Georgia Hunting News

Georgia Uses ACTT for Firearms Safety

For the 2010-2011 hunting season, Georgia reported 44 hunting incidents, 22 of which involved firearms. With the upcoming Oct. 22 opening of firearms deer hunting season, review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.

Georgia Poachers Plead Guilty to Killing Female Bear

Four out of five defendants charged with crimes related to killing a female black bear out of season in Fannin County pled guilty and will be paying fines totaling $2,700.

In March 2010, rangers with Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, obtained arrest warrants on five suspects involved in the illegal killing of a female black bear with newborn cubs. The investigation began when the dead bear was found in Murray County on March 3. Two cubs were dropped off at McCayesville veterinarian later that week. 

Interior Secretary Announces More than $20 Million for Wetlands Grants for Migratory Birds, More than $10 Million for Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (Commission) today approved spending more than $9 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 5,550 acres of waterfowl habitat on five units of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The Commission also approved $20.7 million in federal funding for grants to conserve nearly 100,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in 16 states through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Hunters Contribute Billions to Conservation Efforts

The largest, most successful wildlife conservation program in the world, the Federal Wildlife Restoration Program, is fueled by hunters.

Over the past 70 years, hunters nationwide have contributed more than $6.8 billion dollars to wildlife conservation efforts. In Georgia alone, since 1939, hunters have contributed more than $145 million for wildlife conservation in Georgia. 

Help Fight Hunger Through Georgia's "Drop-Back-A-Pack" Campaign

Since 1993, hunters have been bringing meat to the tables of those in need through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program. Through this successful program, hunters have donated enough venison to serve more than 1.5 million meals. This year, hunters are asked to give a portion of their processed deer through the “Drop-Back-a-Pack” campaign at one of 12 participating processors through Jan. 15, 2012.

Georgia Squirrel Hunting Season Begins August 15th

The beginning of squirrel season is just around the corner, are you ready? Often revered as a celebrated American fall tradition, squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce youth or a novice to the sport of hunting. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors.

Beginning August 15, 2011 and lasting through February 28, 2012, hunters can pursue both gray and fox squirrels. The maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter. 

Georgia's 2011-12 Hunting Regulations Guide Now Available

The 2011-2012 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

Georgia's Public Fishing Areas Will Change Days of Operation

Visiting one of Georgia's Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) with the family is a great in-state way to entertain both the kids and adults this summer. Beginning on August 1, 2011, nine PFAs will have new days of operation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

Georgia Gets New Archery Range at Rock Hawk

A new archery range at Rock Hawk in Putnam County is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their target skills.

The archery range was constructed through a partnership between Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), Georgia Power, Putnam County, University of Georgia, and Historic Piedmont Scenic By-way Corporation. Using Pittman-Robertson federal grant money, WRD supplied materials needed for construction while Georgia Power will manage, administer and maintain it.

Georgia DNR Board Approves Changes to Hunting Regulations

The Board of Natural Resources recently approved proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2011-2013 hunting seasons and adopted proposed rules for the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass.

The purpose of hunting regulations are to manage Georgia's game birds and game animals according to the sound principles of wildlife management that achieve a balance between biological constraints and public objectives for the use of these renewable natural resources.