Thurmond Lake sets primitive weapon deer hunt dates

Published Aug. 6, 2013

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ J. Strom Thurmond Project Office will conduct primitive weapon deer hunts in Bussey Point, located in Lincoln Co., Ga. These annual hunts are held in order 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 these dates:



Sept. 20 - 21

Archery (Only)

Oct. 11

Archery (Only)

Oct. 12


Nov. 15 - 16


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 Corps of Engineers recently entered a handshake partnership agreement to renovate campsites at Bussey Point. During the renovation process campsites may be limited therefore hunters wishing to camp during hunt events should contact the Lake Visitor Center to verify availability. For additional information regarding campgrounds and site availability near the Bussey Point facility please visit the J. Strom Thurmond Lake webpage.

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 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 prior to each hunt except to hunters scouting or placing deer stands. No weapons are allowed in Bussey Point on scouting days.

For more information, contact Ken Boyd at the J. Strom Thurmond Office toll free at 1-800-533-3478, ext. 1159, or at (864) 333-1159.

Rashida Banks, Public Affairs Specialist

Release no. 13-023