While archery and primitive weapons season occur first, many hunters anxiously wait until the opening day of firearms season to get into the woods. That wait is almost over as firearms deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 20 and lasts through Jan. 1, 2013.
More than one million acres of public hunting land is available to hunters in Georgia, including more than 100 state-operated wildlife management areas.
During the 2011-2012 firearms deer season, almost 280,000 licensed deer hunters harvested more than 340,000 deer in Georgia. Through the use of regulated deer hunting, Georgia’s deer herd remains a quality, healthy herd with an estimated statewide population of about one million deer.
A valid hunting license is required to hunt deer during firearms season, as is a big game license and a deer harvest record.
All deer hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of fluorescent orange above the waist to legally hunt during firearms season except on archery-only areas.
For more information on deer hunting seasons and regulations, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations.