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.

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.

[Video] 2019 Georgia Deer Hunting Season: 5 1/2-Year Old Buck Falls

Here’s the story of the three journey of a buck I call “Car-Jacker.”

2019 Georgia Deer Hunting Vlog: I catch up with a 5 1/2-year old known as “Car-Jacker.”

This story started at least three years ago when this buck showed up on my trail camera looking a little gimpy. After watching him over the years I knew he was a resilient animal. After seeing him for the first time on the small 10-acre parcel I hunt I dropped for a conclusion to the story.

This buck had a broken leg which undoubtedly affected his antlers in 2017 (see video). Additionally, he had a sore on his leg which made it seem like he drug his leg whenever he walked. He also had a split ear and a bare spot on the back of his heel. This buck was truly a warrior. I’m thankful I got to punch my tag on him. Through jawbone analysis we aged him at 5 1/2-years old. He had 6-inch bases and 10 scoreable points.

This is the three year journey of “Car-Jacker.”

 

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast #45: Tagged Out! Two Late Season November Bucks.

On this podcast episode we break down a four-year quest for a 5 1/2-year old buck I refer to as car-jacker. I also tagged out in late November in less than two weeks. We break down how all this happened and more on this episode!

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 45

iTunes link: Episode #45

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 45

In this episode we discuss:

    • Rut hunting updates
    • Two Successful Buck Hunts
    • A 5 1/2-year old buck
    • North Georgia buck
    • Late season tactics
    • Trail Camera Tactics
    • Hunting food sources

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast #44: (Part 2) Rut Update, Lockdown, Late Season Tactics

Learn how to approach the late season with these tactics we discuss.

On this podcast mini-sode we break down our rut hunts as well as my late season tactics that we’ll implement over the next few weeks. This is a short segment detailing with what we’ve been seeing in the woods. Though it may not necessarily be the same in your region hopefully some of these ideas will make something click for you as the hunter to have success this season.

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iTunes link: Episode #44

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 44

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In this episode we discuss:

    • Rut hunting updates
    • Weather fronts
    • Lock-down phase
    • Late season tactics
    • Buck movement
    • Time in the stand
    • Hunting food sources
    • Hunting edges and transitions

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast #43: Pre-Rut Recap and Rut Activity Update

On this podcast mini-sode I break down my pre-rut hunts as well as my rut hunts over the last few weeks. This is a short segment detailing what I’ve been seeing. Though it may not necessarily be the same in your region hopefully some of these ideas will make something click for you as the hunter to have success this season.

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast

iTunes link: Episode #43

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In this episode I discuss:

    • Pre-Rut Recap
    • Weather fronts
    • Lock-down phase
    • North Georgia rut hunt
    • Buck movement
    • Time in the stand
    • Free turkey

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #21: Kentucky Public Land And Late Season Tactics With Jordan Barnes

In this episode of the Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast I talk with Jordan Barnes about hunting public land in Kentucky.

On the latest episode of the Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast we talk with our first repeat guest, Jordan Barnes. We first talked with Jordan on episode one about spring turkey hunting. If you would like to check out that episode you can click here. However, in this episode we dive into public land hunting the Bluegrass State of Kentucky. Jordan made several trips of to Kentucky to chase whitetails during late summer and fall. He gives us the low-down on what he discovered.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Hunting public land in Kentucky
  • Obstacles of hunting out-of-state public ground
  • Scouting public land from out-of-state
  • Late summer/early fall food sources
  • Georgia private and public land success
  • Late season hunting tactics
  • Late season food sources
  • Our all new Whitetail Rally Round©

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #17: DEER MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS WITH DEER BIOLOGIST CHARLIE KILLMASTER

In this episode we dive into deer biology with deer biologist Charlie Killmaster.

Today on the podcast I talk with State Deer Biologist Charlie Killmaster. Killmaster works under the Game Management Section of the Wildlife Resources Division in the state of Georgia. With over a decade of experience, Killmaster dives into disease vectors, deer management assistance programs and population trends throughout the state.

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast

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In this episode we discuss:

  • State Deer Biology
  • Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP)
  • Disease Surveillance
  • EHD this year in the deer populations
  • EHD versus CWD
  • Game check and bag limits
  • How genetics play a role in the rut
  • Elk hunting in Colorado
  • Hunting Sambar deer in Florida
  • Various venison recipes

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #16: DEERLAB WITH JON LIVINGSTON

In this episode we dive into the advantages of using DeerLab and how it will help narrow down deer patterns for hunters.

Today on the podcast I talk with Jon Livingston, co-founder of DeerLab. DeerLab is cutting edge technology that conglomerates your trail camera photos and shoots out relevant data to give the hunter a broader picture of deer patterns. DeerLab is used for overall populations and/or tracking mature bucks. In this episode we discuss the advantages that DeerLab has to offer.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Everything DeerLab
  • It’s inception
  • Advantages for hunters
  • Facial recognition
  • The different uses for DeerLab
  • Different factors that DeerLab offers
  • Weather, moon and wind factors
  • Co-ops using DeerLab
  • Camera sites and properties
  • And so much more

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WHITETAIL GURU HUNTING PODCAST #14: PREPARING A DEER FOR THE TAXIDERMY AND PROCESSOR WITH WAYNE KELLY

Today on the podcast we sit down with Wayne Kelly to talk about how to best prepare your harvest for the taxidermy and processing.

Today on the podcast we talk with Wayne Kelly, a local taxidermist in Georgia. Wayne is a licensed taxidermist out of Stockbridge, Georgia with over 32 years of experience. He is also featured in McKenzie Taxidermy Supply. In this episode we discuss preserving your harvest in the southern heat to keep it from spoiling. He also gives a lot of advice, tips and tricks on how to properly care for your deer after the harvest to ensure the best mount and processing possible.

*We didn’t get to this in the podcast, but if you harvest a velvet buck and want to mount it, the quicker you can get it to a taxidermist the better. If not freeze the antlers or keep it cool until you can do so.

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iTunes link: Episode #14

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In this episode we discuss:

  • Preserving a deer in the heat
  • How to properly dress your deer for a mount
  • Maintaining a mount’s hide annually
  • Common mistakes all hunters make
  • How to care for your mount before taking it to the taxidermy
  • Properly and legally transporting deer from one state to another
  • Creating a game plan with your taxidermist to mount your game
  • Is road kill really edible?
  • And so much more

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