Its time to get quacked!
Despite that line sounding like it came from a Mighty Ducks movie, it does mean that the beginning of duck hunting season is only a few days away.
State Waterfowl Biologist for the Georgia DNR Greg Balkcom explains what Georgia duck hunters will need in order to participate in this year’s duck hunting season.
“You need your normal hunting license, but in addition you need your Georgia Waterfowl License, Federal Duck Stamp, and your free HIP permit”, said Balkcom.
Safety is a big area that Georgia DNR is focusing on, as they normally do.
Those out hunting this season should always follow the gun safety commandments, and of course never hunt under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other sedatives.
Balkcom also points out something else to keep in mind regarding safety.
“They are usually in close quarters, a lot of the hunters I know will be either in a boat or blind, so it is really important to pick out your zones and identify landmarks so you are not shooing across one another”, said Balkcom.
He also has some good news regarding Georgia’s Wood Duck population, which he says is by far the most popular duck species for Georgia hunters.
“Hatching success seemed to be good, and probably more importantly was the survival of those youngsters from hatching up until they are old enough to fly”, says Balkcom. “We had some really good brood-rearing habitat, and good young survival, so I suspect our local wood duck population should be pretty strong this year.”
Season dates for the 2013-2014 duck hunting season run from this Saturday November 23rd until December 1st, and after a week off, the season will resume on December 7th until January 26th, 2014.
Hunters wanting more information about the upcoming duck hunting season, can visit www.georgiawildlife.com.