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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson e 0 o 0 or the majority of Monroe County hunters, all of the various seasons that have already opened are but a prelude to the main event--the Firearms Deer Hunting Season. 1his year opening day falls on Saturday, Oct. 20. The season extends all the way through Jan. 13. To the delight of deer hunters of all ages, this marathon pro- vides them with 85 days of deer hunting. During the first 14 days of the season, Oct. 20 ! through Nov. 2) hunters can bag TERRY only antlered bucks. Then, for the remaining 71 days of the 2018-19 Firearms Deer Hunting Season, deer of either sex are legal game. The season bag limit is set at 12 deer. However, keep in mind only two of these can be antlered. In addi- tion, one of these bucks must sport at least four po'mts, one inch or longer, on one side of its antlers. It is important to remember that during the buck-only phase of the season, the only bucks that can legally harvested must possess antlers visible above the hairline. Two common ways deer hunters run afoul of the law is improperly removing the head of a deer and transporting a deer bagged by another hunter. As such, once you have shot a deer, be mindful it is unlawful to remove its head W. JOHNSONuntil the animal is processed or surrendered to a storage facility for storage or processing. In addition, ffyou are transporting a deer bagged by another hunter, it is your responsibility to possess, in writing, the following information regarding the hunter that harvested the Purchase Your Bi The only cooker you'll ever need! Stay Cool & Refreshed with CooJersp Cups & Accessories! Locally Owned & Operated by David White 45 West Johnston Street. GA 31029 deer: the person's name, address, telephone number, hunting license number, and Game Check confir- marion number. If you plan on hunting on the nearby Oconee Nation- al Forest, here are the dates the forest will be open for deer hunting: Buck Only - October I through Novem- ber 2, November 5 through 23, November 26 through December 2, and Decem- ber 31 through January 13; and Either Sex - November 3 through 4, November 24 and 25, and December 26 through 30. Although you will not be able to hunt deer on the Rum Creek Wildlife Man- agement Area unless you were previously selected to participate in the areas firearms deer hunt, there are two other wildlife man- agement areas located short distances from Monroe County you might want to try. Two hunts will be held on the Cedar Creek WMA. The first hunt is r I I I I L O O i i m man i i i i nli COUPON Ammo & Accessories I Expires January 15, 2019 Handguns Rifles Shoguns Gunsmith Services BUY SALE TRADE New & Used Firearms/Accessories Laura Giles, Owner John Gay, Gunsmith 564 North Lee Street. Forsyth, GA 31029 (478) 992-9009 Hours: Tues - Sat lOam - 5pm [ Home of "3G" GUYS, GALS & GUNS ] A hunter shows his first whitetail deer bow kill. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division) a Buck Only event slated for November 26 through December 9. The second is a Buck Only/Either Sex Last Day hunt that will take place Nov. 8-10. Two Quality Buck and Anflerless Last Day hunts ing regulations this year relates to baiting. Begin- ning this season hunting deer over bait will be legal throughout the entire state except on state or federally managed lands. Up until now, baiting has only been legal in the southern part of the state. In addition, if you hunt deer over bait on private land, you must have writ- ten permission from the landowner to do so. In years past, those caught hunting deer over bait in Monroe County and the rest of the counties in the northern half of the state were subject to a fine of $5,000 and/or up to one year in jail. Generations of Monroe County deer hunters have spent their entire lives successfully hunting deer without bait. As such, even though it is now legal, sportsmen and women do not plan on hunting over bait this season. It will be interesting to see how many local hunters decide will be held on the Big Laz- to adopt this controversial er Creek WMA October 18 practice. through 20 and November 8 through 10, respectively. For information regard- ing regarding deer hunting regulations and directions to these and other public lands open for firearms deer hunting, consult the 2018-19 edition of the Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide. The most significant change in the deer hunt- What will you do? Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors'for the Reporter for many years. Email him at woodduck@