Public-Lands Shine As Big Bucks Roll In

The Truck-Buck Contest is seeing some great bucks entered that were taken on Georgia public land.

GON Staff | November 13, 2020

A high-dollar hunting club or owning a big tract of managed land isn’t required for some great deer hunting in Georgia. There’s plenty of public land where the management is being done by biologists and wildlife technicians, and a look through the big bucks being entered in this year’s Truck-Buck Contest is proof of that.

Here’s a look at some of the bucks killed this season on state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and federal land like national forests and wildlife refuges.


Clybel WMA 11-pointer For Tom Winn

Tom Winn came down from his mountain home in Young Harris for a three-day camping and hunting trip at Clybel WMA along the Jasper and Newton county line, and he went home with a WMA trophy. His 11-point buck killed on Nov. 5 will rank as one of the WMA’s best ever. Back in 2002, Tom was hunting West Point WMA when he killed a 140-inch buck that’s still No. 4 all-time for that WMA.

Clybel WMA All-Time Buck Rankings

1154 2/8 Mike Ciccarello1998JasperGunView 
2135 Ben Stone2019NewtonGunView 
3129 Gary Lanier2008NewtonGun
4124 6/8 Tom Winn2020JasperGunView 
5124 3/8 Doug Ciccarello1999JasperBowView 
6121 5/8 Johnny Miller1997JasperGun
7118 6/8 Brenda Hall1999JasperGun
8118 5/8 Stephen Richards1995JasperGun
9118 5/8 Tom Winn2011JasperGun
10118 4/8 Chad Weaver2022JasperGun


Record-Book Bow-Buck From Montezuma Bluffs

Montezuma Bluffs, a 500-acre archery-only WMA in Macon County, produced this 12-point buck for Aaron Yoder.

Traditional Joe Kurz WMA Hunt Pays Off Again

“My buddies and I have hunted Joe Kurz numerous times in the past with great success. We always try to get the first hunt because the pre-rut has always been great for us down there,” said Bryan Fuller, of Newnan. It paid off for Bryan with a nice 8-point buck.

Dooly County 8-point With A Bow From Flint River WMA

Sixteen-year-old Eric Yoder downed this Flint River WMA buck during the first week of archery season on the Dooly County quality-managed WMA.

Flint River WMA All-Time Buck Rankings

1177 2/8 (NT)Larry Nickelson1994DoolyBowView 
2139 4/8 John Chop Darling2023DoolyGunView 
3138 4/8 Dave Yoder2023DoolyBowView 
4136 7/8 James Plank2013DoolyGunView 
5134 3/8 Tim Yoder2009DoolyBowView 
6132 3/8 Gerald Yoder2022DoolyBowView 
7130 Dev Adams2007DoolyGunView 
8128 6/8 Derek Yoder2019DoolyBowView 
9128 4/8 Richard Miller2023DoolyBowView 
10127 3/8 John Clements2009DoolyGunView 


Oconee National Forest 10-pointer

David Farmer found a spot to deer hunt while chasing turkeys last spring on Oconee National Forest property in Jasper County when he found a line of big rubs—and fresh rubs were back this deer season.

More Public-Land Bucks From the 2020 Georgia Deer Season

B.F. Grant WMA: Angela Thomas Putnam County 10-pointer
Celon WMA: Jesse Newsome’s Camden County 8-point bow-kill
Hart County WMA: Samuel Pruitt’s 8-pointer
Grand Bay WMA: Randy Kemp’s Lowndes County 8-pointer
Mayhaw WMA: Jeffery’s Osgatharp’s Miller County 8-pointer
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge: Shaune Choudhari’s 7-pointer
Redlands WMA: Christian Ireland’s Greene County 9-pointer 
Redlands WMA: Mike Hall’s Greene County 8-pointer


The highest scoring public-land buck during the season that doesn’t win a Truck-Buck week outright will earn a spot in the Shoot-Out for the grand-prize pickup truck, and the hunter also earns the Wildcard prize package that includes a $250 gift card from Agri Supply, product from Advanced Wildlife Solutions, and a Hunter Safety Systems harness.

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