“Most of our hunts are not quota [based], meaning you just go check in or sign in as regulations require. Some that are bad to get crowded we’ve got quotas on, so you’ve got to apply by Sep. 1 so we can get the drawings done and let people know they were drawn for the hunt,” Chuck Waters, regional supervisor with Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.
According to a press release from Melissa Cummings, DNR Communications/Outreach Specialist, “A quota hunt is a hunt that allows a predetermined number of hunters to participate. Wildlife officials say a quota is used to conserve wildlife and their habitats, while providing a high-quality hunting experience and maintaining a high level of safety.”
Waters said hunters can apply for the drawing as individuals or as groups of four.
As hunters prepare for the upcoming season, Waters said the DNR continues to encourage safety.
“If you were born after Jan. 1, 1961, you have to take a hunters’ education course prior to being able to buy a hunting license and that’s to hunt period, regardless if it’s a quota hunt or just hunting on land you’ve leased,” Waters said.
He said despite publicized injuries due to the use of firearms while hunting, there are less injuries during the seasons compared to other sports.
“[Injuries] are really infrequent stacked up to soccer and football — [hunting] is really safer than most popular sports,” Waters said. “Very few injuries are reported and most of those are, based on my experience, tree stand-related and self-inflicted types of injuries where people either [get injured because of] faulty equipment or faulty knowledge.”
Officials say interested hunters need to complete an online application, available at www.georgiawildlife.com.