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This is an email I received yesterday:  One of the proposed regulations would add a feral hog and coyote two week long season on WMA’s, right after turkey season.


Hunting Regulations Focus at Upcoming Public Hearings

To save folks having to click multiple times, here are the public hearing locations and dates:


Hunting Regulations Public Hearings: Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to attend any of three upcoming public hearings to provide comment on proposed hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons:

APRIL 11, 2017: 7 P.M.

APRIL 12, 2017: 7 P.M.

APRIL 13, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Sports Complex and Civic Center (786 Austin Avenue East, Pearson, GA)

WRD recognizes that some individuals will not be able to make the public hearings.  At the public hearings, staff will give a brief presentation highlighting major changes in the proposed regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons.

To view a PDF of proposed hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons, click HERE (link coming soon).

To view a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation to be presented at the hearings, click HERE (link coming soon).

Those unable to attend a public meeting or hearing may submit comments electronically or by mail. More information found HERE.

And here is the link to the proposed regulations, and recently added regulations:


The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage Georgia’s game birds and game animals according to principles of sound wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources.





Frustrating, trying to find an open public hunting area this year, isn’t it?  The DNR has eight public hearings coming up in January – I highly recommend folks attend these hearings and join the discussion.



Hunting Regulations Public Meetings: Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons:

JAN. 9, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Merle Manders Conference Center (111 Davis Road, Stockbridge, GA 30281)
  • Stellar Center (144 Stellar Drive, Brunswick, GA 31525)

JAN. 10, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Southern Regional Technical College (800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, GA 31788)
  • Southeastern Technical College (3001 East 1st Street, Vidalia, GA 30474)

JAN. 11, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Augusta Tech College (216 Hwy. 24 South, Waynesboro, GA 30830)
  • Middle Georgia State University-Dillard Hall (1100 Second Street, SE, Cochran, GA 31014)

JAN. 12, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Lion’s Club Barn (1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540)
  • Banks Co. High School (1486 Historic Homer Hwy., Homer, GA 30547)”
Georgia Outdoor News

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There was a tremendous response from hunters to this year’s cover-ballot survey.

By GON Staff
Posted Thursday January 30 2014, 10:04 AM

GON_SurveyLet someone try to tell you sportsmen don’t care about the heritage and future of deer hunting in Georgia. Forget how few hunters showed up for state-held public meetings no one knew about, let them talk to the rural mail carrier who delivers to GON’s office, or to the GON folks who spent four weeks day and night keystroking every word from two- and three-page handwritten letters that poured in with this year’s cover-ballot VOTES survey.

Sportsmen care, with a passion. And that gives us hope we can once again have a Georgia deer season where the majority of hunters look back and rate their hunting as excellent or good. GON has been doing our annual Rate Your Season survey for almost two decades. Used to be, season after season the top ratings were positive, and poor ratings garnered the lowest response.

That began to change about a decade ago. Hunters started to express concern that deer numbers were getting too low on their hunting land. Those who said coyotes were eating deer were scoffed at, and they were still being told it was impossible to kill too many does—that if you wanted to grow big bucks, shoot every doe you saw.

That was the past. Going forward, sportsmen have lots of opinions and ideas, and some of those appear below. We randomly picked a tiny fraction of the overwhelming number of comments to put in the magazine. Some of these comments you might agree with, others might make you scratch your head—or bang it on the table. Regardless, we feel all sportsmen should have a voice. There was only space for a very small sample of comments in this issue of GON. We want everyone’s opinion and ideas to be heard, so every single comment was keystroked and is published here. Next to each county is a letter and number, which shows the number of season ratings for that county (e-excellent, g-good, etc.)

For the rest of the article – visit GON.COM, or click either image in this excerpt.

From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at

(PLEASE NOTE: The counties listed for the zones are from the 2012-2013 eregulations page – CHECK this year’s regulations when they are published to ensure accuracy. The DNR did not publish a map for this information, or, if they did, they put it in a basement somewhere protected by leopards and alligators, with no lights.)

Black Bear Seasons

Northern Zone

(In Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, Walker, White, Whitfield Cos.)

  • Archery: Sept. 14 – Oct. 11
  • Primitive Weapons: Oct. 12 – 18
  • Firearms: Oct. 19 – Dec. 1

Central Zone

(In Bibb, Houston, Twiggs Cos.)

  • Firearms: Dec. 14

Southern Zone

(In Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Echols and Ware Cos.)

  • Firearms: Sept. 26-28; Oct 3-5; Oct 10-12

Why there isn’t an archery season in the Central or Southern zone, I have no idea.  Then again, in the Central zone, what are they going to do, say “From 7:30 am to 9:45 am, it’s archery season…”   I imagine the rule is “During Firearms season, if you want to use a bow, go for it,” but calling the DNR and asking would be the best plan.

