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.
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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In addition to State regulations, the following Federal rules apply to the taking, possession, shipping, transporting, and storing of migratory game birds. This is only a summary. Each hunter should also consult actual Federal Regulations, which may be found in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20 (www.gpo.gov).
No person shall take migratory game birds:
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.
Below are some excellent resources, compliments of Texas AgriLife Extension, to educate yourself on how to distinguish feral hog sign, the destructive capability of feral hogs, and proven methods for controlling feral hog populations on your land.
No limit, no closed season.
Feral hogs may be hunted at night with a light (no voltage restriction), which is carried by the hunter or affixed to a helmet, hat or part of a belt system. Hunting over bait is allowed. No hunting from a vehicle.