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Archery deer season opens Saturday

One of the most highly anticipated outdoors times of year comes this week.

Archery deer season begins on Saturday, the first chance this season for hunters to bring home a deer. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a press release that last year 113,566 archery hunters harvested more than 60,190 deer. Statewide archery season runs through Oct. 11, although hunters may hunt deer with archery equipment through the entire deer season.

“Spring and summer seasons with abundant rainfall, like Georgia has experienced this year, generally produce abundant natural foods,” John W. Bowers, chief of Game Management, said in a press release. “These conditions often contribute to an increase in deer quality, but can also make it a challenging year to hunt deer.”

Many public lands offer specialty hunts, including primitive weapons hunts, adult/child hunts and ladies-only hunts. Dates and locations for these hunts are listed in the 2013-2014 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide. Georgia offers more than 90 state-operated wildlife management areas for the public’s use.

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).

For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting.