|The Douglas County Hunting Association was founded in 1968 as a hunting club for members of the Shriners and Masons. Back then, as is the case now, the club is oriented toward families. For the cost of a membership, a husband (or wife for that matter) can join the club. That membership entitles both husband and wife and minor children (under 18 & living at home) the opportunity to hunt. We currently lease nearly 6,000 acres of land across the state of Georgia. Most of the tracts of land are readily accessible from Interstate 20. As the story goes, as the population of the state increases, we are forced to lease land in outlying land. Right now the majority of our property on the east side of the state is in the are of Taliaferro County. We also have significant tracts of land on the west side of the state. These tracts are located in Carroll and Coweta counties. Please check the maps for more details. The majority of our tracts of land have campsites. Unfortunately, due to the lack of hunters on most tracts and the cost of installing power, only 2 campsites have electrical hookups. The club has promised to install power on more property when we see that people are using the campsites.
Many people criticize the size of our membership. Last year we had just over 70 members. Those of us who are members either complain or hear complaints about how few hunters are in the woods. Year after year we hear comments about how some members never see another hunter when they are in the woods.
We have a strong set of By-Laws which are posed on this web site. All of the by-laws are voted on by the membership of the club at our annual meeting which is generally held in February or March of each year. All members are sent invitations to the meeting and encouraged to attend and participate.
As hunters, we abide by the game laws as set forth by the State of Georgia. We take the laws seriously. Failure to do so will result in the forfeiture of a membership and membership dues. Every couple of years one or two people feel that they are above the laws of the state and the by-laws, and in the end they kick themselves out of our organization.
Because we are not only hunters but environmentalists, we manage our deer herd. The State of Georgia is constantly being lobbied by the insurance industry to increase the harvest limit. The insurance industry wants to do this because of the number of deer/automobile accidents that occur in Georgia each year. We feel that the insurance industry would rather eliminate the number of deer than pay accident claims.
Although most of the tracts of land that we lease are not in Quality Deer Managed (QDM) counties, we have designated several tracts as exactly that. Because we want to allow our members to be able to harvest a trophy buck, we have imposed QDM regulations on ourselves. Again we believe that we are doing what is right.
If you would like to preserve hunting as a pastime and heritage and be able to pass that on to your children and/or grandchildren I would encourage you to contact us. We will be more than happy to talk to you about our organization. There is nothing that we like to talk about more than hunting and our organization. For more information please send an e-mail to Joe Ontko.