Gun deer hunting season opens Saturday in Georgia

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – The wait is almost over for avid hunters as Georgia’s deer gun season opens Saturday, Oct. 16 and continues through Jan. 9, 2022, statewide.

And local motorists should watch out for deer, especially Nov. 3-9, when the breeding season is at its peak in Newton County, according to the state’s Wildlife Division.

Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist for the Division of Wildlife Resources, said: “With impressive sums already taken during archery season, I think we’re going to have a great gun season. . ”

“The 2020 deer season had one of the highest scores ever for hunter satisfaction and I expect 2021 to be no different,” Kilmaster said.

During deer gun season last year, approximately 187,000 hunters harvested more than 190,000 deer in the state.

“Regulated deer hunting ensures that Georgia’s deer population continues to be healthy and strong,” a press release said.

Basics of Deer Hunting in Georgia:

• State law allows hunters to harvest up to 10 antlerless deer and no more than two antlered deer (one of two antlered deer having at least four points, an inch or more, of a side of timber) or a minimum of 15 inch Extended Exterior Timber.

• To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer hunting record. Licenses can be purchased online at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or from a licensing agent (list of agents available online).

• All deer hunters must report their harvest using Georgia Game Check within 24 hours of harvest. Deer can be reported on the Outdoors GA app (which works regardless of cell service), gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

Over one million acres of public hunting land is available to hunters in Georgia, including over 100 state-managed wildlife management areas. Many regions offer special hunts throughout the season, including both primitive weapon hunts and modern firearm hunts.

The dates and locations of the hunts available in the 2021-2022 Georgia Seasons and Hunting Regulations Guide are available at http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/.

In addition, the peak of the deer breeding season in Newton County runs from Nov. 3 to 9, according to the Wildlife Resources Division.

The timing of rutting, or breeding season, of white-tailed deer varies locally, especially in southern climates like Georgia.

During the rut, the desire to breed causes deer to become more active compared to the rest of the year. Males move more and become less secretive, making them easier to hunt and more likely to be struck by motor vehicles.

UGA Deer Lab Logo University of Georgia researchers and Biologists in the Division of Wildlife Resources found strong correlation between peak deer-vehicle collision times, deer conception dates, and hourly travel rates deer tracked by GPS.

Based on this information, deer-vehicle collision data provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation was used to map when the deer movement peaks occurred in Georgia.

The dates and locations of the hunts available in the Georgia Seasons and Hunting Regulations Guide 2021-2022 are available at http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/hunting/.

To learn more about Georgia Deer Hunting, including finding a game processor, reviewing regulations, viewing maps (either sex day or rutting map), visit https : //georgiawildlife.com/deer-info.

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