Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for deer season is quickly approaching. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the deadline for the deer quota hunt is Sept. 1.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is considering shortening doe hunting season to stabilize the state's deer population. In a story April 8, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the department is considering shortening deer hunting season in general.
Georgia wildlife officials plan to hold a deer hunt at Panola Mountain State Park to control deer population in and around the park. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the park will be closed during the quota hunt on Nov. 13 and 14.
Wildlife officials said hunters can take to the woods for firearm season starting Saturday, Oct. 20. The season runs through Jan. 1 in the northern part of the state and through Jan. 15 in the southern half of Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the designated deer season for primitive weapons starts Oct. 13. Hunters are allowed to harvest up to 10 deer without antlers and no more than two deer with antlers.
Wildlife officials in Georgia are now accepting online applications for quota hunts. The redesigned system allows hunters to apply for permission to hunt deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and other game.
Described as using ‘science-based agricultural practices,’ the bill calls for an integrated system that would expand output, but also protect natural resources and preserve the land for future generations.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow hunting with bait. Right now, it's illegal to hunt deer and hogs within 200 yards of a supplemental food source. The bill’s opponents say baiting wildlife undermines sportsmanship.