Officials set 2021 dates for popular primitive hunting at Bussey Point

USACE, Savannah District
Published Aug. 20, 2021

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, J. Strom Thurmond Project, Forest, Fish, and Wildlife section will hold primitive weapons deer hunts in Bussey Point Corps Management Unit (CMU), located in Lincoln County, Georgia, in October, November and December.

These annual hunts maintain the deer population within the carrying capacity for the area, improve herd quality, and provide quality trophy opportunities. The 2,545-acre peninsula will open for scheduled hunts on the following dates:



Hunt Type

Oct. 8

Archery ONLY

Oct. 9

Archery & Muzzleloader

Nov. 5-6

Archery & Muzzleloader

Dec. 3-4



Hunting hours begin one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sundown on each hunting day.

Hunters will be checked in and out, in their vehicles through the station located at the entrance gate. Hunters should remain in their vehicles during check-in and check-out. Hunters must present appropriate state hunting licenses and a state driver’s license. Upon check-out hunters must check  harvest in and/or provide survey answers before leaving the property. All hunters must abide by the CDC ( ), Georgia Department of Public Health, and Lincoln County COVID-19 guidelines and mandates.

The bag limit is two does and one quality buck each day of each hunt. Quality bucks are those with racks having 15-inch main beam length or better on at least one side, or a 14-inch or greater outside spread. All state regulations, bag limits and harvest reporting will be strictly enforced. This is a non-quota hunt. All harvest counts towards state bag limit.

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

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.

To reserve or obtain a campsite at Bussey Point Recreation Area, call 877-444-6777 or visit webpage: For information regarding campgrounds and site availability near the Bussey Point CMU please visit the J. Strom Thurmond Lake webpage at:

For more information, contact Conservation Biologist Evan Brashier at the J. Strom Thurmond Office 864-333-1159 or email


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Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-652-6039 (cell)

Release no. 21-017