2019 Deer Lottery Odds for Georgia WMA’s

Each year hunters can wager priority points for quota hunts across the state of Georgia. Hunters can just about apply for any game species Georgia has to offer, however the odds vary depending on location and species.

Last year’s lottery draw odds are located here for WMA deer hunts, and state park deer hunt odds from 2019 can be found here. Take note, though, that some state parks only allow hunts every other year, so if you do not see the park you are interested in it is probably because a hunt was not offered last year.

There is no harm in simply applying for points only, and it cost you nothing. So for example, if you are interested in hunting Georgia alligators one day you might want to start building up points now.

With the current status of our nation and the onslaught of COVID-19, resourcing natural protein from Georgia’s wild game animals is an even more enticing and affordable option.

For the complete rules on quota hunts click here.

*All information was researched from the Georgia Wildlife website.

[VIDEO] Georgia Turkey Hunt 2020

Turkey season had its ups and downs, but things heated up late April and continued through early May. Nathan was fortunate enough to tag a hot gobbler off the roost. Between Georgia turkey hunting and Virginia turkey hunting the gobbling seemed to be consistent on private lands. Public lands were a different story.

4 Mistakes for Turkey Hunters to Avoid

I think a lot of times rather than give folks tips on how to harvest a turkey it is better to give them tips on what not to do. I guarantee one thing I have been wrong more times than I have been right, but it has only made me a better turkey hunter over the years.

Stay Put, Be Patient

If there is one mistake I have made over the last two seasons more times than I would like to admit it would be moving from my spot to quickly. I did it the beginning of last season and the season prior. Thankfully, I learned my lesson and took a nice Georgia bird towards the end of the season last year.

If you call to a bird and he gobbles back he knows where you are. I think the misconception for novice hunters is that turkeys will not know exactly where you are, and so the temptation is to move to get a better position. I promise you that bird knows where you are. If you need to re-position then do so, but be ready for that tom to come to that exact spot looking for a hen .

Know Your Gun, How Far You Can Shoot4-mistakes-turkey-hunters-avoid

This goes without saying, but should be reiterated. Know the distance you can shoot a turkey before you go into the woods. Pattern your gun to see how it hits a target at 20, 30 and 40 yards. If you need to purchase a choke that accommodates a farther shot there are plenty out there to get the job done.

Likewise, shoot ammo you are comfortable with and in which you have confidence. I personally like Remington Nitro Turkey 4 shot and a 3-inch shell for my Mossberg 500 12-gauge shotgun. There are other good brands out there like Hornady and TSS too. Find an ammunition that gives you confidence in the woods.

Don’t Shoot Across Your Body

I vividly remember a scenario last season where I called a bird in, and he came in from my right side. My decoys were about 20-yards straight out and slightly to my left. I am right handed. This bird seemed to be a subordinate bird, but still at least a two-year-old. Needless, to say he acted skittish. As he got about five yards from my decoy he turned around and started trotting from where he came. I panicked, turned and took a shot. I missed.

I literally had to swing across my body, take a shot on a moving bird at about 30-yards to my right. It did not go well. Two things I learned. First I should have placed my decoys straight away from me or slightly right, or I should have positioned myself on the other side of the tree. Secondly, I should have been more patient and waited for the bird to calm down and call him back. That probably would have proved more successful than taking a rushed shot. Thankfully, I am pretty sure this is the same bird I harvested several weeks later, the same bird in the photo above.

Don’t Try to Call A Bird Down Topography

If a bird is gobbling above you it is very difficult to call him down to you. This is simply because the rule of nature in a male turkey’s mind is that he calls hens up to him or to him. Thus, when hunters try to call gobblers to their decoys they are actually going against their typical mating behavior. Sure there are exceptions to every rule, but this is what happens most often. Always try to be above a bird, or call just enough to let him know your around and then be silent and practice patience as I mentioned above. Patience is the name of the game for this type of hunting.

Turkeys, specifically, eastern wild turkeys are some of the most fun hunts I have ever experienced. I have been burned more times than not, but it makes me a better hunter, and I can share my mistakes with readers. Most importantly have fun. Learn on the go, and work hard at being a better woodsman each time you are out in the woods.

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #35: TURKEY SEASON RECAP WITH GEORGIA AFIELD’S BRIAN GROSSMAN

We talk about the 2019 turkey season both public and private land with Georgia Afield’s Brian Grossman.