Here are the links to more information about bears in Georgia. (Not me, actual bears.) Click on the images to load the full page:

fed bear


fact sheet



(NOTE: Usually I avoid political posts on this blog – I made the blog for our archery shoot, I’ve put movie reviews, recipes, hunting tips, videos, etc. on here, but this directly affects hunting, therefore it’s fair game. – Niko)

From “100 Percent Fed Up” on FaceBook

Democrats Seek to Ban Hunting Ammunition in Wisconsin, Would Make It Illegal To Hunt Deer And Bear In The State…

A Democratic state senator and three Democratic state representatives have circulated draft legislation that would ban civilian possession of hollow point or frangible ammunition. According to existing Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regulations, sportsmen and women in Wisconsin must use such ammunition when hunting deer or bear. The Democratic lawmakers, two of whom are freshman, all hail from urban districts in the City of Milwaukee.

The reasoning behind the legislation is a bit muddled. The impact, however, is quite clear. According to a legislative counsel review of the legislation, it would essentially make it impossible for civilians to hunt deer or bear in Wisconsin.

“The provision in the bill draft that provides whoever intentionally sells, transports or possesses any bullet that expands or flattens easily in the human body is guilty of a Class H felony conflicts with current DNR hunting rules. Under s. NR 10.09 (1)(c)2., ‘no person shall hunt any deer or bear with any air rifle, rim-fire rifle, any center-fire rifle less than .22 caliber, any .410 bore or less shotgun or handgun loaded with .410 shotgun shell ammunition or with ammunition loaded with nonexpanding type bullets or ammunition loaded with shot other than a single slug or projectile.’ The bill draft does not provide an exception to the prohibition on possessing expanding bullets for deer or bear hunting.” (Emphasis added)

The draft legislation (linked to below) was circulated this week by Sen. Nikiya Harris (D), Rep. Mandela Barnes, (D), Rep. Evan Goyke (D), and Rep. Fred Kessler (D). Mandela and Goyke are freshman lawmakers elected just last November. A phone call around 3:00 pm to Rep. Goyke’s office went unanswered, as did phone calls to Rep. Kessler’s office and Sen. Harris’s office.

Read the rest of the story at Media Trackers

(I saw this on Dan Schmidt’s Twitter feed this morning @DanSchmidtDeer)

From Deer & Deer Hunting magazine

austin-spain-inAn Indiana man has admitted to illegally killing a 16-point whitetail buck that could meet criteria for Boone and Crockett record standards.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials said Austin M. Spain, 21, of Lynn, Ind., admitted to killing the buck after already killing one earlier in the Indiana season. Hunters in Indiana are allowed to kill just one buck per season.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Spain shot the buck the weekend of Nov. 17-18, but already had killed a buck. Indiana DNR officials said during its investigation that Spain admitted illegally killing the deer after initially saying it had been killed in Michigan. State officials did not say what prompted the investigation.

Read the rest at Deer & Deer Hunting magazine.





From Petersen’s Hunting

by Doug Howlett • November 12, 2012

We’ve all committed them at some point or another in our hunting lives—those unforgivable errors that completely blow a hunt or cost us the trophy of our lives. From something as simple as a forgotten license to a more serious thing like an injury, we sometimes walk a fine line between participating in the ultimate experience and complete and utter frustration. In light of that, here are three of the most common hunting disasters and advice on how to avoid them.

Forgetting the Essentials
One of the most common hunting “disasters” many of us face happens before we ever leave home. We’ve all been there: We forget something critical to the hunt and we’re left kicking ourselves. To be sure, there are many gear items that aren’t essential to putting meat on the ground. But there are others—guns, shells, bow and arrows—that would derail our hunt before we ever step foot afield. Others—like a safety harness, flotation device or warm clothing—are essential to our safety. And still other items—like a hunting license or orange apparel—are required by law. Forget any of these and you can forget even the chance to hunt. There’s nothing more frustrating than ending your hunt before it begins.

I remember years ago driving two hours to a tract of public land to turkey hunt with a coworker, only to discover that I left my hunting license at home. The sun was breaking and hunting ended at noon, so there was nothing I could do except put the gun and calls back in the truck and tag along as an observer.

Over the years I’ve forgotten or borrowed orange hats, flashlights and ammo. I’ve even arrived on an out-of-state hunting trip where I had to buy boots and rain gear because I left mine at home. I’ve been in the field with hunters who have forgotten to load their guns, have left their bow in the truck that dropped them off, or simply had to sit and wait for their transportation to come get them at lunch. I even remember a guy losing his gun in the woods. Apparently the camo Mossberg blended in so well he couldn’t find it after setting it down to film shots for his TV show (I won’t name names here).

Part of the problem is that many of us try to bring too much gear in the first place. In addition to the essentials—clothes, hat, boots, gun (or bow) and ammo (or arrows)—there are binoculars, rangefinders, flashlights, knives, GPS units, ThermaCells, decoys, calls and much, much more. In the old days, our fathers grabbed a gun, their flannel shirt and jeans and strolled into the woods with relative simplicity. Today, many of us look like we’re taking a six-month expedition around the world.

Just like a pilot, the trick is to make a checklist before each trip and then make use of it. Commercial airline pilots, despite flying several times every week for years, still use a pre-flight checklist every time they take to the air. Hunters should, too. Make your list well before a trip or at the start of the season when you’re not rushed, and then go through it for every time. Pack all of your key items in a tote or large pack and you’ll be ready to leave on the fly, confident you have everything you need for a successful hunt.

