US Army Corps of Engineers
Mobile District

2019 Islands Deer 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 14-17, November 28-December 1, and December 12-15.  

Hunting areas are typically accessible by boat only.  The limit is one deer per day per hunter.  Hunters must record all deer harvested through Georgia Game Check.  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 nine 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 57 hunters are selected; 19 hunters for each four-day hunt.  If each hunter takes a partner there is a total of 114 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

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.

Download the Islands Deer Hunt Map Book

Island Hunt Harvest Statistics by Year

Year

# of Acres Hunted

# 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

 1,100

110

34

9

39%

2018 1,100 108 14 14 26%

 

2019 Buford Dam Deer Hunt (by permit only)

The Buford Dam Hunt is an archery only hunt held on 611 acres of land around the Lake Lanier Project Management Office and Buford Dam and various other out-parcels as access allows. 

This year’s hunt is scheduled for November 19-21 with a mandatory pre-hunt safety 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.  Statistics from previous years are available in the table below.

How to apply

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

# of Acres Hunted

# of Hunters

Does Harvested

Bucks Harvested

Success Rate

January 2010

611

21

7

0

33%

January 2011

611

25

3

1

16%

December 2011

611

20

3

1

20%

December 2012

611

27

9

3

44%

November 2013

643

27

9

3

44%

November 2014

643

27

6

8

52%

November 2015

643

24

9

8

71%

November 2016 

1,037

44

15

13

64%

January 2017

611

24

5

2

29% 

November 2017 

1,054

49

12

19

63%

November 2018 736 29 3 4 24%

2019 Early Season Teal/Goose Hunting Rules

1.  All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply on Lake Lanier (CLICK HERE to view Georgia Department of Natural Resources Migratory Bird Regulations). The 2019 early Canada goose season for Lake Lanier is Sept. 7 – 29 and Oct. 12 – 27, 2019. 

The 2019 early Teal season is September 14 – 29, 2019. 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.   CLICK HERE to view License requirements for hunters.

3.  Goose and teal hunting is allowed on Lake Lanier with the following exception: No hunting allowed within 600 feet of any dock, house, structure, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina, or open recreation area.

4. Goose and teal hunting is allowed during the early seasons listed above in the following closed campgrounds: Sawnee, and starting Sept. 17: Duckett Mill and Bolding Mill.  Also, goose hunting is allowed during the October season listed above in the following closed campgrounds starting Oct. 22: 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 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.

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. 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 US Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Lanier, at (770) 945-9531 for more information.

2019-2020 Late Season Waterfowl Rules

1.  All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply on Lake Lanier (CLICK HERE to view Georgia Department of Natural Resources Migratory Bird Regulations). The 2019 - 2020 Late Season for Waterfowl (Canada Goose and Duck) is Nov. 23 - Dec. 1, 2019 and Dec. 12, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020. 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).

2.  CLICK HERE to view License requirements for hunters.

3. Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are Nov. 16 - 17, 2019.  Only youths 16 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 with the following exception: 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, Bald Ridge, Sawnee, and Bolding Mill.

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 US Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Lanier, at (770) 945-9531 for more information.