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Georgia DNR Plans Public Hearings

From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

-- Georgia residents can attend any of three public hearings April 14 and 15 on proposed changes to the hunting regulations for the 2008-2009 and the 2010-2011 hunting seasons.  The goal of any proposed regulation change is to manage Georgia’s game birds and game animals according to sound principles of wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources. 
Proposed changes include amendments to reflect statutory changes, manage white-tailed deer populations through either-sex days, set seasons for rails and woodcock, expand alligator opportunity, expand counties open to bear hunting in north Georgia, regulate hunting and other activities on wildlife management areas and other state lands, adjust scheduling of hunting seasons in accordance with calendar date changes, and changes to firing range rules.

Division sponsored public hearings will be

Tuesday, April 14, 2009; 7 p.m., Waycross Courtroom, 800 Church Street, Waycross, Ga.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7 p.m., Canton City Hall, Meeting Room/Courtroom, 151 Elizabeth Street, Canton, Ga.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7 p.m. Walter Williams Recreation Park, 59 Hwy. 22 West, Milledgeville, Ga.

Any citizen 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 are required to register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement.  Those unable to attend the hearings may submit statements electronically through the Division website at or by mail prior to close of business May 8, 2009.  Written statements should be mailed to: Georgia Department of Natural Resources / Wildlife Resources Division / Game Management Section / Attn: John W. Bowers / 2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E. / Social Circle, Georgia 30025

The Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed changes and any comments received during the public hearings May 27.

For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit  To receive a copy of proposed regulation changes by mail, contact John W. Bowers at (770) 918-6404.

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