8/31/2012 - (SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.) - For most hunters in Georgia, the
deer season is the most anticipated time of the year, according to the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
This year archers get first draw beginning Saturday, Sept. 8.
Last year, 118,500 archery hunters harvested more than 68,000 deer.
Statewide archery season runs through Oct. 12, although hunters may hunt
deer with archery equipment through the entire deer season.
“Archery season in the Peach State offers excellent deer hunting
opportunities and a chance to bag a ‘quality buck,’” said John W.
Bowers, assistant chief of Game Management. “Georgia has more than
one million acres of public land and has had 460 Georgia bucks accepted
into the Pope and Young Club. This makes it a top destination for
In fact, Georgia ranks #1 in the nation for attracting out-of-state
hunters, according to the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
Hunters account for $679 million in retail sales in Georgia each year
with a $1.1 billion ripple effect.
Many public lands offer specialty hunts, including primitive weapons
hunts, adult/child hunts and ladies-only hunts. Dates and locations for
these hunts are listed in the 2012-2013 Georgia Hunting Seasons and
Regulations guide. Georgia offers more than 90 state-operated wildlife
management areas (WMAs) for the public’s use. These areas are funded
through a combination of state license fees and matching federal funds
from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ Wildlife Restoration Program.
Hunters are allowed a season bag limit of 10 antlerless deer and two
antlered deer (one of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of four
points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). Special
regulations apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season
To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license,
big game license and a current deer harvest record. If hunting on a WMA,
a WMA license also is required.
For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and
WMA maps, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting.