Public Hearings Set On Deer Hunting In Georgia

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), the white-tailed deer is Georgia’s most popular game species. Currently, management of regional and statewide deer populations occurs through hunting (81 percent of all hunters pursue this game species) as facilitated and constrained by laws, regulations and hunter access. However, there are a number of key issues and opportunities directly linked to this resource besides hunting; including wildlife viewing, ecological functions, agricultural damage, and deer-car collisions.

 

WRD’s successful management efforts are informed through biological data, public input and management objectives identified in the agency’s statewide deer management plan, developed through an intensive public participation process.  WRD is seeking to continue integrating public involvement by developing the next iteration of Georgia’s 10-year Deer Management Plan. 

Toward that goal, WRD is requesting participation in 10 statewide, highly interactive, open house-style public meetings, scheduled throughout early November.  These meetings are one opportunity to allow members of the public to provide input regarding management of white-tailed deer. During these meetings, citizens will be able to provide thoughtful insight on specific key issues. Some of these issues include: deer population densities; deer-vehicle collisions; urban deer management; seasons and bag limits; hunting methods; hunter access; and education and outreach. Biologists and others will be available to answer questions about the key issues and provide background information if needed.

 

The public should feel free to come at any time during the open house meetings. The open house schedule is as follows:

 

Date

Time

City

Location

11/5/13

3-8 p.m.

Dalton

Dalton Convention Center

11/5/13

3-8 p.m.

Perry

Ga National Fairgrounds

11/6/13

3-8 p.m.

Newnan

The Newnan Carnegie

11/12/13

2:45-7:45 p.m.

Greensboro

Greene County Library

11/13/13

3-8 p.m.

Marietta

Cobb Co. Parks and Recreation

11/14/13

3-8 p.m.

Waycross

Dixon Memorial Forest-Herty Building

11/18/13

3-8 p.m.

Gainesville

Gainesville Civic Center

11/19/13

3-8 p.m.

Albany

Flint Riverquarium

11/19/13

3-8 p.m.

Statesboro

Georgia Southern University

11/20/13

3-8 p.m.

McDonough

Henry Co. SPLOST Building

For those unable to attend the public meetings, comments will be accepted untilNov. 22, 2013. Comments may be submitted electronically atwww.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Meetings.   Written comments may be sent to: WRD Game Management, Attn: Charlie Killmaster, 2065 U.S. Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.

 

For more information on the Georgia Deer Management Plan or to view the key issues, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Meetings or call 770-918-6416.


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