Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Waterfowl hunters, have you finalized your plans? Don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get outdoors and pursue some birds. The key to success, given the dry conditions across much of Georgia, may be hunting larger reservoirs.
Regarding the dry conditions seen on waterways, Georgia's waterfowl biologist, Greg Balkcom, says, "Recently, I was at Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area in Monroe County inspecting one of our managed wetlands. The food was there, lots of wild millet and smartweed, but water is limited."
But don’t despair. Instead look to pursue ring-necked ducks on some of Georgia’s reservoirs including Clarks Hill, Seminole, West Point and Eufaula. Ring-necks migrate in best numbers in late November and early December, and can be found on most of Georgia's reservoirs.
Hunting tip for ring-necked ducks: Create a diving duck decoy spread and mix in a few coot decoys.
Hunting season for ducks is Nov. 17 - 25, 2012 and Dec. 8 - Jan. 27, 2013.
Want a chance to win $50 to Bass Pro Shops? Then enter our 2012 Hunting Season Facebook Photo Contest! The two photos with the most likes on Nov. 30 will receive a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Good luck and happy hunting!