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Old 02-03-2002, 05:48 PM
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Ga. is considering alot of new laws including Starting bow season a week earlier, increasing bag limits, and making baiting legal. Check with DNR for all proposed changes and let them know how you feel about them.
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Old 02-03-2002, 07:29 PM
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Thanks, I have been hearing the same things, but can't confirm as to whether they are true or not.
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Old 02-04-2002, 09:38 AM
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i heard about that alos, i think it would be great
Old 02-08-2002, 08:34 PM
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I read about the newly introduced bills in a recent magazine. always love to have a chance to take more does, and why not make baiting legal? just because it's legal doesnt mean you have to do it!!
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Old 02-10-2002, 08:52 PM
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Yes I heard this too. I hope they do move up the season a week earlier for bow hunters. And legalizing baiting also. Its hard to find a deer from about Thanksgiving till the end of the season. Any thing would help.
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Old 02-11-2002, 11:31 AM
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Go to www.gon.com they have the legislative alerts listed there.

Here are some of the highlights so far:
1. Increase limits to 10 antlerless/and 2 antlered or antlerless (total of 12)
2. Baiting in the Southern zones only, or another possibility is allowing every county to determine baiting on their own.
3. Crossbows will be legalized
4. Season starts Sept 7
5. Antler restriction on the 2nd antlered deer, with 4pt on one side minimum
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Old 02-16-2002, 07:19 PM
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GON 2002

Crossbow Bill Bogged Down; Senate Baiting Bill Moving Forward; Bill to for Statewide QDM and 12-Deer Limit Still Alive in the House of Reps.

Senate Baiting Bill Moves on to Full Senate in New Form
On February 13, SB 369 by Sen. Tommie Williams (R-Lyons) was passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, but with some changes. Going into the committee, SB 369 legalized hunting deer and hogs over all forms of bait, but in the Southern Zone only. The committee substitute still legalizes baiting in the Southern Zone only, but it now looks more like the House baiting bill hunting over bait would be legal only when feeders that protect the grain or food from the weather are used, and the hunter would have to purchase a special permit to hunt over the feeder. The permit, according to the bill, could not exceed $50 in price. The money, according to the bill, would go back to WRD for use in managing Southern Zone WMAs and other game management efforts.
The substitute version passed the Natural Resources committee and now goes to the full Senate for a vote. If successful, it must then go to the House side of the capitol for approval by committee and the full House.

House Baiting Bill Stalled For Now
On February 12, the House Game, Fish & Parks took up HB 1095 for discussion and moved it to a subcommittee for further study. The subcommittee is expected to discuss the bill on February 20, and if it is recommended back to the full committee, the earliest it would likely be heard is Tuesday, February 26. If passed from there, the bill would still have to go before the full House, a Senate committee, and the full Senate for votes.
The bill would make it legal for licensed hunters to take deer or hogs around a mechanical feeder so long as the hunter had purchased a license to hunt over the device, such license not to exceed $25. Unlike Senate Bill 369, the House baiting bill is a statewide change, not just in the Southern Zone. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton).

Longer Season, 10-Doe Limit, Statewide Antler Rule passes House.
On February 7, HB 1158 successfully passed the full House with no amendments. It now goes to the Senate side for consideration in the Natural Resources committee, and then on to the full Senate.
HB 1158 will raise the season bag limit to 10 antlereless deer, keeping the antlered buck limit at two. However, the bill puts in place an antler restriction on bucks at least one of the bucks must have four or more points on one side of its rack of an inch or more in length. Further, the bill will make it possible for deer season to begin one week earlier than normal for a total of 17 weeks of deer season instead of 16.

Crossbow Bill Bogged Down in Committee
Statewide bowhunting organizations are actively working against HB 1174, which legalizes crossbows for all hunters throughout all deer seasons, and their efforts may have played a part in stalling the bill temporarily. The bill had soared through the House Game, Fish & Parks committee and the full House, but on February 13, the bill was presented to the Senate Natural Resources committee. Though one senator made a motion to pass the bill, none of the other senators on the committee would second the motion, therefore no vote was taken. This does not mean the bill is dead it can still come up for vote in the committee at its next meeting, but it may not progress to the full Senate until the committee votes on and passes the bill.
Under HB 1174, crossbows would become legal weapons for all hunters to use to hunt big and small game. During deer archery season, during the primitive-weapons week, and throughout modern firearms deer season, crossbows would be a legal option for all hunters, not just permanently disabled hunters as current law allows. Bears, hogs and turkeys could also be taken with a crossbow under the proposed change.
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