Effective Dec. 1, the state has changed the regulation for the number of available days to take deer of either sex depending on the type of equipment used and the area of the hunt.
Through Dec. 25, hunters should make special note of the following regulations:
• Archery equipment may be used for either sex statewide.
• Firearms and primitive weapons may be used for deer of either sex in counties with antler restrictions (including Dooly, Hancock, Harris, Macon, Meriwether, Montgomery, Randolph, Talbot, and Troup counties) and certain metro-Atlanta counties (including Forsyth north of state Highway 20, Fulton south of state Highway 92, Gwinnett, and Rockdale).
• Archery, shotguns and muzzleloading firearms may be used for deer of either sex in that portion of Forsyth County lying south of state Highway 20.
• Hunters using firearms or muzzleloaders in areas not detailed above may take bucks only.
A few factors went into this decision, including the decline in the number of fawns that survive into fall and an increase in doe harvest rates.
For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and wildlife management area maps, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting.