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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

Beginner’s Guide To Georgia Public Land Deer Hunting

As a 30-year public-land deer hunter and former WMA manager for the Georgia DNR, I know the challenges of hunting deer on public land all too well. You have hunting pressure to contend with, limited season dates, and rules that can be confusing to someone new. In this article, we’ll dive into how deer hunting…

Charlton County’s Chesser Island

It lies, does the old homestead, on an island of its own. A century old now but even at that little changed, it is surrounded by the vastness of the Okefenokee Swamp. The alligators know the place well, as do the bears, the hogs, the deer. But not as well as Joe Chesser. Looking back…

The Georgia Deer Management Assistance Program

    It’s no secret that just about every deer hunter wants to shoot big bucks. With the exception of obtaining free-range meat and perhaps the challenge of the pursuit, it’s a top reason many of us hunters wake up so early just to sit 20 feet up in the cold, dark woods instead of…

Take That Rebekah!

I love my sister. I truly do, but sometimes she just really rubs me the wrong way. I’m 11 years old, and Rebekah is four years older. I’m told that is usually the case with brothers and sisters. For instance, I have been deer hunting with my dad many, many times, but I dad never…

How The 2023-24 Weeks Were Won, Part II

Another group of Georgia deer hunters will soon take the stage at the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast on July 28 to compete in the 35th annual Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. The second-best shot will win a Firminator G-3 food-plot implement by Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment, and the man, woman or youngster who makes that last shot will win…

Deer Hunting Resources

Georgia Rut Map

Venison Recipes

Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Breakfast Sausage

Deer season is here! Wake up early and kill a doe, and you could be waking up early to enjoy her for the next few months. Sunrise Doe (venison breakfast sausage) 2-lbs. ground venison 12-ozs. bacon (ground) 2 Tbl. minced onion 3 Tbl. sage (ground) 1 Tbl. red pepper flakes 1 Tbl. black pepper 1…

Wild In The Kitchen: Smokin’ Backstrap

Deer season is here! No doubt folks will be spending some time at hunting camp. Any good camp has a guy who’d rather stand around a smoker than anything else. Show him this spicy recipe, but tell him to be careful with the red pepper flakes. Two tablespoons are enough to smoke your tongue. Smokin’…

Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Meatloaf

There’s no comfort food like meatloaf and mashed potatoes. With venison, you do not get the grease you do with cow burger, and the meat doesn’t hold together as well. So oatmeal and a little extra egg is needed as a binder. The good thing is, this adds another depth of flavor to your meatloaf.…