Turkey season is set to start Saturday morning – along with the first day of spring – and those who want to don camouflage and head into the woods to find a gobbler have a couple of new options to consider until the season is over on May 15, and again for deer season coming up in the fall.

The Department of Natural Resources now has information online about two Voluntary Public Access areas (VPA) in the area, one at Treat Mountain and another at the Tallapoosa River.

The Treat Mountain VPA is accessible for hunting for deer, turkey and small game according to the page posted by DNR. Access can be gained by Treat Mountain Road via Highway 100 South, and two-tenths of a mile down the road on the south side the VPA begins and covers more than 5,000 acres of land.

No ATVs or camping are allowed on the property.

Tallapoosa River VPA is a 3,000+ acre property between Cedartown and Buchanan for hunting – but turkey hunting is for YOUTH ONLY. It’s located on Rainey Lake Road via Felton-Rockmart Road, and is seven tenths of a mile down Rainey Lake before those seeking the spot will find it.

Camping and ATV access are not allowed on this site.

Maps of either location are available in-person at the J.L. Lester Wildlife Management Area on Antioch Road.

You’ll need to check game harvested from either location with the Georgia Game Check.

Those who are planning to start turkey season will note that the bag limit is three gobblers per year in Georgia.

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