ATLANTA - A proposed hunting regulation would see the either-sex firearm hunting days in Habersham County decrease from 12 days per year to 8. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division has proposed the change, citing, "Buck harvest rates have declined 32% on public land within these (Dawson, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Stephens, White, Whitfield) counties, despite some reduction in either-sex days. 2018 data collected on public and private land indicate that fawn survival is very low at 23%. Due to the significant interspersion of public and private lands in this region of the state, reductions in female harvest are required to stabilize harvest and facilitate population increase."
In previous years, Habersham and the other counties listed were able to begin either-sex hunting in October with 4-7 days each year coming that early. The current proposal would not allow any either-sex firearm hunting at all in the month of October, and would only be legal during the week of Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2019 and on Jan. 1, 2020, with the same pattern for the 2020-2021 hunting season as well.
This will not change any regulations for antlered buck hunting in the county, as that season will still start Oct. 19, running through Jan. 12, 2020.
For a full list of the proposed changes, click here.