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Hunting in Georgia: 4 Animals to Hunt in the Summer

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:38 AM

While hunting in Georgia, hunters can catch wildlife on both public and private lands. However, there are restrictions and benefits to both alternatives. If hunters are going to use public land, they must hunt in various Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

These areas are located all across Georgia, in places like the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, Blue Ridge, Chestatee, B.F. Grant, and Horse Creek. Each specific area boasts its own specialty.

For example, the Blue Ridge WMA offers the opportunity to hunt deer and small game while Horse Creek WMA is more suited to alligator hunting. For a longer list of each area's strengths and weaknesses, visit the OutdoorLife website.

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The WMAs in Georgia not only provides public access to hunters, anglers, and outdoors enthusiasts, but they also support wildlife conservation and economic growth. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, "WMAs are an economic engine that brings revenue to the area by drawing frequent visitation." These WMAs are especially busy in the summer, where hunters can expect to find any of these four popular animals to hunt in Georgia.

1. Squirrel
Squirrel hunting starts in August and runs through February, with hunters only allowed to catch up to twelve squirrels per day. Squirrel hunting is very common in Georgia, ranking as the second most popular hunt behind doves. According to the Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division, "During the 2002-2003 hunting season, 65,000 hunters harvested 803,000 squirrels."

2. Hogs
Hog hunting has increased in popularity over the years. Gum Log Plantation writes, "Wild boar hunting and feral hog hunting is one of the fastest growing hunting sports in the United States." Big game licenses are required for all hog hunters.

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3. Beavers
There is no closed season for beavers, meaning hunters can trap them year-round. Many different types of beaver are sought after for their furs. However, Georgia beavers are more plentiful and free to hunt at-will thanks to their less desirable pelts.

While hunting beavers, it's important to use restraint, as they are a vital component of the local ecology. The Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division explains, "Ponds or wetlands created by beavers provide excellent habitat for numerous plants and animals as well as provide critical nesting or foraging areas for numerous species of waterfowl and other migratory birds.

4. Groundhogs
Groundhog season is open all year and there's no bag limit. The parks department encourages hunters to keep the groundhog population low, since their burrowing activities can create substantial problems for residents. According to the Georgia DNR's Wildlife Resources Division, "Burrowing along sidewalks, driveways and building foundations can lead to serious damage to structures resulting in potentially costly repairs."

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

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