GA Deer Restocking 1928 - 1974 Program History Summary & Details

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Rackbuster

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I know one county that is not listed,Cook Co..There were some released about 2 miles from my house in northern cook.It was around 1972 or 1973.We would go to Tifton and daddy would take us the back way where we could see the deer in the field and right up the road backed in off the sharp curve would be the ranger.Almost every time we went by we would see from 4 to as high as 10 deer.Maybe these were snuck in but was told they were from Wisconsin.Couple years later started seeing some on the farm we lived on (1/2 mile from my house)and daddy saw one that he said it looked like he had a rocking chair on his head.
 
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Anyone remember anything about this Deer Restocking in their areas?

Hope you get a chance to scan the full document to see if they mention Cook Cty. The closest deer stocking to Cook in the tables looks like a couple times in Tift Cty. I wonder how many other places in GA were stocked that were not in the doc that folks can recall?

Our lease land owner remembers them stocking deer in Monroe Cty. that is not in the tables either, which he thought were the ones that moved to his area. It took them only a few years to go 15-20 miles, including crossing I-75 to get there.

I wonder how many other folks on the forum can remember the deer restocking activities & 1st experiences with them in their areas?
 

Fish_Bone

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Very cool! Thanks for the info!
 

Gadget

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Good info Patrick. I had seen that before. I have the Georgia whitetail Registry record book, think it's in there.


We had 23 of the Wisconsin deer released in Crawford county, only a few miles from my club. I think these genes have slowly melted away over time, most evident in the gradual decrease in body size which seems to have happened. We don't have detailed records going back to the beginning but our club was established in 1966, before deer and turkey hunting was legal. The #2 buck in Crawford county came off my lease which grossed over B&C and netted 169 7/8, was killed in the 70's. I was told that a lot of the mature bucks back then weighed 240-270. These days most mature bucks are right around 200 even though they have more food now than ever before. I think this may be because the Wisconsin genes have slowly lost it's influence over time.
 
My Dad had the DNR bring 5 does and a buck to a Ben Hill county farm in the spring of 1976 or 1977. The deer came from Berry College. I assume the restocking efforts continued after 1974.
 
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There were a number of private restocking efforts, which will not be found in the DNR records, some of which were done by well known hunting clubs and individuals. Do a search on here, this topic has been discussed several times.

http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=56779&highlight=georgia+deer+restocking
Before I started this thread, I did several searches on deer restocking but I did not find what I was looking for & did not find details I thought would be interesting to post. I would really like to learn more about the private efforts so I may go back & search the forum more. Years ago, I read the document & recently I thought it's been a while so I put a few more details about it here, esp. alot of the new folks have not seen it & may have more to offer. You had some good contributions to the thread you listed from 2006. Thx.


Good info Patrick. I had seen that before. I have the Georgia whitetail Registry record book, think it's in there.

We had 23 of the Wisconsin deer released in Crawford county, only a few miles from my club. I think these genes have slowly melted away over time, most evident in the gradual decrease in body size which seems to have happened. We don't have detailed records going back to the beginning but our club was established in 1966, before deer and turkey hunting was legal. The #2 buck in Crawford county came off my lease which grossed over B&C and netted 169 7/8, was killed in the 70's. I was told that a lot of the mature bucks back then weighed 240-270. These days most mature bucks are right around 200 even though they have more food now than ever before. I think this may be because the Wisconsin genes have slowly lost it's influence over time.
I've heard folks mention the Georgia whitetail Registry record book, but I did not know it had many details about the restocking efforts. I've always wanted to look thru that book. Your club has a very interesting history. Unfortunately, you're so right about so much of the good genetics restocked all over GA have lost their influence. I'd like to know more about the past historical restocking efforts in our neighboring states like Alabama.


My Dad had the DNR bring 5 does and a buck to a Ben Hill county farm in the spring of 1976 or 1977. The deer came from Berry College. I assume the restocking efforts continued after 1974.
Thanks for your details. It would be good to hear more about restocking efforts after 1974, so maybe I'll search more on the forum to see find more details.
 

mauser64

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This article came out of vol. 1 no. 1 of Ga. Game and Fish magazine in Oct. of 1966. Note the number of counties open to hunting listed in the caption. The second paragraph ain't to bad to read either!
 

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Gaswamp

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thanks for posting the article link. Good reading.
 
I think this may be because the Wisconsin genes have slowly lost it's influence over time.
It's more likely an adaptation to a southern climate rather than dilution of genes. Do a google search for Bergman's rule and Allen's rule. This can help explain why deer are larger in colder climates.
 

Gadget

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It's more likely an adaptation to a southern climate rather than dilution of genes. Do a google search for Bergman's rule and Allen's rule. This can help explain why deer are larger in colder climates.

Yes, I familiar with bergman's rule, but didn't think about it, that could be it.
 
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Thanks, mauser64, that was an interesting magazine article.


Take a look at this book. It cover's most all restocking in the US.
https://www.qdma.com/store/details.asp?id=150&catid=5&catname=Books and Booklets
I suspected if anyone had good detailed info that the QDMA folks probably had it so appreciate you confirming my suspicions. I'll have to check it out.


It's more likely an adaptation to a southern climate rather than dilution of genes. Do a google search for Bergman's rule and Allen's rule. This can help explain why deer are larger in colder climates.
Even though I never read anything about this, I've always been told that nature or God builds bigger bodied deer the further you get from the equator, and that bigger bodied animals or humans retain more body heat that helps in colder temps. I need to go check out those 2 rules. Thanks for your wisdom.
 
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