GEORGIA

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Last year's Peach State buck harvest was down an eye-opening 22 percent. But over the long term, that likely bodes well for quality buck hunting, according to biologist Nick Nicholson. The buck regulation mandates that at least one of two bucks collected each fall have a minimum four points on one side. The other buck can be a smaller animal. Yet the deer take in Georgia is still high (437,000 deer taken by 545,000 hunters) because the season bag limit includes 10 antlerless deer in addition to two bucks. Normal rainfall this spring and summer have produced good habitat and will have deer in excellent condition this fall. Contact: Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (770-918-6416; http://georgiawild life.dnr.state.ga.us).