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Middle Georgia Bear Hunt Nets Only One

The family leaves for a quick trip to Disney World and you can’t go because of work. How about slipping away for a few hours to bear hunt on a Saturday? That was the situation that Quent Floyd found himself in on Dec. 21, 2019 when Houston, Twiggs and Bibb counties held their annual one-day…

Bear With A Bow On The Cohutta Mountain Wilderness

By Robert Nash After four long years of waiting, it happened. I was able to finally catch up to one of the elusive black bears that roam the forests of Cohutta WMA up close to Ellijay. Every year around the first full week of bow season, me and my buddy Reece Abernathy head up to…

High Hunter Success On North Georgia Bear-Dog Hunts

Sixty-one bears were killed by the 110 hunters who participated in a nine-day quota bear-dog hunt on Chattahoochee and Chestatee WMAs Sept. 28 – Oct. 6. Eleven of the 15 parties drawn for the hunt showed up to participate. “Obviously there are a lot of bears in this area, as many or more than anywhere…

Few Fawns Surviving On Chattahoochee National Forest

Early results from an ongoing research study looking into the drastic decline in deer harvest and hunter success in the north Georgia mountains doesn’t bode well for fawn survival. Only three of 13 fawns tracked by researchers at the Chattahoochee National Forest survived to 4 months. According to a presentation at the Southeast Deer Study…

Georgia WMA Youth Hunt Special 2019

The big news concerning all WMA youth hunts for this season is that WRD lowered the maximum age at which a Georgia hunter is now considered a Youth and can participate in quota and non-quota youth hunting opportunities. The new maximum age for a Youth is now 16 years old; it used to be 17.…

Hunters Asked To Comment On Proposed Regulation Changes

Hunters saw a few surprises when the proposed hunting regulations for the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 seasons were first unveiled on March 28. There were numerous changes proposed, including additions and reductions to firearms either-sex deer hunting days in north Georgia, a shift of the one-day central Georgia bear hunt from January to December, and…

Black Bear Sightings Rise In Spring

The arrival of spring heralds many things, including increased reports of black bear sightings and activity. These sightings are normal and to be expected across our state, according to Georgia DNR. Where have the bears been? Hibernating! Many Georgia black bears, especially females with young cubs, have spent the last several months, from about Thanksgiving…

No Bears Killed On One-Day Middle GA Hunt

Zero bears were harvested in central Georgia during the annual one-day hunt. The middle Georgia bear hunt was held on private properties in Bibb, Twiggs and Houston counties on Jan. 12, but no bears were registered at the Oaky Woods WMA check station.  A pile of rain fell in December, and the Ocmulgee River flood…

Bear Tears Into Hogs In Trap

Larry Davie, of Waycross, went to check his hog trap and found six dead hogs in the trap, torn to pieces. “Glad I had the trail camera on the trap,” said Larry. Otherwise, he might not have known for sure what occurred on the Ware County hunting property. In the final trail-cam picture in a…

Public Meetings To Discuss Georgia Bears

If you bear hunt in one of Georgia’s three Bear Zones, you will be interested in what’s coming for the next 10 years. WRD has just released it’s “Draft Strategic Management Plan for Black Bears in Georgia (2018-2027),” and hunters have the opportunity to make comment through one of three upcoming public meetings. “This long term strategic…