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Outdoor Life: Georgia deer hunters have plenty of options
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Hunting for best results

Ridge and Valley Region

1) Berry College   15,000 acres   12 percent success rate   706-295-6041    Rome

Blue Ridge Mountains

1) Warwoman       15,800 acres    4 percent success rate   770-535-5700     Clayton
2) Blue Ridge       20,900 acres   3 percent success rate    770-535-5700     Dahlonega
3) Dukes Creek    4500 acres       3 percent success rate    770-535-5700     Helen


1) B.F. Grant        12,000 acres    10 percent success rate   478-825-6354     Eatonton
2) Rum Creek       5800 acres       9 percent success rate    478-825-6354      Forsyth
3) Big Lazer         7200 acres        9 percent success rate    478-825-6354     Talbotton
4) Blanton Creek   4800 acres       18 percent success rate   478-825-6354    West Point

Upper Coastal Plain

1) Di-Lane            8100 acres      10 percent success rate    770-918-6416   Waynesboro
2) Chickasawhatchee   19,700 acres  13 percent success rate  229-430-4254  Albany
3) Flint River        2300 acres       19 percent success rate    229-430-4254   Vienna

Lower Coastal Plain

1) Tuckahoe         15,000 acres      7 percent success rate     706-595-4222   Sylvania
2) Penholoway     4200 acres         7 percent success rate      912-262-3173   Jesup

Two of the most productive times of the year for Georgia deer hunters are the opening day of firearms season and a period known as the fall rut.  Opening day typically is good because hunters have carefully laid their plans and have a pretty good idea when and where their quarry is going to be.  Many modern day hunters have scouted, used trail cameras and have provided the deer with good food sources and know to a certain degree what their habits are.  Things get a little tougher after that first weekend because the deer have an uncanny way of knowing that the game is on (especially bucks) and are much more wary.
    As the season moves into November the rut will commence and this is the second period of time when hunters can be ultra-successful.  The bucks abandon their careful nature in search of does in heat and this makes them much more vulnerable than normal.
    Hunters all over Georgia can enjoy the sport and although some areas of the state are better than others, quality deer can be taken no matter where you hunt.  Geographically speaking, our state is divided into five regions and here’s a quick breakdown on each one.  Following that is a chart with some helpful information on Wildlife Management Areas you can hunt and a little statistical data put together by Wildlife Resources Division biologists based on their research and surveys from the 2010 season to give you an idea where success rates are better.
    1)    Georgia’s Ridge and Valley region is made up of eight counties in the northwest corner of Georgia that includes Dade, Catoosa, Walker, Gordon, Bartow, Floyd, Chatooga, and Whitfield.  The topography is basically just what the name implies; a series of long ridges and valleys.
    2)    The Blue Ridge Mountains section of the state begins east of the Ridge and Valley section with the counties of Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens.  From there it moves east and includes the mountainous region of Georgia all the way over to Habersham and Rabun Counties.
    3)    The Piedmont section is much larger and includes everything north of a line formed by Columbus, Macon and Augusta until you reach the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Ridge and Valley sections.
    4)    The Upper Coastal Plain is another large region that is south of the Piedmont and roughly north and west of a line formed by Thomas County through Statesboro and over to the South Carolina line.
    5)    Included in the Lower Coastal Plain is everything east and south of the Upper Coastal Plain.
    These are just a few suggestions.  You can find statistical information on each WMA by going to Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division web site.  There are several hundred places scattered all over Georgia designated as WMA’s where you can try your luck.  It is a good idea to check ahead of time for special regulations on any WMA where you plan to go.  There is an extra license requirement for WMA’s.  Special regulations can be accessed by going to or by picking up a free copy of Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations pamphlet that is available at retail outlets all over the state.

    Articles and columns by Alvin Richardson about hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports appear weekly in the Statesboro Herald. Richardson can be reached at