One tip for leasing hunting land in northern Georgia is to seek land in Floyd, Stephens, Greene and Jackson Counties. According to the 2015 Georgia Deer Forecast, these counties offer the healthiest deer populations for hunters in the northern zone. Another tip is to seek hunting grounds in fertile low-lying country and foothills rather than in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which have seen a decline in the deer population in recent years.
The Cedar Creek Wilderness Management Area in the Piedmont Region produced the highest yield of deer per hunter in the northern zone, as of 2015. Hunters seeking high-yield hunting grounds that feature a variety of cover may prefer to lease land near this area. Another highly productive region was the area surrounding the Berry College Management Area in northern Georgia. Hunters looking for well-managed deer herds may find suitable land near this location.
Organizations such as the Georgia Outdoor News Forum, and private timber companies, including Rayonier, post advertisements for hunting land leases in Northern Georgia. Hunters may use these resource to find property with desirable features and amenities. For example, those who wish to spend an extended period of time hunting may prefer to lease land that has a hunting cabin or camping area. Hunters may also prefer land that has easy access by road. GeorgiaWildlife.com provides information and maps on hunting land throughout the state.
To determine the quality of a deer population, hunters may check statistics provided by Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division and may also inquire into a private landowner's deer management practices. Some properties may have stronger male-to-female animal ratio than others, and may give a hunter a better chance of hunting trophy animals. However, properties that feature ideal hunting conditions and trophy animal populations may cost more to lease than less desirable hunting land.