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Thirty-seven percent (37%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Almost 29% of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 14 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent about 12 days hunting deer. Does made up 72% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 109,008
Archery Buck Harvest 14,000
Archery Doe Harvest 36,000
Total Archery Harvest 50,000
Average Deer/Hunter 0.5

2001-2002
Thirty-three percent (33%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Thirty-one percent (31%) of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 25 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 12 days hunting deer. Does made up almost 69% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 96,721
Archery Buck Harvest 14,000
Archery Doe Harvest 30,600
Total Archery Harvest 44,600
Average Deer/Hunter 0.5

2002-2003 First year for the crossbow
Thirty-five percent (35%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Twenty-four percent (24%) of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 30 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 12 days hunting deer. Does made up 83% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 97,392
Archery Buck Harvest 6,300
Archery Doe Harvest 31,500
Total Archery Harvest 37,800
Average Deer/Hunter 0.4


* Crossbow hunters - 17,322; Crossbow harvest - 4,429 (12% of archery harvest; 1% of total harvest)

2003-2004
Almost thirty-seven percent (37%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 24 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 13 days hunting deer. Does made up about 74% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 111,682
Archery Buck Harvest 15,300
Archery Doe Harvest 42,300
Total Archery Harvest 57,600
Average Deer/Hunter 0.5

* Number of hunters using a crossbow - 22,136 Crossbow harvest - 10,313 (22% of archery harvest; 3% of total harvest)

2004-2005
Thirty-three percent (33%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Twenty-seven percent (27%) of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 24 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 11 days hunting deer. Does made up about 80% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 88,667
Archery Buck Harvest 5,178
Archery Doe Harvest 37,263
Total Archery Harvest 42,441
Average Deer/Hunter 0.5

* Number of hunters using a crossbow - 22,738 Crossbow harvest - 9,380 (22% of archery harvest; 3% of total harvest)

2005-2006
Almost thirty-four percent (34%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Twenty-four percent (24%) of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 28 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 11 days hunting deer. Does made up about 76% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 81,050
Archery Buck Harvest 7,422
Archery Doe Harvest 23,502
Total Archery Harvest 30,924
Average Deer/Hunter 0.38


* Number of hunters using a crossbow - 21,454 Crossbow harvest - 9,564(19.7% of archery harvest; 2.5% of total harvest)

2006-2007 *Archery harvest including the crossbow*
Almost thirty-three percent (33%) of deer hunters hunted with archery equipment. Twenty-six percent (26%) of these were successful in harvesting a deer. It took the average archery deer hunter about 21 days to harvest a deer and the average archery deer hunter spent 9 days hunting deer. Does made up about 72% of the archery deer harvest. The table below provides additional information.
Archery Deer Hunters 78,640
Archery Buck Harvest 10,015
Archery Doe Harvest 25,751
Total Archery Harvest 35,766
Average Deer/Hunter 0.45

The state of Georgia no longer tracks crossbows stats separately. They no longer feel the need.
 

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Archery Deer Hunters 111,682 2003-04

Archery Deer Hunters 78,640 2006-07

Loss of.................... 33,042


Dan what do you attribute the large loss of hunters too?
 

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Terry Williams said:
Archery Deer Hunters 111,682 2003-04

Archery Deer Hunters 78,640 2006-07

Loss of.................... 33,042


Dan what do you attribute the large loss of hunters too?
I couldn't even begin to guess.
The 02-03 season is the first year for the crossbow. From that point forward the Archery Deer Hunters figure represents both bows. The number at the bottom tells how many of the archery hunters used a crossbow.

In the first 2 years before the crossbow they lost 12,287 hunters alone. The first year they introduced the crossbow they only gained 671 new hunters. The loss stabilized but that right there suggests to me that 16,000+ vertical hunters switched to the crossbow. In 03-04 the novelty was at it's peak which set an archery record number of hunters. This is just a guess but maybe when the novelty wore off they returned to the steady decline that was happening before?
A positive note is the harvest numbers increased.

I didn't look at the other weapons and seasons. Maybe they are tagging out in those seasons? Here you can look all that stuff up: http://georgiawildlife.dnr.state.ga.us/documentdetail.aspx?docid=209&pageid=9&category=hunting
 

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At least "SOME of it"

what do you attribute the large loss of hunters too?

I wondered that too, and from talking to several GA hunters on that very thing..... here is some of what I've been told (have relatives in GA BTW)

1. GA DNR went to a "QDM" program, about that same time, out of state "Outfitters" found out and leased up a great deal of land driving remaining lease prices WAY UP....

2.Much of the newly leased land had been previously hunted on for generations and was no longer available for them to hunt.

3. Rapid growth in Much of GA (Development) further limited available hunting land.....

obviously there were several changes taking place that many just didn't agree with OR they simply couldn't afford to compete for the land with inflated prices etc.
 

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The reason I asked was twofold, I wondered why the drop, as xbow were supposed to bring hunter numbers up. We are constantly reminded in Michigan that we have lost 80,000 bow hunters, but we have also lost 200,000 gun hunters through the same period.

Alot of whats happening is loss of land and developement of land that was once huntable.
 

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Actually I wasn't being critical of the crossbow, just making an obserevation regarding hunter numbers....ie Michigans gun hunters...you can't get much easier than a gun...
 

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But Georgia has also liberalized it's limits to 10 does a year

Not to mention that in a lot of Georgia it's hot and buggy!

Even around Lake Hartwell it's hot and buggy even in archery season

Checked out a hunt club around there years ago when I was a little kid w/ my dad
 
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