Primitive weapon deer hunts return to Thurmond this autumn

Published Aug. 9, 2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Muzzleloader and archery hunters can participate in primitive weapon deer hunts at Bussey Point Management Area located in Lincoln County, Georgia, this autumn.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thurmond Lake Project Office hosts hunts annually to maintain deer populations within the carrying capacity for the area and to improve herd quality. The 2,545-acre peninsula will be open for scheduled hunts on the following dates:

Dates                               Hunts

Sept.15-16                       Archery (ONLY)

Oct. 13                             Archery (ONLY)

Oct. 14                             Muzzleloader and archery

Nov. 10-11                       Muzzleloader and archery


Hunters may arrive one hour before sunrise and will be checked through the check station located at the entrance gate. Hunting will conclude one hour after sundown.


The bag limit is two does and one quality buck each day of each hunt. Quality bucks are those with racks having four points or better on at least one side, or a 15-inch or greater outside spread.

Muzzleloader hunts are limited to 100 hunters per day. The muzzleloader hunters will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Archery hunters are invited to participate in all scheduled hunts.

Hunters must be licensed in accordance with existing Georgia Game and Fish Regulations. A Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license is not required for these hunts. Appropriate license(s) will be inspected at the check station. All state regulations and bag limits will be strictly enforced.

Park visitors who are not hunting are encouraged to find other recreation areas during the scheduled hunts. The management area will be closed two days before each hunt except to hunters scouting or placing deer stands. No weapons are allowed in Bussey Point on scouting days.

For information regarding campgrounds and site availability near the Bussey Point facility visit the J. Strom Thurmond Lake webpage at:

For more information, contact Ken Boyd at the J. Strom Thurmond Office at 800-533-3478, ext. 1159, or 864-333-1159.

Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 17-024