Archery deer season is underway in Georgia.
It started on Saturday.
Last year, 113,566 archery hunters harvested more than 60,190 deer.
Statewide archery season runs through October 11, although hunters may hunt deer with archery equipment through the entire deer season, which ends January 1 in north Georgia.
According to the Georgia DNR, the number of firearms either-sex days is reduced in most counties beginning this season.
Officials said that a few factors went into this decision, including the decline in the number of fawns that survive into fall and an increase in doe harvest rates. These factors warranted regulatory changes to reduce the doe harvest.
Also, DNR officials said many public lands offer specialty hunts, including primitive weapons hunts, adult/child hunts and ladies-only hunts.
Dates and locations for these hunts are listed in the 2013-2014 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide.
In addition, Georgia offers more than 90 state-operated wildlife management areas, or WMAs, for the public’s use.
State-managed public hunting lands are funded through a combination of state license fees and matching federal funds from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ Wildlife Restoration Program.
According to officials, hunters account for $977 million in retail sales in Georgia each year with a $1.6 billion ripple effect and almost 24,000 jobs.
Hunters are allowed a season bag limit of 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer, with one of the two antlered deer having to have a minimum of four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers.
To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, big game license and a current deer harvest record. If hunting on a WMA, a WMA license is required.
Licenses can be purchased online at www.gohuntgeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent.
For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting.