Georgia – Habitat Helps Bobs
Forecast: Generally speaking, Georgia received adequate rainfall during the growing season, providing adequate cover conditions for those lands under bobwhite habitat management, reports Reggie Thackston, private lands program manager with the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division. As with most states this year, the mild weather on appropriate habitat will provide a good hunting outlook across large landscapes being intentionally managed for bobwhites.
Before hunting on public lands during quota hunting, specifically DiLane Wildlife Management Area (WMA), hunters must apply for a permit as detailed in Georgia Hunting Regulations at Go Hunt Georgia. Silver Lake WMA is also recommended as a viable option for decent quail hunting
If you choose to hunt private quail habitat, the best chances will be on farms and forest lands in the southern half of the state being being intentionally managed for bobwhites, but as a reminder hunting is available only through leases, fees or by landowner permission.Season Dates: November 17, 2012 through February 28, 2013
Daily Bag Limit:12 per person per day; except on WMA quota hunts where limits are reduced – see hunting regulations
Possession Limit: 24 after the first day
Field Notes: Georgia Wildlife Resources Division is working on a bobwhite restoration plan that is part of the ongoing National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. The plan will target habitat restoration into spatially explicit landscapes that are distributed across parts of 69 central and southern Georgia counties.
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