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I moved here with my wife 3 years ago to take a job as a Department of the Army civilian. I've always love shooting, and sometimes hunting, and will for many years.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
Sounds like you are in a great place for hunting and shooting!
Not if you like hunting deer. Southern deer are the size of dogs. We are originally from Ohio were they are a bit larger. Target shooting is a bit better. There is an outdoor pistol, shotgun, and bow range on Post and an indoor pistol and subgun range off Post who's owners also have a 500 yard outdoor range. Life is good.
 

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Welcome! :D
 

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Chuck, welcome aboard. I like your style.
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Not if you like hunting deer. Southern deer are the size of dogs. We are originally from Ohio were they are a bit larger. Target shooting is a bit better. There is an outdoor pistol, shotgun, and bow range on Post and an indoor pistol and subgun range off Post who's owners also have a 500 yard outdoor range. Life is good.
You might be surprised. Back years ago deer numbers were really low and a large number of deer from Wisconsin were imported into Georgia. The deer in Georgia are a good bit bigger than most of the states surrounding it. They aren't quite as big as up north, since they have been bred down. Where I live your average spike buck weighs 140lbs or so and mature bucks average around 200lbs. My dad has 4 bucks on his wall that were over 200lbs with the highest being 265lbs. Hell, our average does are bigger than a good-sized Florida buck.
 

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You might be surprised. Back years ago deer numbers were really low and a large number of deer from Wisconsin were imported into Georgia. The deer in Georgia are a good bit bigger than most of the states surrounding it. They aren't quite as big as up north, since they have been bred down. Where I live your average spike buck weighs 140lbs or so and mature bucks average around 200lbs. My dad has 4 bucks on his wall that were over 200lbs with the highest being 265lbs. Hell, our average does are bigger than a good-sized Florida buck.
Most impressive but the ones I see running on Fort Stewart are the size of dogs. Maybe Uncle Sam has the big ones declared as enemy combatants and has them shipped off to an undisclosed location. :p
 

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Not if you like hunting deer. Southern deer are the size of dogs.
I'm from SW Mississippi and I'll agree that our deer are smaller than northern deer; however, I disagree with your statement that they are the size of dogs. Now, either you folks up north have some pretty big dogs :D or what you have been seeing are yearlings.

I found the following on Georgia's Wildlife and Fisheries site: "Georgia's firearms hunting season opens statewide on Oct. 16 with a 12-deer limit, only two of which may be antlered. Heading into this season, hunters should be pleased to learn that the deer population is estimated at 1.2 to 1.3 million animals. The season runs through Jan. 1 in the Northern Zone and through Jan. 9 in the Southern Zone. From the looks of things, it will be another good year for Georgia deer hunters."

A twelve deer limit tells me that Georgia may have an overpopulation problem and that will certainly result in smaller deer. If you are on a military installation, hunting is probably restricted or prohibited resulting in a severe overpopulation problem in that area. It never ceases to amaze me how deer find those safe areas so quickly and seem to understand the bounderies of those areas. Our club has an old dairy barn next to a club members house that is used as a sign in and sign out point. One of the largest bucks ever sign on our lease bedded in a pine thicket within 50-75 yards of that man's house for years and never moved until after dark. Several club members saw him after shooting hours. If we attempted to jump him, he always headed straight for that house and always managed to escape. He was finally killed during the rut and weighed 238 lbs. which is a nice southern buck. I know we had a similiar situation here in SW Mississippi about 15-29 years ago. At that time it wasn't unusual to see 20-25 does in one afternoon. Then the Wildlife and Fisheries folks started to encourage the killing of more does and even opened up more areas to unlimited doe hunting. This has made for a vast improvement not only in deer body weight but the quality of the mature bucks killed.

Anyway, welcome to the forum and I wish you luck during deer season. If nothing else, with a limit like that you should fill your freezer with deer sausage.
 

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It never ceases to amaze me how deer find those safe areas so quickly and seem to understand the bounderies of those areas. Our club has an old dairy barn next to a club members house that is used as a sign in and sign out point. One of the largest bucks ever sign on our lease bedded in a pine thicket within 50-75 yards of that man's house for years and never moved until after dark. Several club members saw him after shooting hours. If we attempted to jump him, he always headed straight for that house and always managed to escape.
The first time I hunted was when Uncle Sam had me in Wyoming in the mid-80s. The same thing happened. We came to the conclusion that the deer had a copy of the Wyoming hunting laws readily accessible.
 

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The problem with Georgia isn't so much with the number. It's more with the land available. The population of Georgia has exploded in the last few years and so many rich boys were complaining about deer eating their flowers that they raised the limit to 12.
 

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The problem with Georgia isn't so much with the number. It's more with the land available. The population of Georgia has exploded in the last few years and so many rich boys were complaining about deer eating their flowers that they raised the limit to 12.
Ya just gotta love those "rich boys", most of them Yankees.
 
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