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Firearms Deer Season Opens Oct. 20 in Georgia



SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (October 10, 2012) – 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 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone,
through Jan. 15, 2013.

“Regulated hunting is the most cost effective and efficient means of
managing the deer herd,” says John W. Bowers, assistant chief of Game
Management for the Wildlife Resources Division. “In addition, sportsmen
and women provide more than $30 million each year to fund wildlife
conservation in the state through license fees and self-imposed excise
taxes collected on the purchase of firearms, ammunition, archery
equipment and fishing equipment.”

More than one million acres of public hunting land is available to
hunters in Georgia, including more than 100 state-operated wildlife
management areas.  In addition to traditional hunts, many special hunts
are offered, including ladies-only and adult/child hunts. Dates and
locations for these hunts, as well as WMA maps, are available in the
2012-2013 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide at
http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations .

During the 2012-2013 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.

Hunters may harvest up to 10 antlerless deer and no more than two
antlered deer (one of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of four
points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers).

A valid hunting license is required to hunt deer during firearms season,
as is a big game license and a deer harvest record. In most cases, a
separate WMA license is required to hunt on a WMA. 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.  Where
can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license
vendors at http://www.georgiawildlife.com/recreational-licenses or buy it by
phone at 1.800.366.2661.

For more information on deer hunting seasons and regulations, visit
http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations .