Hunting season is here, be careful when you drive

You can see deer all the time in the Lake Country area, but it's the time of year with hunting season and pending rutting season upon us when you need to be more mindful.

If you drive around Lake Sinclair for any length of time no doubt in my mind you will see deer on the side of the road.  We have a huge population of them in these parts.  Turn your back and they will eat your flowers and garden in heartbeat. And there are a HUGE number of traffic accidents involving deer. In a recent study done between the years 2005 and 2012 more than 45,000 traffic accidents involved deer.  As recent as 2011 8 of those accidents involved the loss of human life. They actually use traffic accidents to  map the movement of deer in Georgia.  And if you will check the map you can know what time of what month to be the MOST careful in your county.

Three years ago one deer related fatality in Georgia was my 34 year old cousin Ryan Williams.  So yes, I am an advocate of population control through responsible hunting. 

Archery Only: Sept. 9 – October 20
Statewide, either-sex
Either-sex deer maybe taken with archery equipment statewide from Sept. 9-Jan. 14.

Primitive Weapons Week: Oct. 14- January 14

Firearms Season:  Oct. 21 – Jan.14

Deer Limit: 12 per season. Ten may antler-less and no more  than two may be antlered. One of the antlered bucks must have at least 4 points 1-inch or longer on one side of the rack.

Hunting Over Feed/Bait: It is legal to hunt deer over feed with no restrictions in the Southern Zone and illegal to hunt any game except hogs over feed in the Northern Zone.

Other game information can be found on the Georgia Outdoor News website. Either sex days are marked on the map included.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsTammy Lankford, • September 21 2017 10:19PM


Hi Tammy, years ago, while driving in New Jersey, a deer came out of nowhere, I didn't hit him but hit a tree, luckily, I was fine so was the car..not so much.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) about 3 years ago

Eco-systems need to be in balance. Regulated hunting is one method contributing to the balance.

Posted by Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert (Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827) about 3 years ago


On our recent excursion to Oregon, we saw some hunters.  Hunting time is here, Wishing you a great weekend ahead.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 3 years ago

Hi Tammy

This is good information to get out to those who might not be aware, and as a reminder to those who do know, hunters and not.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 3 years ago

Hi Tammy- even though I'm from Texas and Larry used to hunt, we never saw deer on the road like we did when we moved to Northern VA. Larry called one day on his way to work because there was an injured deer by the side of the road. He had me called whatever authority that would go out and put the poor animal out of misery. I cried all day. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

More deer and other animals are on the road ways now with more people in the woods.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 3 years ago

Beth Atalay every person in my family  has had a car/deer accident.  My husband's was earlier this year.  We have a LOT of deer.  

Dave Halpern I totally agree.  Low limits of deer a hunter could take for years in my state has contributed to an over population

Ron and Alexandra Seigel we have a few in my family, but frankly I feed them in my back yard in an effort to protect my rose bushes in the front yard.


Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Kathy Streib I did that myself once.  I hit a deer and it didn't instantly kill it so I did.  I cried that night.  It was the right thing, but not easy.

Jeff Dowler I would bet that I see deer in my neighborhood 300 days a year.  However once the hunters are in the woods like they are now they are MUCH more likely to run out in front of me on the road.  So I am extra careful.

William Feela you're right, even though I live in a very rural part of the country we still have lots of people here.


Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

This was great information to put out for your area. 

One time we heard a gunshot in the middle of the night, probably around this time last year. My husband ran out to see what was going on, and it was a police officer who had to kill a deer that had been hit by a car. We have a fair amount of deer here as well, and there are often dead deer on the side of the road from car impacts. It's definitely important to keep eyes on the shoulders of the road as well as the road.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) about 3 years ago

The deer hunters in my area are talking about it and so excited for hunting season to be here. So far I have not seen any deer out at night but I am on the lookout.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) about 3 years ago

Tammy Lankford, we have deer all over Central Oregon and I regularly chase them out of my yard.  Today I followed a truck down the parkway which had a huge set of antlers visible over the bed of the truck. I didn't see the deer, but I can imagine its size. We also have elk which are even larger.

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Oh, my goodness, I'd say you know your hunting guidelines for Lake Sinclair, Tammy! We don't live in an area where people hunt so, I was totally unaware that anything like this had to be 'regulated.'

I thought the Park Rangers policed the hunting areas!  Yeah, no blonde comments please!  LOL

Great information for your area, Tammy. Coincidentally, my brother hit a fleeing deer years ago in Griffin - totalled his car and he was quite lucky to have survived the accident. I'm so sorry about your cousin - I remember seeing that on FB.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 3 years ago