Lee County- Georgia hunters are excited. It's time to dust off the shotguns and start practicing with the bow. Fall hunting season starts up this weekend.
Dove season begins Saturday everywhere in the state north of U. S. Highway 280. Then in one more week, Deer season begins for archery hunters. Many South Georgians are "fired up" for the return of hunting season.
Billy Goodson sighting in his bow. He is practicing for the start of hunting season. Goodson said "Just being in nature. Being out there in the woods with the deer that close to you, even if you don't take the shot." Archery deer hunting season opens September 14th. Bow hunters getting in practice shots at Solo Archery. Many South Georgia hunters can't wait.
Evy Sifford said "My birthday is September 15th, and I will be out the second day of opening, most definitely."
Saturday at noon, dove season begins in the Northern Zone. That is anything north of Highway 280. Dove are one of the most challenging small game birds. It's a traditional start of the hunting season that lets Georgians back outdoors. Goodson said "I am very excited."
Then in another week, it's archery deer hunting season opening day. The limit is 12 deer again this year, 10 does and 2 bucks. State officials expect another banner deer season.
Wildlife biologist Steve Ruckel said "There were 41 bucks that made it in the Polk and Young Record Book for big deer killed with bows. That was a pretty exciting year, and I think that kind of thing is expected again."
Department of Natural Resources officials are stressing safety again this hunting season. Ruckel said "Snakes are still crawling and most dove hunters are aware of that and take precautions. With the West Nile virus issue out, they should prepare themselves with mosquito repellent."
The Bag limit for Dove hunters is 12 per day, with 24 in possession. The biggest change in state rules this deer hunting season, cross bows will be legal throughout the state.