Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons and make plans to attend a scheduled public hearing.
“The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage renewable wildlife resources consistent with the scientific principles of wildlife management while meeting public objectives for wise use of these resources,” said Tina Brunjes, operations manager with the Game Management Section. “At this point in the process, we are interested in public comments specific to the proposed changes under consideration.”
The meetings will be held April 14-16, each at 7 p.m. The dates and locations are:
April 14—Cornerstone Christian Church, 236 Etowah River Rd., Dawsonville
April 15—Middle Georgia State College, Mathematics Building Auditorium, 100 College Station Dr., Macon
April 16—Coffee County Courthouse, 101 S. Peterson Ave., Douglas
The public notice and synopsis of proposed rule changes are available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Proposed
Some of the proposed changes include uniform statewide deer season, expand hunting opportunity for alligators and bears, modify either-sex days to manage white-tailed deer, and regulate hunting and other activities on wildlife management areas and other state lands.
Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing.
Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section; Attn: Tina Brunjes; 2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, GA 30025.
Statements may be electronically submitted at: www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/SubmitComments.
For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/ProposedRegulations.