Brush Up on the Law Books
I woke up in the chilly predawn darkness of a tent on a Nebraska deer hunt with some friends years ago. It was my first time hunting in that state, and before we set out my host asked to see my license. I’m glad he did. I hadn’t realized that a $15 conservation stamp was required in addition to the big game license, and it could have led to serious trouble.

Game department websites are notoriously vague in specifying what non-residents need to hunt a species in their state, and rules and regulations vary greatly from state to state. Be sure that you have all of the proper permits before leaving on an out-of-state hunt, and check with a local hunter or outfitter. It’s always a good idea to call the game department where you will be hunting too, just to be sure.
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(My book – “All 50 States – From a Deer Hunter’s POV” is available at for Kindle for $2.99.)

Over the next week or so I will be editing the ’50 States’ series to bring older entries up to the format and standard questions of the latter entries, so if you have previously looked at the first 10 or so and look again, you haven’t lost your mind, it probably did change, a lot.  (I may have lost my mind, but you’re fine. Maybe.)

States CompletedAlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelaware,

FloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndiana, IowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMaryland

MassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Hampshire

New JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvania,

Rhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest Virginia,


Recently, I contacted the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and asked 10 questions.  My contact there is, of course, busy with day-to-day duties, but has managed to respond with some of the answers.  This series will give the answers to the questions by question number.

2. Why is there a difference between baiting in the northern zone and southern zone?

2) Regarding hunting over bait and why state law is not uniform across the state, this activity is regulated by state law not Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulation. The Georgia General Assembly passes laws, and the Board of Natural Resources passes DNR regulations. DNR does not have an active role in introducing or voting on proposed law changes. Those rights are reserved solely for Georgia’s elected General Assembly members. Thus, the recent changes (2011) in the state’s baiting law were a legislative decision made by the Georgia General Assembly and not a DNR decision. There was considerable debate within the legislative process concerning this change and, at the time, consensus within the Georgia General Assembly was that there was considerably more support in south Georgia than there was in north Georgia for this change. As such, the law was modified to allow deer to be shot over bait in south Georgia. With regards to this and other statutory issues, the DNR’s role is and remains to provide science-based information as a foundation to discussions on wildlife and other natural resource issues. We support the legislative process as it affords all stakeholders the opportunity to participate in decision-making. We will continue to work with the Georgia General Assembly on all issues affecting Georgia’s sportsmen.


Is the information easy to find?

The Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest was at the top of the search results

Grade: A

Website: is it easy to use and understand?

Somebody needs to take a class on bullet points or ‘how to arrange an outline,’ the initial ‘seasons and limits’ page is not in alphabetical order, or any logical order I can determine, with sub-rules to species’ seasons being at the same order of import as the base species bullet point.  Also, after digging through the entire page, I just noticed that on the right side there was ‘Most Read Pages’ that included a separate ‘Deer Hunting Seasons’  Finding the COST of a license was a bit of a pain, the first link to ‘General License and Fee Info’ should just be ‘General License Info.’ There are no fees on the main page.

Grade: C

Does the state hold a lottery system for non-residents or are over the counter licenses available.

Alabama may have some limited area or quota hunts that rely on a drawing for per

Grade A

How much does it cost to hunt, and is there a short term license available?

Alabama Hunting License Descriptions & Fees

Alabama charges residents $25.05 (why .05? There’s a rogue accountant somewhere in that mix) for a State All Game license; “valid for all legal game, to include deer and turkey, includes privileges of Wildlife Heritage License.” Nonresident licenses are priced at $287.45 for an annual license, $177.65 for a 10 day license, and $125.40 for a three day license. There is an additional license priced at $16.70 for residents and nonresidents for Wildlife Management Area access.

There are short term licenses available, but the pricing for a three day license is close to many states’ annual license fees.

Grade B

Are the hunting seasons easy to find and laid out in a logical manner?

Deer hunting seasons are listed by county in Alabama, then by ‘Antlered, Unantlered, and Antlered Bucks and Unantlered Deer,’  there are six subcategories underneath those three for a total net result of 498 (67 counties x 6 categories + 16 counties with 6 different categories for National Forest Service Lands) different deer seasons.  Provided hunters are willing to remain in just a few counties this is manageable, but looking at the table, these seasons could be easily consolidated into just a few lines.

Grade: D +

Is public hunting available, if so, are the rules different? If the rules are different, are they easy to understand?

Public hunting is available in Alabama, however finding the information is difficult.  After following five different links to ‘Wildlife Management Areas,’ no specific information has been found to determine if the regulations are significantly different.

Grade: C

Are there major issues in hunting this state as a non-resident?

Chronic Wasting Disease is not present in Alabama.  No other issues are known at this time.

Grade A

Summary: Total Grade: B

The web page is easy to find, somewhat confusing to navigate or somewhat poorly organized. Users who are considering hunting Alabama as a nonresident should be able to find all of the information they need after spending an evening in front of the computer taking notes.  Of course nonresidents and residents alike can always contact states and ask for a copy of the hunting regulations directly.