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Deer Hunting
Predators and Fawns: What's the Impact in Georgia?
A 3,000-acre tract in Murray County, almost in the shadows of the rugged Cohutta Wilderness, intensively managed for deer for the past seven years. Lush food plots, supplemental feed, minerals, and selective harvest should have caused what has traditionally been a low deer population to literally explode.

Seven years on 3,000 acres, where not a single doe has been killed, not one, and the deer population is still so low that more often than not, hunters don’t see a deer from the...

Wildlife Management
Coyotes Could Drive Deer Into “Predator Pit”
Deer managers and hunters now know for certain coyotes in Georgia are taking a bite out of fawn numbers. Top deer researchers studying fawn mortality are finding survival rates significantly lower than they used to be, and coyotes are the primary fawn killer.

Studies in the Southeast are finding only 20 to 25 percent of fawns are making it, and recruitment rates are 0.2 to 0.25 fawns per doe. Recruitment rate is the number of surviving fawns (5 to 6 months old) per adult doe in...

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WMA & Public Hunting
B.F. Grant WMA
My first hunting memories were born on B.F. Grant WMA. Growing up east of Atlanta, dad and I wore some tires out running back and forth to this 14,000-acre Putnam County WMA, roaming hardwood hillsides and creek bottoms for squirrels and turkeys.

In the early 1990s I killed my first turkey there. The first drake woody I ever watched fall was at B.F. Grant. The first time my young eyes saw a fox squirrel, a wild hog and a buck in velvet was at B.F. Grant, and the biggest deer rub I’ve ever seen in my life was on this piece of public land.

I’m certainly not the only one who has a special place in the memory box for this WMA. There are hundreds of folks who cherish this University of Georgia owned — state leased — public-hunting area, many of whom enjoy the good deer hunting.

Thomas Cooper is one hunter who is synonymous with deer hunting at B.F. Grant. In November 1974 he killed B.F. Grant’s largest-ever buck, a 215...

GON's Tracking Dogs & Deer Coolers Lists
Here's GON's 2013 Dial-a-Tracking Dog and Deer Coolers lists. Some folks have dropped off the lists this year, but there are some new faces, as well. If you have a deer down, these lists should provide everything you need to find it and get it to a cooler for storage or processing.

To add a dog or processor to either list, call GON at (800) 438-4663.
Deer Coolers
GON’s Deer-Coolers list is back, helping hunters find a place close to camp to take a deer. The coolers listed below didn’t pay a thing to have their businesses listed in GON; it’s a free service to them simply because it helps our readers so much.

For deer coolers not on the list, we’d like to know about them. Call us at (800) 438-4663, and we’ll add those coolers to the list. We’ll post a newer version of the list on the GON Web site prior to bow season. Also, we’d like to hear about any coolers currently on the list that have shut down. Please call us and let us know about those.

Deer coolers that are licensed to process wild hogs are noted with an * symbol.

This listing is not an endorsement or a guarantee of processing services.
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