Firearms Deer Hunting Season Opens Oct. 21 In Georgia

Thursday, October 12, 2017

For many hunters, the opening day of firearms deer season feels a little like Christmas morning does to a child. Firearms deer hunters can take to the woods beginning Sat., Oct. 21, and continue through Jan. 14, 2018, statewide.

“Georgia is one of the greatest deer hunting states in the country,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division. “We have one of the longest deer seasons, our deer harvest is sustainably among the highest, and the quality of bucks is unrivaled in the Deep South.  Don't take this awesome opportunity for granted, grab your favorite deer rifle and hit the woods!”

During firearms deer season last year, almost 320,000 hunters harvested 260,765 deer in the state. The use of regulated deer hunting ensures that Georgia’s deer population continues to be healthy and strong.

Either Sex Day Map: Hunters can check out the interactive map created to see the opportunities available for the counties they hunt. If you hunt on National Forest land, either-sex days may be different than on private land.  More info at http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/deer-opportunities.

Georgia Game Check: All deer hunters must report their harvest using Georgia Game Check. Deer can be reported on the Outdoors GA app (which now works whether you have cell service or not), at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

Georgia hunters have access to more than one million acres of public hunting land across the state, including over 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. In addition to traditional hunts, a number of special hunts are offered, including ladies-only and adult/child hunts. Dates and locations for these hunts, as well as WMA maps, can be found in the 2017-2018 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide at http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.

Hunters are allowed a harvest of up to 10 antlerless deer and no more than two antlered deer (with one of the two antlered deer having 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, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. Licenses can be purchased online at http://georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (list of agents available online).

For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.



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