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Posted 7/31/2018

Release no. 18-032

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

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Project Office will hold primitive weapon deer hunts in Bussey Point, located in Lincoln County, Georgia.

The Corps holds these hunts annually to maintain the deer population within the carrying capacity for the area and to improve the quality of the herd. The 2,545-acre peninsula will be open for scheduled hunts on the following dates:




Archery (ONLY)

Oct. 12

Archery (ONLY)

Oct. 13

Muzzleloader and Archery

Nov. 9-10

Muzzleloader and Archery


Hunters will be checked through the check station located at the entrance gate. Hours of operation will be from one hour before sunrise through 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 licenses 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 also 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 please visit the J. Strom Thurmond Lake webpage at:

For more information, contact Ken Boyd at the J. Strom Thurmond Office toll free at 800-533-3478, ext. 1111, or at (864) 333-1111.



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