Hunters in Mitchell County have a brand new public hunting area available this season! Jackson Farms has 567 acres of upland and lowland habitats and is located northeast of Meigs, along Big Creek and Hurst Tate Road, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
2016-17 hunting opportunities for Jackson Farms VPA include two sign-in archery deer hunts, two quota primitive/shotgun deer hunts, a 21-day sign-in small game season, and five quota 3-day turkey hunts.
Season dates are as follows: sign-in archery deer (Nov 3-5 and Dec 8-10), quota primitive/shotgun deer (Nov 17-19 and Dec 29-31), sign-in small game (Jan 7-27), and quota turkey (Mar 25-26, Mar 31- Apr 2, Apr 7-9, Apr 14-16 and Apr 21-23). Contact the WRD Albany Region Office (229-430-4254 or GM.Albany@dnr.ga.gov) for information and maps.
Quota applications are now being accepted for primitive/shotgun deer hunts through Nov 4, and for turkey through Mar 10. To apply for a quota hunt, send an email to GM.Albany@dnr.ga.gov or a postcard to GA DNR, 2024 Newton Road, Albany, GA 31701. 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.