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.

5 Practices for Hunters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of all the chaos and self-quarantining hunters still have the ability to be productive. I am a strong believer that preparation will lead to success when hunting. Many times I find myself itching for opening day only to realize I left a bow hanger or forgot to refill my Thermacell. During this season of social distancing why not get ready for deer and turkey season? Here are five practices for hunters during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shoot Your Bow

I feel like one can never practice with their archery tackle too much. There’s no better time than now to pull out your bow and shoot some arrows. Maybe you need to tune it up after a long season, or maybe you just need some repetition to get more comfortable with you gear. Whatever the case may be, maximize the down time. If you feel like you are competent enough try shooting at greater distances or elevating your heart rate while shooting to make it a real-life scenario.

Share Venison

First, let me preface this by saying obey all local, state and federal laws before sharing venison. Most places currently are limiting groups to no more than 10 people. What better time to get someone hooked on venison then right now when grocery stores are swamped and supplies are limited? Not only is this a good way to bring someone into the hunting fold, but it is also an avenue to be a good neighbor. Share a roast, ground or even a back strap.

Practice Hang-and-Hunts

Now is a good time, if you are not already, to get good with your hang-and-hunt systems. Whether you are testing out a new saddle or a classic lock-on stand, there is no better time to get comfortable and confident with your run-n-gun gear. I recognize not everyone has trees readily available in their yard. However, you are able to fine-tune your gear or even head to public land and practice there as well.

Pattern Your Shotgun

Turkey season is quickly approaching, and as of right now hunters are still able to participate in most places. If you have a place to pattern your gun take advantage of the time practicing at different distances. Get confident with which distances you feel like you can harvest a turkey. Once again preparation will only make you a better hunter, and it might just be the difference between a bird on the ground and a bird flying out of your life forever.

Try a New Recipe

If your freezer is stocked with wild game from this past winter experiment with a new recipe. Wild game is a great source of protein, and you know where it comes from unlike most meats at big box retail stores. No need to worry about the meat aisle emptying when your freezer is full of venison or waterfowl. I personally will be trying my hand at cooking duck breasts for the first time this spring.

Naturally the point of all this is to be productive and to become a better hunter or steward of our wild game and resources. Teach somebody else. Take someone hunting. Share venison. Don’t waste time binge watching television while the opportunity to be a better hunter and recruit new hunters is at our fingertips.

#47: Bear Biology and Behavior with State Project Leader Adam Hammond

In this episode we discuss bear biology and bear hunting as another big game species in the South.

On this podcast episode I’m joined by Georgia Bear Project Leader Adam Hammond. We discuss bear biology 101, bear behavior, bear diet and bear research. This is a very interesting episode about one of the Appalachians’ big game animals.

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 PodcastiTunes link: Episode #47

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-47-bear-biology

In this episode we discuss:

    • Bear Biology 101
    • Bear hibernating habits
    • Bear feeding habits
    • The three distinct Georgia populations
    • Bear collaring research
    • Results of Georgia bear with dogs
    • Acorn surveys
    • Bear habitat
    • And much more.

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast #46: Why HuntStand is a Great Resource for Hunters With Lanford Holloway

In this episode we discuss everything there is to know about the HuntStand application.

On this podcast episode I’m joined by Lanford Holloway the CEO of the HuntStand application. We break down how the HuntStand application can lead to better hunting opportunities, and how it can make you a more resourceful hunter.

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 HuntStand

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-46-huntstand

In this episode we discuss:

    • Everything About HuntStand App.
    • HuntZone.
    • Parcel Data.
    • 3D Mapping
    • How to find new hunting opportunities.
    • Hunting Lands and Public Lands
    • How the app can help find land for sale.
    • Weather and Solunar information.
    • How HuntStand can help compile trail camera data.
    • And much more.

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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.

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 #44

Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast Episode 44

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-44-late-season-tactics

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.

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

iTunes link: Episode #43

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-43-rut-update

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 #42: Public Land Bear Hunting, Plans for the Rut and Mentoring New Hunters

In this episode we discuss our DIY black bear hunt, our plans to hunt the rut, and my experience mentoring a new hunter.

On this podcast episode Daniel and I break down our public land bear hunting trip as well as what we have planned for hunting the rut. We also discuss what it’s like to mentor a new hunter and some of the common questions new hunters may have when getting started.

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Whitetail Guru Hunting Podcast

iTunes link: Episode #42

https://soundcloud.com/john-holcomb-99649240/whitetail-guru-hunting-podcast-episode-42

In this episode we discuss:

    • North Georgia DIY black bear hunt
    • Scouting black bears
    • Summer scouting
    • Rut hunting plans
    • Mentoring a new hunter
    • #mentor2hunt
    • Field to Fork

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