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Hunting in Georgia: 5 Animals to Hunt in the Winter

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:42 AM

Hunters can find the widest diversity of wildlife available to hunt in Georgia during the winter, from November through February. Winter provides a treasure trove of game to hunting enthusiasts, including big and small game, waterfowl, migratory birds, and trapping.

While the weather can make hunting difficult, it's important to make the most of this limited window. According to Game & Fish, "There is always so much to do in December and January that many sportsmen and women put aside their hunting and fishing gear for a time, yet to do so means missing out on some of the most enjoyable game and fish pursuits of the year."

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The inclement weather can provide a litany of benefits and obstacles to hunters. Military.com notes, "With sparse foliage, the hunter has a better range of vision but it's harder to hide." When hunting potentially dangerous wildlife like bears, coyotes, or feral hogs, it's even more important to use camouflage during the winter to blend into surrounding areas.

Here are five animals to hunt during the winter in Georgia.

1. Bear
From September to December, hunters can catch bears across Georgia, but the bag limit varies in different regions. The maximum number of bears one can bag is two some places and only one in others. Furthermore, certain bears must be tagged and reported to the local wildlife authorities after they are successfully hunted.

2. Crows
Crow season runs from November through February and there is no bag limit. It's rare that hunters can kill an animal outside of their specific hunting window but crows are an exception. Georgia Outdoor News explains, "Outside of the season, crows may be shot if they are causing agricultural damage."

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3. Coyotes
While hunters can hunt coyotes all year in Georgia, winter is the preferred time of many hunters. There are fewer hunters, providing less competition, and coyotes are more frequently separated from their packs. Military.com explains, "Young coyotes, except for the select few that are allowed to stay with the pack, have been chased into the fringe territories and are on their own."

4. Rabbit
Rabbit hunting is permitted from November through February and carries a bag limit of twelve per day. Rabbit hunting ranks third in Georgia in popularity behind dove hunting and squirrel hunting. However, rabbits were once the most popular animal for Georgia residents to hunt. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division website notes, "Based on hunter surveys by the Wildlife Resources Division, rabbit hunting was very popular in the 1960s with 117,000 hunters harvesting 1.27 million rabbits annually."

5. Dove
Doves are the most popular gamebird in Georgia during its open season, from September through January. The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division states, "The mourning dove is the most hunted migratory game bird in the state." For most types of doves, hunters can catch up to 15 per day. However, there is no limit for Eurasian doves, which can also be hunted outside of the normal dove season year-round.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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