The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division is reminding Georgia's more than 300,000 hunters about some regulation changes affecting white-tailed deer.
During the period of December 1-25, 2013, hunters are being urged to make note of the following regulations:
Archery equipment may be used for either sex statewide.
Firearms and primitive weapons may be used for deer of either sex in counties with antler restrictions (including Dooly, Hancock, Harris, Macon, Meriwether, Montgomery, Randolph, Talbot, and Troup Counties) and certain metro-Atlanta counties (including Forsyth north of Ga. Hwy. 20, Fulton south of GA Hwy 92, Gwinnett, and Rockdale).
Archery, shotguns and muzzleloading firearms may be used for deer of either sex in that portion of Forsyth County lying south of GA Hwy 20.
Hunters using firearms or muzzleloaders in areas not detailed above may take bucks only.
Hunters account for $977 million in retail sales in Georgia each year with a $1.6 billion ripple effect and almost 24,000 jobs.