In Georgia, primitive weapons deer season runs from Oct. 14 to Jan. 14. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, 42,000 hunters with muzzleloaders took to the woods last year, bringing in almost 6,000 deer.

The primitive weapons season gets a one-week head start on the regular firearms season, which begins Oct. 21 and also runs until Jan. 14.

“The primitive weapons season is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the woods before the busy firearms season starts,” Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with Wildlife Resources Division game management, said in a prepared statement.

He also reminded hunters to report their harvests through Georgia game check on the Outdoors Georgia app (which works even without cell service), at or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

During the primitive weapons season, hunters are allowed to use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns (20-gauge and larger) and muzzleloading firearms (.44-caliber or larger). Youth under 16 may use any legal deer firearm for hunting deer, including during any wildlife management area primitive weapons hunts.

Hunters can see opportunities for either-sex deer hunting on a per-county basis by checking out an interactive map here.

All deer hunters in Georgia, including archers, are required to wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during primitive weapons season. Deer hunters must also have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. Licenses can be obtained online here, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (find an agent here).

A white-tailed deer. (Photo: Steve Kyles, Georgia Department of Natural Resources)

Hunters in Georgia have access to over a million acres of public hunting land, including more than 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. Many areas offer special hunts, including primitive weapons hunts, throughout the season.

For more information about deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, click here.