Georgia has one of the nation's longest firearms deer seasons (74 days in the northern half of the state and 88 days in the southern half), but its wildlife management areas usually limit gun hunts to no more than a couple of weeks. An exception is Redlands. This WMA in the Oconee National Forest is co-managed by the Georgia DNR and the U.S. Forest Service, and it's open to firearms hunting for all but three weeks of the northern-zone deer season. The terrain is rolling hills and bottomland flood plain, and the cover varies between planted pine and old hardwood stands rich with oak and other mast-producing trees. "Redlands isn't a quality deer area," says DNR wildlife biologist Don McGowan, "but there's a pretty good component of 2 1/2-year-old bucks." Hunters willing to put some distance between themselves and roads could tangle with something better. "There are undoubtedly some bigger bucks in there," says McGowan, "but they're secluded."