The week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 15. Last year, more than 45,500 hunters took to the woods with muzzleloaders, bringing in over 9,000 deer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).
“The primitive weapons season is a great opportunity for an early deer before the pressure of rifle season hits,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with WRD Game Management. “All deer hunters need to be aware of the Georgia Game Check mandatory harvest reporting system, a valuable data collection tool that is new this season. Although every deer must be reported within 72 hours of harvest, those taken to a processor must be reported in advance with the confirmation number provided to the processor.”
During the primitive weapons season, hunters may use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns (20 gauge and larger) and muzzleloading firearms (.44 caliber or larger). Youth under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm, including during any wildlife management area primitive weapons hunts.
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