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More than 1,300 acres in public land added to Oconee WMA

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division announces the addition of more than 1,390 acres to the Oconee WMA. The addition is adding three tracts of land to its already 4,800-acre Oconee Wildlife Management Area in Greene and Hancock Counties. The new tracts enhance the Oconee WMA by increasing the availability of public land for hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.

The tracts are populated with a variety of wildlife inhabiting a mixture of hardwoods and planted pine stands, along with some large pasture areas.

Hunting enthusiasts can immediately begin pursuing small game and deer under current Oconee WMA regulations. Hunters pursuing deer may use archery equipment through Jan. 1, 2014. Firearms deer season is closed for this WMA. Small game hunting continues through Feb. 28, 2014. Additionally, opportunities to hunt turkey are available in the spring.

State-managed public hunting lands are funded through a combination of state license fees and matching federal funds from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services' Wildlife Restoration Program. Hunters account for $977 million in retail sales in Georgia each year with a $1.6 billion ripple effect and almost 24,000 jobs.

Hunters must have a valid hunting license, big game license (if hunting deer, turkey or bear) and a current deer harvest record (if hunting deer). If hunting on a WMA, a WMA license is required. Licenses can be purchased online or by phone; click here or call 1-800-366-2661.

For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, click here.

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