WRD offices recently have received an unusually high number of reports of sick and/or dead deer in northwest Georgia. These deer appear to be suffering from epizootic hemorrhagic disease, something that typically impacts deer in late summer to early fall. This viral disease has the potential to have devastating impacts to local deer populations. However, most of the Georgia deer herd has good immunity to the virus, with north Georgia being the exception.
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Over the years, Georgia has become renowned for its deer management and deer hunting opportunities; with many deer taken that exhibit antlers of superior quality and size. While this is a testament to quality of Georgia's deer herd and deer management, it represents only a fraction of the quality deer taken each year.
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On January 12, 1967, Chronic Wasting Disease was first identified in Colorado in a captive deer herd. It was later detected in free-ranging deer in 1981. The disease subsequently spread to surrounding areas of northern Colorado and southern Wyoming by the 1990s. It has continued to spread and is one of the most concerning and challenging natural resource issues facing wildlife professionals today.
Wildlife Resources Division is pleased to continue its series of programs focusing on the development of hunting skills and conservation knowledge. This year’s hunts will include deer, squirrel, quail, rabbit, and turkey.
General Outdoor Safety Tips for Hunters
- Be sure to tell someone where you are going, what time to expect your return and what to do if you are not back at expected time.
- Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
- Dress for the appropriate weather/season. For example, wear layers during cooler times of the year, have rain gear available, bring hats or face coverings, etc.
All turkey and deer hunters are required to have a Harvest Record for the current season.
- hunters under 16 years of age
- honorary, lifetime and sportsman's license holders
- hunters not required to purchase any license or a big game license
- hunters whose big game license has not expired
Additionally, all harvest must be reported within 72 hours through Georgia Game Check.
Increased deer sightings often happen in the Fall of the year and may occur for a number of reasons, such as the following: