WRD To Reveal 10-Year Deer Plan

How should we best manage our deer? Hunters urged to attend one of eight public hearings.

Daryl Kirby | July 22, 2014

Wonder what the plan will be to set deer limits, doe days, season dates and address the different regs for different parts of the state? Speak now, or forever hold your peace… at least when it comes to the quality of your deer hunting in Georgia for the next 10 years.

The Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) has announced eight public hearings where we learn the plan to manage Georgia’s deer for the next 10 years. What the plan entails is still not available for public review, but GON is requesting the info so it can be made available online here at before the meetings. These public hearings are the last opportunity for public comment.

In announcing the public-hearing dates and locations, WRD said, “How many white-tailed deer should we have in Georgia? The answer to this question varies depending on whom you ask. Management of Georgia’s white-tailed deer herd can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic.
“Georgia’s Deer Management Plan 2015-2024 will guide deer management in Georgia for the next decade. This plan is being developed through the best available science and a comprehensive public-input effort including public meetings and hearings, web-submitted comments, scientific surveys and stakeholder meetings. These public hearings represent the final phase of the public-input process and your last opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan.”

If you’ve been concerned during the previous 10-year management plan and want to have a voice on the plan for the next 10 years, please attend one of these important public hearings.

Here are the public hearing locations and dates:

10-Year Deer Plan Public Hearings

Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
City of Monroe Community Center
602 East Church Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Town’s Bluff Heritage Center
54 Riverwood Trail
Hazlehurst, GA 31539

Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
Fire Station Community Center
1190 Evenflo Drive
Canton, GA 30114

Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.
Leesburg Library
245 Walnut Avenue
Leesburg, GA 31763

Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
Greystone Power Auditorium
4040 Bankhead Highway
Douglasville, GA 30134

Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.
Monroe County Library
62 W Main Street
Forsyth, GA 31029

Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.
Loudsville Methodist Church
1493 Highway 75 Alternate
Cleveland, GA 30528

Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.
Susan Shipman Building
One Conservation Way
Brunswick, GA 31520

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