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.

WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #3: OUT-OF-STATE HUNTING TIPS AND THE GEORGIA BAITING BILL WITH BOWHUNTING ENTHUSIAST AARON WHITING

In this episode we dive into several topics including out-of-state hunts and the Georgia baiting bill.

On this podcast we talk to bowhunting enthusiast and QDMA Branch President Aaron Whiting. Aaron resides in Georgia and volunteers as president of his local QDMA Branch. In our discussion we dive into lots of great information about successful out-of-state hunts, summer preparation, trail camera tactics and the proposed Georgia baiting bill.

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iTunes link: Episode #3

In this episode we discuss: 

  • Aaron’s successful 2017 deer season for two big bucks
  • The proposed Georgia baiting bill
  • Summer food plot work
  • Mineral Stations
  • Trail camera tactics
  • His work with the Quality Deer Management Association
  • Knocking on doors
  • And much more

Show Notes: 

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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

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Velvet Is Off, Summer Is Over, Now What?

Now that velvet is off of most whitetails it’s time to start getting serious about hunting mature bucks. Here’s how.

By Nathan Unger

Twitter: @Bulldawgoutdoor
Instagram: @Bulldawgoutdoors

Early season is upon us whitetail enthusiasts, and for the most part bucks have rubbed their velvet clean off revealing hardened antlers that they will carry all fall and winter. However, when bucks shed their velvet it’s almost as if they become a whole different animal to hunt. With that in mind, there is good news and bad news.

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Bad News: Bucks seemingly become harder to pattern.

Bucks, for the most part, are no longer on their bed-to-food-only pattern. While some may keep this pattern exclusively many are preparing for the seeking and chasing phase of the rut. They’re looking for does and doe bedding.

Good News: Bucks break off from their summer bachelor groups.

This, in theory, creates a higher chance for you, the hunter, to get a shot at one. While bucks are not rutting yet their testosterone levels are steadily increasing. If you’re like me, hunting a smaller land parcel, the bucks may have been venturing through every couple of days or even every other week. Now that they are broken off the likelihood of you seeing one could be more frequent as they hopefully travel more often.

Bad News: You probably shouldn’t check trail cameras every week.

The more you go check your camera the higher probability of leaving something behind for that mature buck to smell. Eventually, that buck will pattern you and stay clear whenever he gets the slightest glimpse or whiff of you in the woods.

Good News: You increase your odds by not checking trail cameras

By not checking your camera as frequently you are enhancing your odds of running into a mature buck. Even better, if you have the means to purchase a cellular camera you won’t have to defile the area at all.

Bad News: Mature bucks prove why they are mature.

Mature bucks will start to travel less frequently during the day. Why? There are several reasons. Here are a few:

  • They start to feel pressure from hunters
  • Food sources are changing.
  • Habitat and bedding are altering.

Good News: It’s time to start hunting that mature buck

This is why we as hunters do what we love. This is why we hunt. The chase. The camaraderie. The venison. The chess match. This is what brings us back each and every year.

So good luck and good hunting!

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Analyzing Terrain Features on Small Properties

Using terrain features is key on small properties. Knowing how mature bucks are moving will increase your odds of harvesting a mature buck.

By Nathan Unger

Twitter: @Bulldawgoutdoor
Instagram: @Bulldawgoutdoors

Small properties might be some of the most overlooked gems in the deer hunting world. While it’s difficult to keep and sustain mature bucks on the property for any amount of time it can be favorable to pattern them as their passing through.

That being said an ideal parcel will have bedding areas nearby that keep the deer close. Locating these and setting up accordingly could pay big dividends.

Keeping in that in mind, a hunter needs to identify the terrain features that sprinkle the landscape. Okay, so how do we do that?

1.) Scout from an observation stand

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You might have to get creative with this one depending on the layout of your property. Take ample time to observe how the deer utilize the contours of the land to get from point A to point B. One of the small parcels I hunt took me nearly three years to figure out how the deer moved throughout it. Now, that might have been one year too long. I didn’t rigorously hunt this property the first year I had permission to hunt.

This leads me to my next point.

2.) Only hunt optimal conditions

I cannot stress this enough. If you hunt too much or when the wind isn’t in your favor it could mess up your whole season. Deer notice when someone is in their bedroom or trekking through their territory. The last thing you want is to force your only one or two mature bucks to go nocturnal or to shift their core areas.

3.) Enable good entrance and exit routes

Entering and exiting your stand is of the utmost importance. I’m still learning this. If you bump deer going into your stand good luck trying to make amends the rest of the season. Even worse if a mature buck sees AND smells your presence you might as well do one of two things. Hunt only the rut or find a different hunting property. Access is that important and might be the difference in a successful or unsuccessful season.

4.) Identify prime treestand sites

Because you’re hunting a small parcel your stand sites are limited. You have to consider the aforementioned access routes and wind tendencies. Placing a stand in the correct spot will change the game on small acreage. Try to get as a high as possible in your set, yet still staying safe. You might have to go up a hill or climb 5 to 10 more feet vertically. This will give you a better chance of getting above any air current that might be swirling where you are hunting.

Here’s the kicker. A majority of the time in order to be successful on small parcels all of these previously mentioned points must be put into action.

Good luck and good hunting!

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