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Old 07-24-17, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default Register for a Hunt/Learn; Quota Deadline Looming for Alligator Hunts

Following are two news releases from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Releases can be found online at http://georgiawildlife.com/press-release-wrd.

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For more information, contact

Melissa Cummings, Communications/Outreach Specialist – 706.557.3326 Melissa.cummings@dnr.ga.gov


SUMMARY OF RELEASES
1. “HUNT AND LEARN” PROGRAMS TEACH THE BASICS, PROVIDE HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITIES

2. SUBMITTING AN ALLIGATOR QUOTA HUNT APPLICATION: DEADLINE JULY 31



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“HUNT AND LEARN” PROGRAMS TEACH THE BASICS, PROVIDE HANDS-ON OPPORTUNITIES


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (July 24, 2017) – Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, rabbit – all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them? Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide an educational weekend for beginners to those with experience, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

The Georgia Hunt and Learn programs provide exceptional instruction from qualified teachers for children, ages 10-17, accompanied by an adult. Classes include everything from the basics to learning how to care for harvested game. The weekend additionally provides guided hunt opportunities. Adults and children (16 and older) must possess current hunting licenses.

Due to the popularity of the Hunt and Learn programs, there are now three participant levels. Participants must complete Level 1 to advance to Level 2 and likewise to Level 3.
  • Beginner (Level 1): These are new hunters with little to no experience. Only the youth may hunt, and they must be accompanied by an adult. The squirrel and falconry hunts are the best hunts for first time hunters. However, we offer level 1 for all Hunt and Learn programs.
  • Intermediate (Level 2): Participants must have participated in a previous Hunt and Learn Level 1 program. Both the youth and adult can hunt at the same time, if the guides and Hunt and Learn coordinator are confident with the shooting proficiency.
  • Advanced (Level 3): Participants must have participated in a previous Hunt and Learn Level 2 program. Both the youth and adult can hunt without a guide. However, they must stay together during the hunt.

The following WMAs each have a variety of 2017-18 Hunt and Learn programs scheduled:
  • Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center/Clybel WMA ($90 per person, includes lodging, food and all instruction).
  • Buck Shoals WMA ($60 per person, includes food and instruction. Primitive camping available).
  • Chattahoochee Fall Line WMA ($60 per person, includes food and instruction. Primitive camping available).
  • Two additional Hunt and Learn programs will take place with the assistance of 30-30 Ministries (www.3030ministries.org).

How Do I Apply?
Registration for all Hunt and Learns opens Aug. 1, 2017 at 9 a.m. At that time, please call 770-784-3059. Those applying for a quota hunt and learn will be put on the quota list. Names will be drawn one month in advance of those hunt weekends. Other hunts, not designated as quota, are first come, first served.

For more information, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/LearntoHuntFish.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUBMITTING AN ALLIGATOR QUOTA HUNT APPLICATION: DEADLINE JULY 31


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (July 24, 2017) – If you want a chance to go on the hunt of a lifetime – be sure to get your alligator quota hunt application in before the deadline! Applications must be received by July 31. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, 1,000 applicants will be selected for the 2017 alligator hunting season which begins Aug. 18 at sunset and ends Oct. 2 at sunrise.

In 2016, a total of 248 alligators were harvested with an average length of 8’4” and the longest gator measured 13”6.”

“Alligator hunting is a unique opportunity and Georgia is fortunate to have this valuable resource. I encourage all hunters to consider submitting an application,” said John Bowers, Chief of the Game Management Section. “As in years past, we expect to have thousands more applications that the 1,000 permits available, but you won’t ever get selected if you never apply!”

In Georgia, alligators typically live south of the fall line (a zone that roughly traverses the cities of Columbus, Macon and Augusta), occupying a variety of natural wetland habitats including marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds and lakes. Opportunistic carnivores, turtles and fish are their most common food, but they also eat small mammals, aquatic insects, crayfish, frogs, and water birds.

How to Apply

Applying for a Quota Hunt is simple. Visit www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com and select “Quota Hunts” and follow the steps to complete your application. Make sure that your email is current and correct in order to receive quota updates, confirmations or any notices about quota hunts.

Applicants can check their application status through their account after the July 31 deadline. Selected hunters will receive a temporary harvest tag and information packet by mail in early August.

For more information, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/Alligator.

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Melissa Cummings
Communications and Outreach Specialist

Wildlife Resources Division
(706) 557-3326 | M: (404) 323-9724

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