WRD’s proposed hunting regulations address lower deer numbers by reducing either-sex days for much of the state.

From Georgia Outdoor News

By GON Staff Posted Tuesday April 2 2013, 11:01 AM

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The proposed either-sex deer-hunting days for next season include no doe days from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25 for much of the state. (Click to enlarge)

In response to hunter concerns and complaints about lower deer numbers, the state is proposing a 25-day reduction in either-sex deer-hunting days for much of the state.

Except in counties with QDM regulations and some counties in the north Georgia mountains, antlerless deer would not be legal Dec. 1 through Dec. 25 next season. The proposed regulations still have to be passed by the Department of Natural Resources board, and hunters have until April 30 to comment on the proposals.

In much of the Northern Zone, either-sex days would be reduced 33 percent from 75 days to 50 days. However, in the QDM counties of Hancock, Meriwether and Troup, every day of firearms season would remain a doe day (75 total either-sex days during gun season). In the mountains, either-sex days in Fannin, Rabun, Towns and Union counties would be reduced from eight to six days. In Banks, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Stephens, White and Whitfield counties, the number of either-sex days would drop to 18 days from 26 days.

In the Southern Zone, the QDM counties of Dooly, Harris, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph and Talbot would continue to have either-sex days every day of firearms season (89 days), while the rest of the Southern Zone would be reduced by 25 days to a total of 64 days (either-sex hunting would be closed from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25).

All archery hunting remains either-sex, including during firearms season.

Meanwhile, WRD did not ask the legislature to consider reducing the deer limit. Either-sex days can be changed by WRD, but deer limits fall under state law and must be changed by the legislature. When deer limits were last increased, the legislature changed the law based on WRD recommendations.

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