Deer Season Opens Tomorrow for Archers

September 7, 2012

For most hunters in Georgia, the deer season is the most anticipated time of the year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This year archers will be up first to start the season, which gets officially started tomorrow.

Last year, 118,500 archery hunters harvested more than 68,000 deer. Statewide archery season runs through Oct. 12, although hunters may hunt deer with archery equipment through the entire deer season.

In fact, Georgia ranks #1 in the nation for attracting out-of-state hunters, according to the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. Hunters account for $679 million in retail sales in Georgia each year with a $1.1 billion ripple effect.

Hunters are allowed a season bag limit of 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer with the stipulation that one of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.  Special regulations apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season areas.

To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, big game license and a current deer harvest record.

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