Deer Hunting Buddy Public Hunting

Well I just had to share this video with everyone. I think I got a new deer hunting buddy.

Deer Hunting Buddy

deer hunting buddy

This is my new deer hunting buddy.

My three year old son Noah and I went down to camp to get my portable stands out of the woods, and we had a great time. We had a blast even though we didn’t see any. It’s the first time I have taken him to the woods with me and I enjoyed every second of it. We had to walk a pretty good way to the stand and he stuck right there with me. We even saw a big bucks tracks. He wanted me to carry him through the woods when it got kind of thick. I have always wanted to have a son to take deer hunting. And I can’t wait until my two boys get big enough to take them deer hunting with me. That is if they want to, I wont push it on them but will take them if they show an interest when they get big enough to go. I think they will both enjoy hunting and the great outdoors as much as their daddy does. My oldest has already asked when I was going to take him with me.

National forest

There are some great public hunting hunting places in Georgia.

I did a post on some public hunting land here in Georgia that is still open to get in  some late season whitetail action. And it looks like I am going to try out one before the season ends. We had planned on going to Illinois but our schedules just aren’t working out to be able to do it. So we are switching to plan B and are going to try to do some public hunting in Georgia. Hopefully we will get some good action on film to share with everyone. I sure would like to be able to go  one more time this year but Georgia offers some great late season bow hunting on public land as well. Maybe we will get lucky and see some big bucks. I wanted to remind everyone to take a child  and get them involved in the great outdoors and you will make memories that you and them will cherish forever.

North Closes Headed South Hunting

south hunting public hunt

There are many places to head south hunting before deer season closes January 15,2009 in Georgia.

Well, the Northern zone has closed here in Georgia but there are still some options available  to do some late season hunts. You can still head head south hunting.

South Hunting

The southern zone is open until January 15, and are still some options available to do some public hunting.There are still many public hunting opportunitys available to do some last minute public hunting. There are some great places open to public hunting if you want to head south hunting and get in some last minute deer hunting. Looking at the regulations I see several places that are open to public hunting. I counted 28 places open to public hunting until January 15 if you want to head south hunting.

Here is the list I came up with in alphabetical order. I hope I didn’t miss any. Looks like there are some great options still out there. Look how many acres are still open, I bet there is little pressure this time of year.

  1. ALBANY NURSERY WMA (300 ac.) Deer-Archery (either sex Dec. 13 -Jan. 15: Sign-IN
  2. ALEXANDER WMA (1300 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept 13- Jan.15: Sign-IN.
  3. BULLARD CREEK WMA(13,900 ac.) Ocmulgee Tract open for Archery deer hunting only: Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  4. CHICKASAWHATCHEE WMA (19,700ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex) Dec.29-Jan. 15; Sign In.
  5. DOERUN PITCHERPLANT BOG NATURAL AREA (600 ac.) Deer-Archery (Either Sex): Nov. 1-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  6. ELMODEL WMA (1600 ac.) Deer-Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  7. FALL LINE SANDHILLS NA (876 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  8. FLAT TUB WMA (3,597 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex):Dec 27-Jan. 11; Sign-In.
  9. HANNAHATCHEE WMA (5,600 ac.) Firearms (Bucks Only): Dec.22-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  10. HILTONIA TRACT (500 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In. Primitive Weapons (Either Sex): Nov. 8-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  11. J.L. LESTER WMA (477 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Dec. 24-Jan. 7; Sign-In.
  12. LAKE BURTON WMA (CHATTAHOOCHEE NF) (12,600 ac.) Deer & Bear-Archery (Either Sex & Bear): Jan. 3-10; Sign-In.
  13. LAKE SEMINOLE WMA (15,680 ac.) Firearms (Bucks Only): Dec. 22-Jan. 15.
  14. LAKE WALTER F. GEORGE WMA (1,800ac.) Deer Achery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15.
  15. LITTLE SATILLA WMA (18,920 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex): Oct. 18-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  16. MAYHAW WMA (4,700 ac.) Firearms (Buck Only) Jan. 5-15; Sign-In.
  17. MEAD FARM (200 ac.) Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  18. MONTEZUMA BLUFFS NATURAL AREA (500 ac.)Deer Archery (Quality Buck & Antlerless): Nov. 1-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  19. OHOOPEE DUNES NATURAL AREA (2500 ac.)Deer Archery (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan.15; Sign-In.
  20. PAULKS PASTURE WMA (16,600 ac.) Deer Achery (Either Sex): Archery Only Area (Either Sex): Sept 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In
  21. PENHOLOWAY SWAMP WMA (4,269 ac.) Deer Achery (Either Sex): Dec. 8-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  22. RICHMOND HILL WMA (7,400 ac.) Archery Only Areas Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  23. SANSAVILLA WMA (16,867 ac.) Archery Only Areas (Either Sex): Sept. 13-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  24. SAPELO ISLAND WMA (9,000 ac.)Deer Archery (Either Sex): North End-Dec. 15-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  25. SILVER LAKE WMA (9,200 ac.) Firearms (Buck only): Jan. 7-15; Sign-In.
  26. TOWNSEND WMA (10,876 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex): Oct. 18-Jan. 15; Sign-In.
  27. TUCKAHOE WMA (15,100 ac.) Firearms (Either Sex): General Hunting Jan. 8-10; Sign-In.
  28. WARWOMAN WMA (CHATTAHOOCHEE NF) (15,800 ac.) Deer & Bear-Archery (Either Sex & Bear): Jan. 9-11; Check-In.

Please be sure to check the regulations for yourself, before you go.

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Public Hunting Whitetail Rut

Illinois Buck

This deer was harvested during the whitetail rut.

10 point buck whitetail rut

Southern Illinois 10 pointer harvested in the 2008 whitetail rut.

I have been on several  Wildlife Management Areas that offer great public hunting. Just about all of them were in Georgia. But there are many great places all over the country. Check out the link below for a great article on some awesome places to hunt on Wildlife Management areas. Some of them you are able to hunt smack dab in the middle of the whitetail rut.

Whitetail Rut

Public hunting during the whitetail rut can be action packed and might make for some great deer hunting.

full draw

This bow hunter takes advantage of some great public hunting by bow hunting in Illinois

At the end of last deer season some buddies and I started thinking about this deer season and we decided to do some public hunting. We planed a trip to go bow hunting in Illinois. I told my buddy to count me in when he first told me they were going. I had always dreamed about going on a trip like this. So I started preparing right away. I practiced like crazy all summer long with my bow. I replayed the scenario in my head over and over, drawing my bow at just the right moment and making a good clean shot on a big brute. And as we planned it we were trying to time it with the whitetail rut. When we arrived the weather was very warm and the big boys were laying low.The timing was a little bit early although the deer were starting to chase, but the first few days we just weren’t seeing the big bucks. But a cold front moved in on the last couple of days and the action was intense. My buddy saw ten big bucks chasing does but the big boy that presented him a shot was broken off just above his G1 on one side. He let him cruise by at about twelve yards. The next morning was cold and man I was pumped. I was bow hunting in Illinois and all the conditions were perfect.  I was able to rattle in a big ten pointer and my PSE Stinger put him down for the count. And this was on land open to anyone with a license. I would definitely recommend bow hunting in Illinois.

There are many great opportunities out there, to harvest some very nice monster big boys on land that is open to anyone in just about every state. We had to pay for a license and a room and food and gas. It wasn’t cheap but it was very reasonable for someone wanting a chance to bag a trophy buck.

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