Georgia Wildlife Resources Division
2070 U.S. Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
Using primitive weapons, such as muzzleloaders, require specific safety precautions, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Primitive weapons deer hunting season is Oct. 12-18, 2013.
“Muzzleloaders require that a hunter be familiar with the difference between these and modern firearms,” says Walter Lane, hunter development program manager with the Wildlife Resources Division. “We encourage all hunters to review muzzleloader-specific safety tips before heading to the woods.”
Following are recommendations to ensure a safe experience:
All hunters, including archers, must wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during the primitive weapons season. Hunters may harvest deer of either-sex during the primitive weapons season.
To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, big game license and a current deer harvest record. If hunting on a WMA, a WMA license is required. Licenses can be purchased online at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/licenses-permits-passes  , by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (list of agents available online).
For more information on muzzleloader safety, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/education  .