An archer in action. (Photo: Billy Pope, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)

This Saturday begins archery deer season in Alabama and primitive weapons (muzzleloader and archery) deer hunting in Georgia.

Alabama archery season
In Northeast Alabama, bow-and-arrow and spear-stalk hunting for either sex runs from Oct. 14 to Feb. 10. A special muzzleloader hunt takes place Nov. 13–17.


The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources advises hunters to always wear safety harnesses when hunting from a tree stand or elevated position. Watch a tree stand safety PSA video here.

Hunters are also reminded to report all deer harvests through the Outdoor Alabama mobile app or online at

For more information about deer hunting regulations and seasons in Alabama, click here.

Georgia primitive weapons season
In Georgia, primitive weapons deer season runs from Oct. 14 to Jan. 14. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, 42,000 hunters with muzzleloaders took to the woods last year, bringing in almost 6,000 deer.

The primitive weapons season gets a one-week head start on the regular firearms season, which begins Oct. 21 and also runs until Jan. 14.

“The primitive weapons season is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the woods before the busy firearms season starts,” Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with Wildlife Resources Division game management, said in a prepared statement.

He also reminded hunters to report their harvests through Georgia game check on the Outdoors Georgia app (which works even without cell service), at or by calling 1-800-366-2661.

During the primitive weapons season, hunters are allowed to use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns (20-gauge and larger) and muzzleloading firearms (.44-caliber or larger). Youth under 16 may use any legal deer firearm for hunting deer, including during any wildlife management area primitive weapons hunts.

Hunters can see opportunities for either-sex deer hunting on a per-county basis by checking out an interactive map here.

All deer hunters in Georgia, including archers, are required to wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during primitive weapons season. Deer hunters must also have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. Licenses can be obtained online here, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (find an agent here).

A white-tailed deer. (Photo: Steve Kyles, Georgia Department of Natural Resources)

Hunters in Georgia have access to over a million acres of public hunting land, including more than 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. Many areas offer special hunts, including primitive weapons hunts, throughout the season.

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

Tennessee primitive weapons hunting
In Tennessee, two young sportsman hunts allow muzzleloader and archery, as well as gun hunting, Oct. 28–29 and Jan. 13–14. Archery hunting (which includes crossbows) began Sept. 23 and continues until Oct. 27, and then from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Muzzleloader and archery season begins Nov. 4 and runs through Jan. 7, overlapping gun season, which begins Nov. 18.

Learn more about Tennessee deer hunting regulations here.