2019-01-10 / News

January public meetings set to discuss hunting regulations

Hunters and other interested per­sons are encouraged to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of pro­posed hunting regulations for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 hunting seasons.

These meetings, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natu­ral Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, are one opportunity for the public to provide input for con­sideration in the development of proposed hunting regulations.

“Science provides the foundation for development of hunting regula­tions. Additionally, public input is also important and valuable. It is our goal to maintain simple, easy- to-follow hunting regulations that are biologically appropriate while encouraging hunting participation, and maximizing management flex­ibility and opportunity,” said John Bowers, chief of the Game Manage­ment Section. l January 10, 7 p.m., Southern Regional Technical College, Room 106-107 D (15689 US-19, Thom­asville, GA 31792); Coffee County Courthouse (101 Peterson Avenue, Douglas, GA 31533); Sweetwater Creek State Park, Group Shelter (1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, GA 30122). l January 14, 7 p.m., GA Tech Savannah (210 Technology Circle, Savannah, GA 31407). l January 16, 7 p.m., Augusta Tech, Thomson Campus (388 Tech Drive, Thomson, GA 30824); F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Group Shel­ter (2970 GA Highway 190, Pine Mountain, GA 31822).

Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writ­ing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the register­ing official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input in one of the following methods (input must be received by Mon., Jan. 21, 2019): l Statements may be electroni­cally submitted at: georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings. l Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Re­sources Division/Game Manage­ment Section; Attn: Tina Johannsen; 2067 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025. Call 706-557-3350.

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