Hunters in Bartow County have a brand new youth public hunting area available this season! Pleasant Valley area has upland forest and wetland wildlife habitat and is located south of Adairsville along Pleasant Valley Road. Locals may recognize this as the “big swamp” from I-75 between Adairsville and Cass-White Road exits.
All hunts on this area will be adult-child quota hunts for archery-deer, waterfowl, squirrel and rabbit. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) is now accepting quota applications for several hunts (be sure to note quota deadlines), with the first hunt opening Sat. Oct 8, 2016.
The usage of this area will be unique as it will focus on youth hunting opportunities. These hunts will be quota only for one “party” at a time, where an adult can supervise one child for archery deer hunts or two children for waterfowl and other small game hunts. This means that those chosen for the quota opportunity will have the area to themselves for that selected hunt.
Season dates for Pleasant Valley’s youth quota hunts are set for 2016-2017: archery deer (Oct 8-16, Oct 22-30, and Nov 5-13), waterfowl (Nov 19, 26; Dec 10, 17, 24, 31; Jan 7, 14, 21, 28), and squirrel/rabbit (Feb 4-5, Feb 11-12, Feb 18-19, Feb 25-26).
To apply for a quota hunt, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org a postcard to GA DNR, 2592 Floyd Springs Rd, Armuchee, GA 30105. Application deadlines are as follows: archery deer (Oct 3), Waterfowl (Nov 8), Squirrel/Rabbit (Jan 31). In the email or on the card, provide information about which hunt is desired.
This new area is one of several in Georgia in which landowners have worked with WRD in utilizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded Voluntary Public Access (VPA) Program to temporarily enter lands into the WRD Wildlife Management Area (WMA) system and for the purpose of allowing public hunting access.
WRD is interested in leasing agricultural crop fields for various types of hunting and outdoor recreation. Private landowners that enroll in the program are eligible for a negotiable lease rate, and are provided with a legal agreement giving maximum liability protection. More information available at www.georgiawildlife.com/VPA-HIP.
For more information on Georgia hunting regulations, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.