Frequently Asked Questions?
Suburban Whitetail Managment of North Georgia
How much does it cost to have SWMNGA manage the deer on my property ?
Our service is FREE to the property owner. We are a not-for-profit organization in the state of Georgia. Our
administrative costs are primarily funded by our member bowhunters through their membership fees. We will also
accept donations from individuals and businesses that are interested in, and supportive of our mission.
How large of a property must I own in order to use your services ?
The minimum size of the property depends on the regulations of the county in which the property is located. In
practical terms, our field staff has worked with properties as small as 5 acres. When several adjoining property
owners are experiencing deer damage and they all decide to seek our service, the properties can be managed
by us as a single unit. This is often the best approach for smaller tracts. Developments experiencing deer
damage with "open space" or green space controlled by a homeowners association can use the "open space" as
a tract for deer management. Other than the restrictions place by the county, there are no hard and fast rules.
We will evaluate each property on a case by case basis.
Do I put myself at any liability risk by using your service?
Georgia Law strongly supports the property owner. In addition, Suburban Whitetail Management of North
Georgia carries liability insurance that protects both the organization and the property owner. In addition, the
Property owner Agreement signed by SWMNGA and the property owner includes a "hold harmless" clause which
indemnifies the property owner.
Is this Bowhunting thing really safe ?
Absolutely! Hunting in general is a very safe sport, even when done with guns. The chances of a hunter being
killed or injured or causing injury or death to someone else are many times greater when the hunter is driving
between home and his hunting location than when the hunter is in the field hunting. More people are killed every
year by water skiing, snow skiiing, even bee stings than are killed in bowhunting related incidents.
Using bowhunting as a deer management technique is especially low risk to the non-hunting public. Unlike
hunting with firearms, bowhunting is an extremely close range sport. All shots are within 20 yards. At that
distance there is no difficulty positively identifying the target. In addition, experienced archers don't shoot at
running deer as is often the case with gun hunting. In a suburban setting, bowhunting is done from a tree stand
typically elevated to a height of 10 to 20 feet. Shooting at this downward angle, any arrow missing the target
would only travel a few feet before impacting the ground.
The reality is that you are much more likely to be killed or injured in a deer-car collision than to be injured by a
bowhunter managing deer on your property.
Are many deer wounded but not harvested?
This is a controversial subject in public discussion. Many groups opposed to hunting often try to suggest that
wounding rates are high. The numbers they quote are very subjective and based on assumptions made to
prove their point. The first controlled study was recently completed that offers statistically significant scientific
data on this subject. It was conducted over a 4 year period at Camp Ripley Minnesota. The study group
included a broad cross-section of Bowhunters with experience levels ranging from novice to expert. This study
concluded that only about 13% of the deer shot were unaccounted for.The important thing about archery
wounding is that normally if an animal is not mortally wounded, it WILL recover in the great majority of cases.
This is not true with firearms.
SWMNGA deploys experienced bowhunters that have undergone a rigorous certification process. In addition, we
have a pool of our most experienced trackers on-call. In case a member hunter is unable to recover a deer, the
hunter can call one of these trackers to aid in the search. We make EVERY effort to recover all deer.
Our wounding rate is markedly lower than those measured in the Camp Ripley study. The numbers of deer
debilitated by disease caused by overpopulation and wounding cause by deer-car collisions can easily exceed
the bowhunting wounding rates.
Finally, let's consider the unlikely but possible case of a deer that it not recovered. The natural cycle of life and
death never leaves anything to waste. The death of any animal is used by nature to sustain other wildlife.
So, how long will it take for you to solve my problem with deer?
These aren't problems that can be solved. They are resources to be managed and stewarded. The natural
predators of the Whitetail deer, large carnivores like wolves, mountain lions, etc, have been replaced in the
suburbs with the Mustang, Firebird, and F-150. In some areas with large tracts of undeveloped land like
Yellowstone National Park, populations of the natural predators may be reintroduced in an attempt to restore the
natural balance. Since it is impractical to do this in the densely populated suburbs, continuous management is
Just two deer without predation can produce a herd of up to 35 deer in just 7 years. How quickly we can restore
the balance on your particular property depends largely on the surrounding properties. When a number of
nearby properties are under management, the balance can be restored much more quickly.
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