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Old 10-03-18, 12:25 PM   #1
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Default Primitive Weapons Season & Safety; Public Meetings for Bear Mgmt Plan Scheduled

This PSA brought to you by DNR/WRD!


Following are three 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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SUMMARY OF RELEASES
1. GEORGIA HUNTERS: PRIMITIVE WEAPONS DEER HUNTING SEASON OPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
2. HUNTERS ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW SAFETY TIPS FOR USING PRIMITIVE WEAPONS DURING DEER SEASON
3. PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS DRAFT STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR BLACK BEARS IN GEORGIA


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GEORGIA HUNTERS: PRIMITIVE WEAPONS DEER HUNTING SEASON OPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2018) ***–The week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 13. Last year, almost 41,000 hunters took to the woods with muzzleloaders, bringing in more than 6,400 deer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

“Primitive weapons season allows hunters with select equipment to get into the woods before firearms season starts,” said Charlie Killmaster, state deer biologist with the WRD Game Management Section. “Remember, once you harvest a deer, be sure to report that harvest through Georgia Game Check. Deer can be checked on the Outdoors GA app, which you can use even without cell service, or at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, or by calling 1-800-366-2661.”

More than one million acres of public hunting land is available to hunters in Georgia, including more than 100 state-operated wildlife management areas. Many areas offer special hunts throughout the season, including primitive weapons hunts. Dates and locations for hunts are available in the 2018-2019 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide (http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations).

“Don’t forget that during primitive weapons season, youth under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm, including during any wildlife management area primitive weapons hunts,” said Killmaster.

Looking for information on the county you wish to hunt? Hunters can check out an interactive map to see available opportunities available. More info at http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/deer-opportunities.

During the primitive weapons season, hunters may use archery equipment, muzzleloading shotguns (20 gauge and larger) and muzzleloading firearms (.44 caliber or larger).

The season bag limit is 10 antlerless deer and two antlered deer (one of the antlered deer must have at least four points, one inch or longer, on one side of the antlers). Special regulations apply to archery-only counties and extended archery season areas.

All deer hunters, including archers, are required to wear a minimum of 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during primitive weapons season. Scopes and other optical sighting devices are legal for muzzleloading firearms and archery equipment.

To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. Licenses can be purchased online at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (list of agents available online).

For more information on deer hunting seasons, regulations, licenses and WMA maps, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HUNTERS ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW SAFETY TIPS FOR USING PRIMITIVE WEAPONS DURING DEER SEASON

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2018) – Hunters getting ready for the opening day of primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 13, should first review safety information.

Primitive weapons, such as muzzleloaders, have specific safety use rules, beyond general firearms safety, that should be reviewed each year before heading to the woods. Following are recommendations to ensure a safe experience:

  • Never smoke in the proximity of a muzzleloader.
  • Use an intermediate device, such as a measure, to pour powder into a barrel.
  • Keep flask and powder containers away from flames and sparks to prevent an accidental explosion.
  • Use only powders specific to each muzzleloader and recommended by that firearms manufacturer.
  • Place percussion cap on nipple only when ready to shoot.
  • The gun is safely unloaded only after removing the bullet, powder and percussion cap. If using a flintlock muzzleloader, remove the bullet and powder, and un-prime the flash pan.
  • Use the recommended loading materials, the correct powder charge, the right diameter and weight bullet and the correct lead material.
  • Treat a misfire as though the gun could fire at any moment.
  • Make sure the projectile is firmly seated on the powder before capping and firing.
  • Never blow down the barrel of a muzzleloader to clear or extinguish sparks.
  • Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Read the owner’s manual and be familiar with its operation before using a muzzle-loading firearm.
  • Handle every gun as if it was loaded.
  • Make sure the gun is unloaded before attempting to clean it.
  • Do not use alcohol or drugs while handling a firearm.

All hunters, including archers, must wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange above the waist during the primitive weapons season.

To pursue deer in Georgia, hunters must have a valid hunting license, a big game license and a current deer harvest record. Licenses can be purchased online at www.GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at a license agent (list of agents available online).

For more information on hunting safety, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/huntersafetytips.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS DRAFT STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR BLACK BEARS IN GEORGIA
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2018) – Hunters and other interested persons are encouraged to attend any of three upcoming public meetings regarding the draft Strategic Management Plan for Black Bears in Georgia (copy available at https://georgiawildlife.com/bear-info).

“This long term strategic plan was developed to ensure the long-term conservation of Georgia’s black bear population through science-based decision-making and biologically-sound management principles to provide sustainable harvest opportunities and promote the black bear’s intrinsic value in Georgia’s natural landscape while minimizing human-bear conflicts,” says Adam Hammond, state bear biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

October 16, 2018
Go Fish Education Center (1255 Perry Parkway, Perry GA)

October 17, 2018
Blue Ridge EMC (875 Main Street East, Young Harris, GA)

October 18, 2018
Ware County Courthouse (800 Church Street, Waycross GA)

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., Nov. 5, 2018):

· Statements may be electronically submitted at: http://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings
· 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.

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Tina Johannsen at 706-557-3350.

For more information, visit http://georgiawildlife.com/regulations/meetings.

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Melissa Cummings
Communications and Outreach Specialist

Wildlife Resources Division
(706) 557-3326 | M: (404) 323-9724
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Old 10-12-18, 09:06 PM   #2
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I’ll be hunting with my muzzleloader in the morning!
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...I have an atlatl and a six foot lance...is that legal...?

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...interesting, Russ...the only time I have ever tried it was near Seale , AL on a guy's farm...I hit a bale of hay from 60 feet away...I was training to kill a wild hog...didn't work out...such is life...!

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...interesting, Russ...the only time I have ever tried it was near Seale , AL on a guy's farm...I hit a bale of hay from 60 feet away...I was training to kill a wild hog...didn't work out...such is life...!

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Only state I know of. Spear hunting is also legal. There was a video clip of a guy spear hunting bear in Canada. He jumped out of tree and drove the spear in. Needless to say, its a funny video and body parts were harmed.
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