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2013 Islands Hunt (by permit only)

The Islands Hunt is an archery only hunt held on 15 specified islands on Lake Lanier.  The islands range in size from 11 acres to 148 acres.  Together, the 15 islands total 850 acres.  This year’s hunts are scheduled for November 14-17, November 28-December 1, and December 12-15.  Islands 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.  Lake Lanier Islands Resort is not included in this hunt. 

For this hunt, the lake is divided into three 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 45 hunters are selected (5 hunters per zone per four-day hunt).  If each hunter takes a partner there is a total of 90 potential hunters.  Selected hunters are required to pay a $20 fee to obtain the permit.  Maps of the hunting zones and specified islands are below.   Some statistics from the previous years are also 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: 2013 Islands Hunt, 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 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.  This year’s hunt is scheduled for November 19-21 with a mandatory pre-hunt meeting for all hunters on November 18 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.  Maps of the hunting compartments and some statistics from previous years are available 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: 2013 Buford Dam Hunt, 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. 

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%

 

       2013-2014 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 2013 – 2014 Late Season for Waterfowl (Canada Goose and Duck) is November 23 – December 1, 2013 and December 7, 2013 -January 26, 2014.   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 16-17, 2013.  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 1000 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:  Bolding Mill, 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, Keith’s Bridge, Mountain View, Belton Bridge, and Lumpkin County Park.

7.    Waterfowl hunting is allowed at West Bank Park and River Forks Park beginning January 1, 2014.  Access to West Bank Park is restricted to boat access only.

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

9.    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.

10. 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.

 

            2013 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 2013 early Canada goose season for Lake Lanier is September 7 – 29 and October 12-27, 2013.  The 2013 early Teal season is September 14 - 29, 2013. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 10:00 AM daily during 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:

 

o   No hunting allowed within 1000 feet of any dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area; and

 

 

4.    Goose and teal hunting is allowed during state seasons in the following closed campgrounds starting September 9th:  Duckett Mill, Bolding Mill, Bald Ridge, and Old Federal.

 

5.    Goose and teal hunting is allowed in the closed portion of the following Day Use Recreation Areas during the early seasons:  Mountain View, Belton Bridge, and Lumpkin County Park. Also in the following parks starting September 22: Lanier Park and Keith’s Bridge

 

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

 

7.    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.

 

8.    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.

 

Please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 770-945-9531 for map information.
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