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Hunting in Georgia: 3 Animals to Hunt Year-Round

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:51 AM

Hunting season in Georgia varies. In autumn and winter, hunters are allowed to catch alligators, deer, and bear. Then, in the spring, it's turkey season followed by squirrel hunting in the summer.

However, there are several animals that hunters can catch all year in Georgia, including these three:

1. Hogs
There is no bag limit for hogs in Georgia, which allows its hunters to catch as many feral hogs as they'd like year-round. This is in part due to the destructive nature that hogs can have on the local environment. According to Texas A&M University, "Feral hogs are non-native, highly adaptable, and cause significant ecological and economic damage."

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A bill was recently brought before the Georgia state legislature to ease hog hunting regulations and help hunters keep their population as low as possible. While hogs can be destructive to local habitats and spread disease easily to other animals, they also take a toll on nearby farms.

"According to the Athens Banner Herald, a survey of 41 Georgia counties in 2011 found that pigs were responsible for $81 million in farm damages, especially to crops like peanuts and cotton," reports Outdoorhub.

2. Coyotes
Like hogs, coyotes are hunted year-round in Georgia partly because of ecological concerns. In recent years, coyotes have had a devastating effect on deer populations. It's difficult to hunt coyote since they move over wide ranges of land very quickly. According to Georgia Hunting Seasons & Regulations, "Coyotes are very mobile and have home ranges that can cover thousands of acres."

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While coyotes can harm certain segments of wildlife, they also provide great benefits to overall ecological stability of the region. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division, "Overall, the coyote is a largely misunderstood creature and despite its nuisance reputation proves to be an asset in maintaining the balance of wildlife in Georgia."

3. Armadillos
Armadillos can be a difficult prey for hunters, since they like to burrow, they're small, and they mostly come out at night. The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division advises, "The best time to shoot is during twilight hours or at night by spotting when armadillos are active." Armadillos are more of a nuisance than a threat to local environments, since the damage they cause is typically due to their burrowing habits.

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

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