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Hunting in Georgia: 4 Animals to Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:24 AM

Like other states, Georgia has its fair share of Wildlife Management Areas, which is public land maintained by state officials who oversee the local wildlife populations and ensure wildlife preservation. These WMAs cover a vast expanse of state land.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division website, "Stretching from the mountains to the sea, Georgia has nearly 100 Wildlife Management Areas with approximately 1 million acres of public hunting lands."

However, there are numerous hunting enthusiasts who find that Georgia fails to meet their needs. OutdoorLife magazine notes, "With roughly 1.7 million acres of public lands (less than 5 percent of the state's surface area), Georgia doesn't have an abundance of accessible land."

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Still, there's plenty of opportunity for hunters to find a fulfilling diversity of wildlife during the spring hunting season, including these four animals:

1. Turkeys

In Georgia, turkey hunting is permitted between March and May, with dates varying slightly in different counties. Hunters are only allowed to catch up to three turkeys per season and must not exceed that total. Any hunter who intends to catch turkey during the season must obtain a big game hunting license from the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division.

2. Hogs

There is an abundance of feral hogs in Georgia, which is why there's no limit on the amount a hunter can catch. Hogs can be hunted at night, with dogs, and with a variety of weapons, including bows. Hunters must be careful, as hogs carry a number of infectious diseases.

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Georgia Hunting Season & Regulations cautions, "To avoid possible exposure, wear plastic gloves when field-dressing feral hogs; wash hands with soap and hot water immediately afterwards; avoid direct contact with blood and reproductive organs; cook thoroughly, and properly dispose of all waste."

3. Coyotes

Coyotes are considered small game and can be hunted year-round in Georgia. The use of electronic calls is also permitted for coyote hunting.

4. English Sparrows
Also known as house sparrows, these are small birds that can be found in most parts of the world. They are especially active during the spring months, making them easier to spot for hunting.

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

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