It is finally that time of the year again for Georgia hunters. Firearms deer season opens Saturday, October 18 and goes through January 1 in the Northern Zone and January 15 in the Southern Zone.
Last year, more than 276,000 licensed hunters harvested over 300,000 deer.
“Regulated hunting is the most cost effective and efficient means of managing the deer herd,” says John Bowers, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division assistant chief of Game Management. “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.”