SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. | Hunters utilizing archery equipment will get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, 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.”
Georgia hunters can check out an interactive map that allows them to see the best opportunities available for the counties they hunt at georgiawildlife.com/rut-map.
All hunters must report their deer harvest through Georgia Game Check. 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 (gooutdoorsgeorgia.com) or hunters can go “paperless” and report through the free Go Outdoors GA app.
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 an inch or longer on one side of the antlers).
To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license and a big game license. Licenses can be purchased online at georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent.
For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.