Deer season is the most popular time of the year for Georgia hunters, and this year archers get first draw beginning Sat., Sept. 11. Last year, 107,792 archery hunters harvested more than 54,000 deer.
Statewide archery season runs through Oct. 8, but special regulations apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season areas. Hunters should refer to the 2010-2011 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide available online, at retail license agents or any Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division office.
Georgia is considered a top destination in the country for non-resident hunters and continues to draw tens of thousands of hunters from across the country each year. The state’s quality deer herd and the close to one million available acres of public hunting land serve as the main appeal.
Georgia offers more than 90 state-operated wildlife management areas. Many of these public lands offer specialty hunts, including primitive weapons hunts, adult/child hunts and ladies-only hunts. Dates and locations for these hunts are available in the 2010-2011 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide, and WMA maps are available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com .
Hunters are allowed a season bag limit of ten 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).
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.