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2017 Islands Deer Hunt

The Islands Deer Hunt at Lake Lanier is an archery-only hunt held on 18 specified islands and 3 peninsulas. The 21 hunting areas range in size from 10 acres to 149 acres for a total of 1,100 acres.  This year’s hunts are scheduled for Nov. 9-12; Nov. 23-26; and Dec. 7-10. 

Hunting areas are typically accessible by boat only.  The limit is one deer per day, per hunter.  Hunters must record all deer harvested through the Georgia Game Check.  State bag limits and harvest restrictions apply. The Lake Lanier Islands Resort area is not included in this hunt.

The lake is divided into four zones for the Islands Hunt and  Hunters are assigned a hunting dates and a specific hunting zone.  The 60 selected hunters are allowed to bring one hunting partner for a potential total of 120 hunters which would equal 5 hunters for each zone for each four-day hunt.  Selected hunters are required to pay a $20 fee to obtain the permit. 

How to apply

Permits are issued by a lottery drawing.  To be entered in the lottery, submit a letter with your full name, address, phone number, email address (if available), and indicate the specific hunt(s) applied for.  Letters should be sent to: Operations Project Manager’s Office, Attn: Quota Hunts, P.O. Box 567, Buford, GA 30515-0567.  Letters must be received by October 10, 4:30 p.m.  Please, only one hunter per letter.

Download the Islands Deer Hunt Map Book

Island Hunt Harvest Statistics by Year

Year

 

Number of Hunters

Number of Hunters

Does Harvested

Bucks Harvested

Success Rate

2007

 862

98

9

1

10%

2008

 862

106

3

1

4%

2009

 862

84

11

4

18%

2010

 862

68

8

1

13%

2011

 862

80

8

5

16%

2012

 862

66

11

11

33%

2013

 862

82

21

8

35%

2014

 976

84

25

11

43%

2015

 976

90

28

11

43%

 2016

1,100

103

24

17

40%

 

2017 Buford Dam Deer Hunt

The Buford Dam Hunt is an archery-only hunt held on 600 acres of land around the Lake Lanier Project Management Office and Buford Dam and one 32 acre out-parcel at Burton Mill Park.

This year’s hunt is scheduled for Nov. 14-16 with a mandatory pre-hunt safety meeting for all hunters on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The limit is two deer, only one may be antlered. 

Hunters must bring all deer harvested to a check station where the deer will be weighed and aged. The GA DNR will also tag each deer harvested so hunters are not required to record them on their GA DNR deer harvest record.

For this hunt, the land is divided into 14 compartments. Hunters are assigned a specific hunting compartment. Hunters are allowed to bring one hunting partner with them during their hunt. A total of 14 hunters are selected (1 hunter per compartment). If each hunter takes a partner there is a total of 28 potential hunters. Selected hunters are required to pay a $20 fee to obtain the permit. Statistics from previous years are available in the table below.

How to apply

Permits are issued by a lottery drawing. To be entered in the lottery drawing, hunters must apply by letter. Letters must contain full name, address, phone number, email address (if available), and indicate the specific hunt(s) applied for. Letters should be sent to: Operations Project Manager’s Office, Attn: Quota Hunts, P.O. Box 567, Buford, GA 30515-0567. Letters must be received by October 10, 4:30 p.m.  Please, only one hunter per letter. This hunt has a preference for disabled veterans, but anyone can apply. If you qualify for the disabled veteran’s preference, please indicate this in your letter.

Download the Buford Dam Hunt Map Book

Buford Dam Interactive Hunting Map

Buford Dam Deer Hunt Statistics by Year

 

Month/Year

Number of Hunters

Does Harvested

Bucks Harvested

Success Rate

January 2010

21

7

0

33%

January 2011

25

3

1

16%

December 2011

20

3

1

20%

December 2012

27

9

3

44%

November 2013

27

9

3

44%

November 2014

27

6

8

52%

November 2015

24

9

8

71%

Late Season Waterfowl Rules

The 2017 - 2018 Late Season for Waterfowl (Canada Goose and Duck) is Nov. 18 – 26, 2017 and Dec. 9, 2017 -Jan. 28, 2018. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset each day. The bag limit is 5 geese per day (15 in possession). The bag limit for ducks is 6 per day (18 in possession). All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply on Lake Lanier.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are Nov. 11 – 12, 2017. Only youths 15 years of age or less may hunt Canadian geese and ducks on Lake Lanier during this time frame. An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth into the field but may not hunt.

No hunting is allowed within 600 feet of any dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area. Firearms must be unloaded and cased when transported in a boat or through an open recreation area or open boat ramp. Temporary hunting blinds may be constructed, but must be removed completely at the end of each day.  No vegetation may be cut or removed on Corps of Engineers property for any reason.

Waterfowl hunting is allowed at Duckett Mill, Old Federal, and Bald Ridge Campgrounds and at the closed portion of Lanier Park, Keith’s Bridge, Mountain View, Belton Bridge, Long Hollow, Robinson Park, and Lumpkin County Park Day-Use Areas.

No other hunting is allowed at any time on Lake Lanier except by special permit. The procedures outlined above are necessary for safety and to reduce conflicts with other lake users. Failure to comply with these regulations will constitute hunting without permission and will result in a citation by a state or federal ranger. Contact the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division at (770) 535-5700 or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at (770) 945-9531 for more information.

Early Season Teal/Goose Hunting Rules

To reduce conflicts with other lake users and increase safety, Lake Lanier has outlined a separate set of rules for early teal/goose hunting. Failure to comply with these rules will result in a citation by a state or federal ranger. All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply on Lake Lanier, in addition to Corps of Engineers rules.  The 2017 early Canadian Goose season for Lake Lanier is Sept. 5 – 24 and Oct. 14 – 29 and the early Teal season runs from Sept. 9 – 24.

Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 10:00 a.m. daily during September and 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset each day after September. The bag limit is 5 geese per day (15 in possession). The bag limit for teal is 6 per day (18 in possession) during the early teal season.

Lake Lanier does not allow goose and teal hunting within 600 feet of any dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area. Firearms must be unloaded and cased when transported in a boat or through an open recreation area or open boat ramp. Temporary hunting blinds may be constructed, but must be removed completely at the end of each day.  No vegetation may be cut or removed on Corps of Engineers property for any reason.

Goose and teal hunting is allowed during the early seasons listed above at Duckett Mill Campground beginning Sept. 18. Goose hunting is allowed during the October season listed above at Bald Ridge and Old Federal Campgrounds beginning Oct. 23.

Goose and teal hunting is allowed in the closed portion of Mountain View, Belton Bridge, Robinson Park, and Lumpkin County Park Day Use areas during the closed season as described above. Goose hunting is allowed during the October season in Lanier Park, Long Hollow, and Keith’s Bridge Day-Use parks.