On this podcast episode Georgia Afield’s Brian Grossman and I discuss our 2019 turkey season on public and private land. Take a listen and see which camp your season falls into.

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 35

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-35-turkey-season-recap

In this episode we discuss:

    • Turkey season recap
    • Public land turkey hunting
    • Private land turkey hunting
    • Virginia turkey hunting recap
    • Turkey success story in Georgia mountains

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Tennessee Hunter Tags White Turkey

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Another hunter bags a white turkey this season but this time in Tennessee Cameron Bond of Warren County killed a wild white turkey in Rutherford County, Tenn. 258 more words

via Tennessee Hunter Tags White Turkey — Wide Open Spaces

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #29: LIMITED OUT OPENING WEEKEND WITH NICK TALLENT

In this episode of the podcast we talk with hunter Nick Tallent who limited out on turkeys the first weekend in Georgia.

On this podcast I talk with a buddy of mine, Nick Tallent. Nick has been successfully hunting eastern turkeys in south Georgia for many years, and this year is no different. Nick limited out on three old toms the first weekend of the season. We sit down with him and hear his story and what worked in order to bring these birds into range.

We encourage you to listen to the podcast by clicking the link below. If you like the podcast please also take time to subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes by clicking the link below. These positive reviews and subscriptions help us more than you know.

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 29

iTunes link: Episode #29

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-29

In this episode we discuss:

  • Opening day of turkey season
  • One missed shot
  • Two birds down on day two
  • Two birds down on day three last minute
  • Tactics employed
  • Call sequences
  • Run down on what worked and what didn’t opening day in South Georgia

Show Notes: 

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #5: SCOUTLOOK WEATHER AND THE HUNGER WITH JOSH DAHLKE

Today on the show we talk to Josh Dahlke about ScoutLook Weather and The Hunger.

Today on the show we talk with Josh Dahlke who is the Vice President of Operations and Content at Scoutlook Weather as well as the host for The Hunger series. During our conversation we dive into several features that the Scoutlook Weather app has to offer and the benefits for hunters. Josh also takes us on a journey through his series The Hunger that he hosts.

The Hunger

We encourage you to listen to the podcast by clicking the link below. If you like the podcast please also take time to subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes by clicking the link below. These positive reviews and subscriptions help us more than you know.

iTunes link: Episode #5

In this episode we discuss: 

  • All things ScoutLook Weather
  • ScoutLook Weather Update
  • Logging via ScoutLook Weather
  • The Hunger
  • Conquering the World Slam
  • Wild turkey recipes
  • A turkey hunting trip to Mexico
  • And so much more.

Show Notes: 

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #4: JAMES EDMUNDS OF NON TYPICAL OUTDOORS TALKS MANAGING MATURE BUCKS

In this podcast we talk to James Edmunds of Non Typical Outdoors about how he is consistently killing big bucks.

Today on the show we talk with Virginia Delegate and founder of Non Typical Outdoors, James Edmunds.  James and his family are consistently harvesting big deer on their farm in which they have implemented an intensive management plan. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information about deer sanctuaries, creating mineral sites, growing free-range, mature bucks and productive food plot blends.

We encourage you to listen to the podcast by clicking the link below. If you like the podcast please also take time to subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes by clicking the link below. These positive reviews and subscriptions help us more than you know.

iTunes link: Episode #4

In this episode we discuss: 

  • Growing mature bucks
  • Intensive management plan
  • Food plot blends
  • Creating mineral stations
  • Virginia hunter numbers
  • Hound hunting
  • Hunter recruitment

Show Notes: 

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #1: BOW HUNTING TURKEYS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST WITH JORDAN BARNES

On this podcast we talk to avid deer and turkey hunter Jordan Barnes. Jordan is a native to south Georgia. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information for turkey hunting as well as Jordan’s methodology for hunting turkeys across the continental U.S.

We encourage you to listen to the podcast by clicking the link below. If you like the podcast please also take time to subscribe and leave us a review on iTunes by clicking the link below. These positive reviews and subscriptions help us more than you know.

iTunes link: Episode #1

In this episode we discuss: 

  • Jordan’s love for turkey hunting
  • Calling progressions for tough birds
  • Hunting public land turkeys
  • How he hunts without a blind on Close Proximity TV
  • How he hunts turkeys with a bow
  • The different states he will be traveling to hunt birds this spring
  • Successful Georgia hunts this year

Show Notes: 

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  • To watch more of Close Proximity TV’s episodes click this link