DNR Offers Hunting Reminders

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to make special note of a number of deer hunting regulations in Georgia statewide this month.

DNR officials have reminded hunters that there was a regulation change in the number of available days to take deer of either sex depending on the type of equipment used and the area of the hunt, effective December 1.

The DNR said that archery equipment may be used for either sex statewide, while firearms and primitive weapons may be used for deer of either sex in counties with antler restrictions and certain metro Atlanta counties.

Also, the DNR said archery, shotguns, or muzzleloading firearms may be used for deer of either sex in that portion of Forsyth County south of Georgia Highway 20.

However, the DNR said hunters using firearms or muzzleloaders in other areas may take bucks only.

The DNR has also reminded Georgians that hunters are allowed a season bag limit of 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer, with one of the two antlered deer required to have a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.

Special regulations do apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season areas. 

To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, big game license and a current deer harvest record, along with a WMA license if hunting on a Wildlife Management Area.

For more information, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com.