Deer Season Primitive Weapons/Youth Week Opens

GON Staff | October 13, 2023

Adler Dickens shot this big Jasper County buck last season during the youth week after his dad picked Adler and his brother up from school and took them to the deer woods. In Adler’s deer contest entry, he wrote, “It was an awesome hunt I’ll remember for the rest of my life. The best part for me was my dad and brother got to share the moment with me, as well.”

After five weeks of archery deer hunting, Georgia’s deer season makes a transition tomorrow morning, Oct. 14, as primitive -weapons hunting opens statewide. Also, kids 15 and younger can hunt with rifles as the Youth Week opens in conjunction with the primitive-weapons season. The general firearms deer season for all hunters opens next Saturday, Oct. 21.

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Last year during the primitive weapons and youth week, nearly 10,000 deer were harvested by more than 26,000 hunters, according to DNR.

“The primitive-weapons season is a chance to hit the woods before the modern firearms season opens,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with the WRD Game Management Section. “Mid-October is an excellent time to be afield when bucks are starting to cover more ground as they gear up for the rut.”

A hunter under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm during primitive-weapons season, including during any WMA primitive-weapons hunts. During the primitive-weapons season, hunters may use archery equipment, air bows, muzzleloading shotguns (20 gauge and larger) and air rifles and muzzleloading firearms that are .30 caliber or larger. Scopes and other optical sighting devices are legal for muzzleloading firearms and archery equipment.

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