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Georgia Deer Season – Facts and Info

September 4, 2020

Hunting Deer in Georgia during the Georgia deer season is one of those unique moments in the Georgian countryside. You can develop a closer understanding of how the wildlife works and harvest that special trophy for a one-in-a-lifetime experience. All of this while enjoying the true sportsmanship that comes with hunting. Here are a few facts and info that will help you know more about what to do for the best Georgia deer hunting experience.

The White-Tailed Deer

The most common Georgia deer species is the White-Tailed Deer. Their habitat ranges from coastal marshes to forests. An excellent way to recognize a White-Tailed deer is by their reddish-brown coat during summer. In winter, that coat turns into more of a grey-brown coat. Another recognizable feature is the white underside of their tail. The White-Tailed deer actually uses that white tail to flash and warn other deers when they feel they are in danger. They can run at a speed of up to 40 miles an hour and jump up to 9 feet in the air.

Hunting Season Dates

The precise dates do vary somewhat depending on the year. The Georgia deer season using firearms, primitive weapons, and youth-only firearms generally takes place from early October through to early January. Archery season is a little longer, usually starting early September and finishing from early January up to late January. Precise dates vary, so it is always worth looking online for the exact dates. For the most part, it is not so different from the bear hunting season, as both fall into the category of big game hunting.

Georgia Deer Hunting Regulations

Hunting deer in Georgia requires the appropriate hunting license. You can obtain different hunting licenses, from a daily permit to an annual one. Ensure to book the license that is right for your needs.

Deer hunting is limited to 12 deers (either sex) per person and per season state-wide. You are only allowed to hunt ten antlerless deers and no more than two antlered ones. One of the two antlered deers requires to have at least 4 points, one inch or longer, on one side of their antlers.

Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, Clayton, and the portion of Glynn County south of GA Hwy.20 lying within Jekyll Island does not allow firearms deer hunting. In those places, you can only use shotguns and muzzleloaders.

Hancock, Harris, Montgomery, Randolph, Meriwether, Talbot, and Troup Counties only allow for antlered bucks with at least 4 points on either side.

Also, antlered bucks must have a minimum 15-inch outside spread in Macon and Dooly Counties.

Deer Hunting Safety Tips

Deer hunting safety tips fall under the category of general hunting safety tips. Safety is essential out of respect for the hunting sport, but mostly for your own safety.

  • Tip#1: Keep the barrel of your firearm pointed in a safe direction at all times.
  • Tip#2: Always unload your firearm when it is not in use.
  • Tip#3: Even if unloaded, always consider your firearm to be loaded and ready to fire.
  • Tip#4: Use the appropriate ammunition for your weapon.
  • Tip#5: Wear the appropriate ear and eye protection when hunting.
  • Tip#6: Always ensure that you are 100% sure of your target and what is behind your target.
  • Tip#7: Always ensure your barrel is clear of any obstruction before shooting.
  • Tip#8: Handle your weapon with care in the event of a misfire. Treat your gun as if it could fire at any moment.
  • Tip#9: Never use alcohol or drugs while handling your weapon, and never smoke close to a muzzleloader.
  • Tip#10: Until you are ready to shoot, keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard before you shoot.
  • Tip#11: Unload your firearm before riding any vehicle, jumping a ditch, climbing a tree, or crossing a fence.
  • Tip#12: Know your firearm and its shooting range.
  • Tip#13: Always wear hunter orange so others can see you.
  • Tip#14: Ensure your dog wears bright colors too, again for increased visibility.
  • Tip#15: Always carry a first aid kit with you.

Those are just some of the crucial points you should know for attending the Georgia deer season. Hunting comes with many rules, regulations, and, most of all, safety guidelines that must absolutely be respected and followed to the letter. Doing so will ensure you have a better experience, but also a safer one. If you have your hunting license and are ready to enjoy the best White-Tailed deer hunting experience, contact us today and book your hunt at Gray Ghost Plantation today.