The week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 13. Last year, almost 41,000 hunters took to the woods with muzzleloaders, bringing in more than 6,400 deer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
“Primitive weapons season allows hunters with select equipment to get into the woods before firearms season starts,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with the WRD Game Management Section. “Remember, once you harvest a deer, be sure to report that harvest through Georgia Game Check. Deer can be checked on the Outdoors GA app, which you can use even without cell service, or at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661.”
More than one million acres of public hunting land is available to hunters in Georgia, including more than 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. Many areas offer special hunts throughout the season. Dates and locations for hunts are available in the 2018-2019 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide (http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations).
“Don’t forget that during primitive weapons season, youth under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm, including during any wildlife management area primitive weapons hunts,” said Killmaster.
Hunters can check out an interactive map to see available opportunities for different counties. More info at http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/deer-opportunities.
During the primitive weapons season, hunters may use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns (20 gauge and larger) and muzzleloading firearms(.44 caliber or larger).
The season bag limit is 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer (one of the antlered deer must antlered deer must have at least four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). Special regulations apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season areas.
All deer hunters, including archers, are required to wear a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during primitive weapons season. Scopes and other optical sighting devices are legal for muzzleloading firearms and archery equipment.
To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. Licenses can be purchased online at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661.
For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.