Once again, many Georgia counties will experience at least a few days of deer season when only bucks are legal to shoot during firearms season. This move several years ago was stemmed from unhappy hunters who said that deer populations had dropped.
This year’s deer season will close statewide on Jan. 13. The only exception is the suburban Atlanta archery-only counties that are open to bowhunting until Jan. 31.
The map shows the days when hunters can shoot antlerless deer with a firearm. Antlerless deer may be taken statewide with archery equipment from Sept. 8 to Jan. 13.
Also included are dates for turkey, bear, migratory birds and small-game.
The complete 2018-19 Georgia Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits booklet will soon be available at license vendors and online. Be sure to consult the official regs before heading afield.
Hunters are responsible for knowing and abiding by seasons and limits or be subject to charges and fines.
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