Happening This Month - July 2014
Hunters, mark your calendars! It's time to apply for quota hunts. June 1 the application period opens.
Summer is a great time to visit a DNR firearms or archery range. Check in on Foursquare when you go.
Summer is here. Be safe when boating and fishing this season, and don't forget to Wear It Georgia!
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division is making clear their goals on the state waterways for the busy July 4th holiday weekend. They plan to make no boating under the influence (BUI) arrests, work no drownings or boating incidents and plan to see that everyone enjoys themselves and goes home safely. However, if their goals are to become a reality, boaters and swimmers must embrace the three C’s – Compliance, Caution and Common sense.
Surveys this spring by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division documented a new high for wood stork nests in the state.
Three proposed fishing regulation changes will be the topic of several upcoming public hearings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Angler Jimmy Tucker knows that a day of fishing in Georgia can be well worth it, and next time he will be sure to have a net to make it a little easier! Tucker, age 55, of Statenville hooked the new state record bowfin on the Suwannee River on June 21.
Easily accessible garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear. They like it so much that they will stay in areas where an easy supply of garbage “food” can be found. What can you do? One of the first and most important things to do is to stash your trash to resolve potential human-bear conflicts.
The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.
Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water. Don’t know how to canoe? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered June 21, 2014 and again on July 19, 2014.
A new Department of Natural Resources project is enlisting Georgians to help monitor bats in their area this summer.
Spotted sunfish, also called “stumpknockers,” present a fun fishing challenge for anglers. Ryan Kersey can attest to that! Kersey, age 39, of Swainsboro, Ga., also knows that the effort was well worth it as he reeled in a tie to the current state-record spotted sunfish from the Satilla River on June 4, 2014.
How important is boater education? So important that beginning July 1st, completion of a boater education course will become mandatory for all vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1998.
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