered deer. Archers in archery-only counties in Georgia are subject to a different set of special regulations.
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