Georgia – Habitat Helps Bobs Weather Drought

Forecast: Even though there was a severe drought starting in spring that lasted until mid-summer, the outlook for Georgia bobs is fair-to-good in the large landscapes that still hold high quality quail habitat, reports Reggie Thackston, private lands program manager with the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division. Before hunting on public lands during quota hunting, specifically DiLane and Albany Nursery WMAs, hunters must apply for a permit as detailed in Georgia Hunting Regulations at Go Hunt Georgia. Silver Lake, River Creek and Clark Hill WMAs are also recommended. If you choose to hunt private quail habitat, the best chances will be farms and forest lands in the southern half of the state that are being intentionally managed for bobwhites, but as a reminder hunting is available only through leases, fees or by landowner permission.

Season Dates: November 12, 2011 through February 29, 2012
Daily Bag Limit: 12
Possession Limit: N/A
Field Notes: Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division is in the process of finalizing the state step-down plan for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. Restoration efforts will be focused on large landscapes located primarily in parts of 69 Upper Coastal Plain Counties in southern Georgia.

Editor’s Note: Fall covey counts will be conducted in late October on selected areas. Check with the Georgia DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division for more information.

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