Last year, 118,500 bow and crossbow hunters harvested more than 68,000 deer in a season that extends this year through Oct. 12.
“Archery season offers excellent deer hunting opportunities and a chance to bag a ‘quality buck,’” said assistant game management chief John Bowers. “Georgia has more than one million acres of public land and has had 460 Georgia bucks accepted into the Pope and Young Club.”
Georgia’s rising numbers of record-book bucks also makes it a top destination for non-resident hunters, he said.
In fact, Georgia ranks No. 1 in the nation for attracting out-of-state hunters, according to the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.
Hunters account for $679 million in retail sales in Georgia each year with a $1.1 billion ripple effect.
Hunters are allowed a season bag limit of 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer (one of the two antlered deer must have a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers).
Special regulations apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season areas.
MARINA LEASE: A formal lease has been executed to transfer the use of the former Little River Marina property near Leah, Ga., to a new operator selected last winter by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“The lease was completed and signed on July 5,” a corp update said. “As for improvements, the initial development plan includes fueling facilities, dry-stack boat storage facilities, a ship store and normal marina supporting infrastructure.”
The new operator is Classic City Marinas of Athens, Ga.
The longer term plans include wet slips and a restaurant; however, the development plan depends on several variables, such as public demand (as evidenced by use), revenue streams, and increase and/or decrease in economy, to name a few, the corps summary said.