Update 2016-10-20: WMA check-in hunt does not count towards Georgia bag limit.
Update 2016-10-18: Video of Deserter Lake in the Alapaha WMA and hunting dates and bag limits.
Halfway between Tifton and Ocilla on the Alapaha River in Irwin County,
apparently announced only by a public hearing in July about hunting reglations:
the new 7,000-acre Alapaha River Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
There’s an information kiosk off of US 319.
, with the sign-in kiosk and campground across the WMA:
from Ocilla take US 319 S, left onto Hawthorn Ln, right onto Palm Rd, right onto Farm Rd.
Update 2016-08-30: According to Greg Nelms, Wildlife Biologist, DNR, the main entrance will be off of US 319; there is already a WMA sign there. It’s not quite open yet; they’re still working on roads. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for September 30th. The first hunting season will be an archery hunt on October 1st; hunters can go in at noon the previous day to set up stands.
Here’s the announcement of the public hearing: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management, 6 July 2016, Proposed Regulations for Alapaha River WMA; Public Hearing Scheduled,
The new regulations, probably adopted unchanged, and which seem to consist of dates and conditions for hunting seasons for various game animals, are online here.
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