2022 Bussey Point Deer Hunts

USACE, Savannah District
Published July 18, 2022

Augusta, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, J. Strom Thurmond Project, primitive deer hunt dates are set for the 2022 hunting season.

The Thurmond Lake, Forest, Fish, and Wildlife section is hosting primitive weapons deer hunts in Bussey Point Corps Management Unit, located in Lincoln County, Georgia.

The Corps hosts these annual hunts to maintain the deer population within the carrying capacity for the area, to improve herd quality, and provide quality trophy opportunities. The 2,545-acre peninsula will open for hunts on the following 2022 dates:

Dates                         Hunt Types
Oct. 21-22                  Archery / Muzzleloader
Nov. 18-19                 Archery / Muzzleloader
Dec. 16-17                 Archery / Muzzleloader

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

Hunters must check-in at the entrance gate and check-out at the check station located at the entrance gate. Hunting hours begin one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sundown.

Hunters must be licensed in accordance with existing Georgia Department of Natural Resources Regulations. A Wildlife Management Area permit is not required for these hunts. License(s) will be inspected and collected along with the vehicle tag number. At check-out, hunters must present their harvest and provide survey answers before leaving the property. License(s) will be returned at check-out.

The bag limit is two does and one quality buck for each hunt, per day. Quality bucks are those with antlers that have a 15-inch or more main beam length on at least one side, or a 14-inch or greater outside spread. These bag limits are strictly enforced. All state regulations, including harvest reporting will be enforced, this is a non-quota hunt, meaning the harvest counts toward the state bag limit.

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 prior to each hunt, except to hunters scouting or placing deer stands. Weapons are not allowed at Bussey Point on scouting days.

For more information, contact Conservation Biologist, Evan Brashier, at 864-333-1159 or evan.g.brashier@usace.army.mil. To reserve or obtain a campsite at Bussey Point Recreation Area, call 877-444-6777 or visit webpage: www.recreation.gov. For information regarding campgrounds and site availability near the Bussey Point CMU, please visit https://go.usa.gov/xfJUf.

Cheri Pritchard, Senior Public Affairs Officer
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 22-016