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Deer Hunting

Georgia 2024-2025 Deer Hunting Dates

Archery Sept. 14 - Oct. 11

Primitive Weapons/Youth Firearm  Oct. 12-18

Firearms   Oct. 19 - Jan. 12

The Gunbelt Buck

So you think you have your buck patterned for the year already? You know the area he is using because you scouted in post-season 1989 and pre-season 1990 and saw his fresh sign on both occasions! You could still be hunting a ghost—a trophy animal now 4 or 5 miles from his fresh sign. When…

New River’s Coweta County Monster Buck

This story is nine years old, but it’s never been told. It is about a star-crossed rack that could have been a contender. If we could nudge two tines a half inch or so, we’d be talking about a new Georgia state-record buck. The buck is a monster 12-pointer with an inside spread greater than…

Jones County Non-Typical Wins 1989 Hilman’s Big Buck Contest

Editor’s Note: Below is a story from 30 years ago that will appear in the Days GON By section of the February 2020 issue of GON. We miss our dear friend Bill Hilsman and the great deer contest he used to host. The crowd of deer hunters gathered around the Hilsman’s Deer Cooler booth at…

Lake Burton WMA’s Biggest Buck Ever

Rumors of the buck had preceded it, but when Michael Long and his brother finally dragged the buck straight out of the Lake Burton WMA woods of Rabun County and up to the checking station, the Game Management personnel working the hunt still couldn’t believe it. The buck’s rack didn’t look like it belonged to…

Worth County Wallhanger Only 2 1/2 Years Old

Although there has yet to be a Boone and Crockett record book buck killed in Georgia this season, there have been a number of outstanding bucks killed. Mike Roberts Jr., 22, of Sylvester, was one of the lucky hunters. Mike shot a 235-lb. live-weight Worth County buck on Nov. 13. Like many of the big…

Deer Hunting Resources

Georgia Rut Map

Venison Recipes

Wild In The Kitchen: Easy Venison Pot Roast

Easy Venison Pot Roast Every hunter needs a tender venison pot roast full of rich meaty flavor in their cooking arsenal. A venison sirloin is the perfect cut of meat for a roast. • 1 sirloin roast • Small red potatoes left whole • 1 small bag baby carrots • 1 large yellow onion, chopped…

Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots

Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots There are plenty of wild-game recipes out there, but very few for wild-game appetizers. This appetizer is guaranteed to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Plan on making two or three per guest. • Venison rope sausage • 1 block cream cheese • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese •…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole

Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole 1 pound ground venison 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 28-oz. canned diced tomatoes Nonstick cooking spray 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 30-oz. pack frozen hashbrowns 4 cups grated cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400. Set the oven rack in center. Spray 9×13-inch baking…