Special to the Herald
SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA--Beginning June 1, hunters can apply online for quota hunts including youth, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
“Quota hunts are a great way to take part in a limited opportunity high-quality hunting experience,” says Tina Johannsen, assistant chief of the Game Management section with the Wildlife Resources Division. “But, to take advantage of the opportunity, you must apply. Make sure to note quota hunt application deadlines so you don’t miss a chance at these opportunities.”
A quota hunt is a scheduled event at a Wildlife Management Area or other state-managed property where a limited number of hunters are allowed. Quota levels, such as the number of hunters that can participate and the harvest limit, are based upon the sound principles of wildlife management and public desires for a quality hunt. These hunts provide a challenging and rewarding experience to hunters of all levels. Selected hunters must be properly licensed to participate in a quota hunt.
To apply for the quota hunt, click on: GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com and select “Quota Hunts” and follow the steps to complete your application. If you need more help, visit the Georgia Wildlife Blog at GeorgiaWildlife.blog/category/hunting/ for step-by-step instructions on applying as an individual, a group, or joining a party. Make sure your email is current and correct to receive quota updates, confirmations, or any further notices about quota hunts. If you are still unsure how to apply or want to check to see if you applied correctly, call 800-366-2661.
Application deadlines vary depending on the hunt type. Deadlines are July 15 for alligator, Aug. 15 for dove (including adult/child hunts), and Sept. 1 for most types of deer hunts (including youth hunts). Check the complete application date periods at GeorgiaWildlife.com/hunting/quota#deadlines. To view selection odds, based on previous years’ applicants, visit GeorgiaWildlife.com/hunting/quota#odds. For more information, visit GeorgiaWildlife.com/hunting/quota.