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Georgia firearms deer season opens Oct. 22

From Georgia Department of Natural Resources

-- Georgia's deer season opens Oct. 22 and lasts through Jan. 1 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone, through Jan. 15.

Hunters are allowed a season total of 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deeróone 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.

Licenses can be purchased at retail license vendors, by calling (800)366-2661 or online at www.georgiawildlife.com/recreational-licenses.

Georgia is considered a top destination in the country for nonresident hunters and continues to draw tens of thousands of hunters from across the country each year. The state's quality hunting opportunities and the availability of vast acres of public hunting land serve as the main appeal.

"Regulated hunting is the most cost effective and efficient means of managing the deer herd," said John W. Bowers, assistant chief of Game Management for the Wildlife Resources Division.

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 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 2011-2012 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations.

During the 2010-2011 firearms deer season, 299,894 licensed hunters harvested more than 386,050 deer in Georgia.

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