Archery deer sea­son opens

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Hun­ters uti­liz­ing archery equip­ment will get the first op­por­tu­nity at bring­ing home a deer be­gin­ning Satur­day, Sept. 9, ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion.

Last year, 139,043 archery hun­ters har­vested just over 50,000 deer. Statewide, hun­ters can use archery equip­ment through­out the en­tire 2017-2018 deer sea­son.

“Archery sea­son is an ex­cel­lent time to get an early start on putting some veni­son in the freezer,” said state deer bi­ol­o­gist Char­lie Kill­mas­ter. “Al­though it’s still warm this time of year, it’s the eas­i­est part of the sea­son to pat­tern deer. Just don’t for­get to re­port your kill to Ge­or­gia Game Check!”

All hun­ters must re­port their deer har­vest through Ge­or­gia Game Check, in­clud­ing hun­ters un­der 16 years of age, landown­ers, hon­orary, life­time, and sports­man li­cense hold­ers. Hun­ters will need to ob­tain a free deer har­vest record each sea­son. Be­fore mov­ing a har­vested deer, hun­ters are re­quired to im­me­di­ately en­ter the date and county on the har­vest record, and within 72 hours, must com­plete the re­port­ing process through Ge­or­gia Game Check (https:// goout­doors­ge­or­gia. com) OR hun­ters can go “pa­per­less” and re­port through the free Go Out­doors GA app (you can re­port through the app even with no con­nec­tion. Once your phone gets a sig­nal, it will au­to­mat­i­cally sync your in­for­ma­tion).

State-man­aged pub­lic hunt­ing lands are funded through a com­bi­na­tion of state li­cense fees and match­ing fed­eral funds from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Ser­vice’s Wildlife Restora­tion Pro­gram. Hun­ters ac­count for $977 mil­lion in re­tail sales in Ge­or­gia each year with a $1.6 bil­lion rip­ple ef­fect and al­most 24,000 jobs.

Many pub­lic lands of­fer spe­cialty deer hunts, in­clud­ing prim­i­tive weapons hunts, adult/child hunts and ladies-only hunts. Dates and lo­ca­tions for these hunts are listed in the 2017-2018 Ge­or­gia Hunt­ing Sea­sons and Reg­u­la­tions guide. Ge­or­gia of­fers more than 100 state-op­er­ated wildlife man­age­ment ar­eas (WMAs) for the pub­lic’s use.

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 ar­eas. Coun­ties in the Metro At­lanta area (Clay­ton, Cobb, DeKalb, Forsyth, Ful­ton, Gwin­nett, and Rock­dale coun­ties) of­fer ei­ther-sex archery deer hunt­ing through Jan. 31. Ad­di­tion­ally, deer of ei­ther sex may be taken with archery equip­ment at any time dur­ing the deer sea­son on pri­vate land.

To pur­sue deer in Ge­or­gia, hun­ters must have a valid hunt­ing li­cense and a big game li­cense. Li­censes can be pur­chased on­line at http://geor­giaw­ildlife. com/li­censes-per­mitspasses, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a li­cense agent (list of agents avail­able on­line).

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