2017 Georgia Deer Forecast
September 20, 2017
The coming of deer season has a profound effect on Georgia hunters. As the opener gets closer, two specific questions are likely to come from this group.
The first is, of course, how is this year's hunting going to be? That's followed closely by, what are the prospects of putting some venison in the larder?
Barring years with major droughts or serious widespread flooding, most wildlife biologists will hedge all bets when making predictions. No one can tell for sure what the fall and winter will bring in the way of careless or wary whitetails.
However, past performance at least provides some indicators of what can happen. Harvest numbers over long periods in the Peach State pretty much explain where most deer are killed. Game managers typically look at trends, rather than short-term predictions, especially considering the many factors that play into deer management.
GEORGIA GAME CHECK
One clue to where to bag a deer this coming season is information on where the top spots were last season. Where there are lots of whitetails, it's usually because the habitat is sound, so that region should continue to produce plenty of animals.
Fortunately, the ability of Georgia hunters to access such information has gotten easier since last year. The 2016 season saw the Wildlife Resources Division going live with the Georgia Game Check program, which collects information on harvests. Best of all, that data is available to game managers and hunters.