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Islands Deer Hunt

2016 Islands Hunt (by permit only)

The Islands Hunt is an archery only hunt held on 18 specified islands and 3 peninsulas on Lake Lanier.  The areas range in size from 10 acres to 149 acres.  Together, the 21 areas total 1,100 acres.  This year’s hunts are scheduled for November 10-13, November 24-27, and December 8-11.  Hunting areas are typically accessible by boat only.  The limit is one deer per day per hunter.  Hunters must record all deer harvested on their GA DNR deer harvest record.  State bag limits and harvest restrictions apply.  The Lake Lanier Islands Resort area is not included in this hunt. 

For this hunt, the lake is divided into four zones.  Hunters are assigned one of the above hunting dates and a specific hunting zone.  Hunters are allowed to bring one hunting partner with them during their designated hunt.  A total of 60 hunters are selected; 5 hunters for each zone for each four-day hunt.  If each hunter takes a partner there is a total of 120 potential hunters.  Selected hunters are required to pay a $20 fee to obtain the permit.  Some statistics from the previous years are listed 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 15, 4:30 p.m.  Please, only one hunter per letter. 

Table 1: Islands Hunt Harvest Statistics by Year

Year

Number of Hunters

Does Harvested

Bucks Harvested

Success Rate

2007

98

9

1

10%

2008

106

3

1

4%

2009

84

11

4

18%

2010

68

8

1

13%

2011

80

8

5

16%

2012

66

11

11

33%

2013

82

21

8

35%

2014

84

25

11

43%

2015

90

28

11

43%

 

Buford Dam Deer Hunt

2016 Buford Dam Hunt (by permit only)

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 two out-parcels totaling 125 acres.  This year’s hunt is scheduled for November 15-17 with a mandatory pre-hunt safety meeting for all hunters on November 14 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 15 compartments.  Hunters are assigned a specific hunting compartment.  Hunters are allowed to bring one hunting partner with them during their hunt.  A total of 15 hunters are selected (1 hunter per compartment).  If each hunter takes a partner there is a total of 30 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 15, 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.

Table 2: Buford Dam Hunt Harvest 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

       2016 - 2017 Late Season Waterfowl Hunting Rules for Lake Lanier

 

1.    All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply on Lake Lanier (see Late Season Migratory Bird Regulations (LSMBR)).  The 2016 - 2017 Late Season for Waterfowl (Canada Goose and Duck) is November 19 – 27, 2016 and December 10, 2016 -January 29, 2017.   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).  See the LSMBR for limits on specific species. 

 

2.    Hunters 16 years or older must possess a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting stamp (federal duck stamp), a Georgia waterfowl license, a Georgia hunting license and a Georgia Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) license.

 

3.    Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are November 12 – 13, 2016.  Only youths 15 years of age or less may hunt Canada geese and ducks on Lake Lanier on these days.  An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth into the field but may not hunt.

 

4.    Goose and duck hunting is allowed on Lake Lanier; however, no hunting is allowed within 600 feet of any dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area.

 

5.    Waterfowl hunting is allowed in the following closed campgrounds:  Duckett Mill, Old Federal, and Bald Ridge.

 

6.    Waterfowl hunting is allowed in the closed portion of the following Day Use Recreation Areas:  Lanier Park (located in Gwinnett County), Keith’s Bridge, Mountain View, Belton Bridge, Long Hollow, Robinson Park, and Lumpkin County Park.

 

7.    Firearms must be unloaded and cased when transported in a boat or through an open recreation area or open boat ramp.

 

8.    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.

 

9.    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 US Army Corps of Engineers at 770/945-9531 for more information.

Early Teal/Goose Season Hunting

            2016 Early Teal/Goose Season Hunting Rules for Lake Lanier

 

  1. All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply on Lake Lanier (see Late Season Migratory Bird Regulations (LSMBR)).  The 2016 early Canada goose season for Lake Lanier is September 6 – 25 and October 8 – 23, 2016.  The 2016 early Teal season is September 10 – 25, 2016. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 10:00 AM daily during September.  Hunting hours are from 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.

     

  2. Hunters 16 years or older must possess a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting stamp (federal duck stamp), a Georgia waterfowl license, a Georgia hunting license and a Georgia Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) license.

     

  3. Goose and teal hunting is allowed on Lake Lanier with the following exceptions:

 

    • No hunting allowed within 600 feet of any dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area.

       

  1. Goose and teal hunting is allowed during the early seasons listed above in the following closed campground starting September 19: Duckett Mill.

     

  2. Goose and teal hunting is allowed in the closed portion of the following Day Use Recreation Areas during the early seasons as listed above:  Mountain View, Belton Bridge, Robinson Park, and Lumpkin County Park. Also, goose hunting is allowed during the October season in the following parks: Lanier Park (located in Gwinnett County), Long Hollow, and Keith’s Bridge

     

  3. Firearms must be unloaded and cased when transported in a boat or through an open recreation area or open boat ramp.

     

  4. 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.

     

  5. 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 US Army Corps of Engineers at 770/945-9531 for more information.

Map

List of Maps available in pdf

Island Hunting Map Book

Buford Dam Hunt Map Book.pdf