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SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/14/2016)

Dan Forster, recently retired Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), was recognized with the Seth Gordon Award, the highest honor given by the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA).

PHILADELPHIA (9/14/2016)

For 21 years, the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance has helped conserve Georgia’s rare plants. Tuesday, that legacy of work and leadership landed a rare honor.

TIFTON, Ga. (9/8/2016)

The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council will explore the vital role of prescribed burning done right at its annual meeting this month in Tifton.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/31/2016)


Archers will get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, Sept. 10, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/31/2016)

Headed to the woods for deer season? Hunters will have something new to remember, the reporting of all harvested deer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/31/2016)

Ever had an accident while hunting in a tree stand? You are not alone. Statistics each year reveal that almost half of all hunting incidents are due to falls or other safety issues with tree stands, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (8/30/2016)

The canoe launch located on the Chattahoochee River at Mossy Creek Access Area in north Hall County is scheduled to temporarily close beginning Mon. Sept. 12, 2016 to allow the use of heavy equipment in the area.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/29/2016)

Each year, the fourth Saturday of September brings National Hunting and Fishing Day. On this day, celebrated Sept. 24 this year, everyone can enjoy any of 10 FREE scheduled celebratory events, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/29/2016)

Ladies, if you are uncertain where to begin when thinking about outdoor activities, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is a great place to start! This program provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2016)

Do your Labor Day plans include throwing out some fishing line for your favorite catch? We have great news for you! For the first time in five years, Georgia Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) are scheduled to be open every Monday and Tuesday, beginning Labor Day Mon. Sept. 5.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/18/2016)

A redesigned version of Georgia's popular eagle-and-flag license plate is now available -- which is good news for wildlife conservation efforts the tag supports.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/18/2016)

Hunters, be sure to get online soon and get your quota application submitted for a Georgia deer hunt! An online quota application must be received before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/18/2016)

So, you completed the Hunter Education course - now what? Take your knowledge to the next level by attending a Hunter Education Field Day.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/17/2016)

Gather friends and family and get ready to head to the dove fields for the opening day of dove season. Who will be with you? The Georgia dove hunting season opens at noon on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/17/2016)

Hunters in need of the Georgia hunter education course  have two options - completely online or a classroom course, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/12/2016)

Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Mark Williams has announced the appointment of Rusty Garrison to serve as the Director of the Wildlife Resources Division of DNR.


YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. (8/12/2016)

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa has woven into its identity the legend of a giant turtle that saved Native Americans. Now the Young Harris resort can add another rare, if much smaller, turtle to its story.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/2/2016)

Beginning this month, the 2016-2017 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/27/2016)

Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, rabbit – all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them? If you are new to hunting or you have a young person in your home that has expressed an interest in hunting, we have a great weekend planned for you at a Georgia Hunt and Learn program! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/26/2016)

DNR is again offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade teacher in Georgia who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/18/2016)

Don’t miss your chance at a hunt like no other! Quota applications must be received by July 31 if you want a chance at hunting a Georgia gator.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/8/2016)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has made purchasing the licenses you need even easier. Anglers, or hunters, looking for the licenses that allow them to pursue a specific activity can now choose a compiled license “package.” 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/8/2016)

How about planning to catch your next meal? Fishing for catfish is a great way to put some delicious meals on the table. Whether you are an experienced angler, a newbie or just a casual fisherman, you can find fantastic catfishing opportunities in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/8/2016)

If a fishing trip is not on your summer list of “things to do,” you need to plan one! How do you pick a spot? You could start with one of Georgia’s available public fishing areas (PFA) to make that happen! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/8/2016)

It is hot and dry this summer in Georgia. This could potentially create a shortage of natural food sources for wildlife, including black bears. Why is this an issue? Because this could urge bears to seek out food in all the wrong places, including your back porch. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (7/8/2016)

Loggerhead sea turtles have crawled their way to a conservation milestone in Georgia, laying more than 2,800 nests so far this summer on the state’s barrier island beaches.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/6/2016)

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed hunting regulations for the 2016-2017 season at the new Alapaha River Wildlife Management Area and make plans to attend a scheduled public hearing.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/23/2016)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing a change to walleye fishing regulations at Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County.  This change would adjust the current walleye creel and possession limit from fifteen (15) to eight (8) fish.   

ALBANY, Ga. (6/23/2016)

Here is hoping that angler Kristen Brown is twice as excited over her catch of June 1, 2016. She holds the new state record shadow bass and it is the first time that shadow bass are recognized as eligible for state record status, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/16/2016)

Whether alone or with family and friends, fishing and hunting provides you with irreplaceable quality time and experiences. Now, you can rest assured you won’t miss a memory thanks to the new license auto-renew system.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/9/2016)

Hunters participating in the spring 2016 turkey season, which ended May 15, had something new to remember, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division - the reporting of all harvested turkeys. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/9/2016)

Completed Hunter Education - now what? Take your knowledge to the next level by attending a Hunter Education Field Day. These “hands-on” learning experiences give students a chance to build on the knowledge and skills gained in their initial hunter education course. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/8/2016)

The Flat Creek Public Fishing Area, Marben Farms Public Fishing Area (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center) and Red Top Mountain State Park have been recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing™ , whose Top 100 list was released leading up to National Fishing and Boating Week.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/8/2016)

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of habitats, with many of those locations in close proximity to people, such as open farmland, rural reservoirs, suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas. This ability to thrive sometimes leads to summertime frustration for landowners or land managers who may discover large areas of goose feathers and feces.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/1/2016)

Waterfowl hunters in Georgia can do something in June that they formerly were not able to - make season hunting plans. Thanks to a new earlier approval process by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were approved for the 2016-17 season by the Board of Natural Resources.  

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2016)

Garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear. The presence of available garbage encourages bears to change their normal movement patterns and “hang out” in non-traditional range areas. 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. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2016)

Georgia lakes, rivers and ponds are waiting and what better time to get outdoors than during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2016, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2016)

Fishing together with your child can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember! Don’t know how to fish? No problem. Visit one of the many upcoming kids fishing events scheduled for spring and summer! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/23/2016)

Beginning June 1, sportsmen and women can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 


ST. MARYS, Ga. (5/23/2016)

Another five manatees fitted with GPS transmitters are being tracked in Georgia, the second year of a project providing insight into how these rare mammals use estuarine waters near Kings Bay submarine base and along the rest of Georgia’s coast. The health of the manatees is also being documented.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/17/2016)

The disease that has killed some 6 million bats in North America hasn’t spared Georgia. Since white-nose syndrome was found here in 2013, the number of bats has declined sharply in caves and mines DNR surveys show.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/12/2016)

Twelve elementary-school children have been named statewide winners in the annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, the Department of Natural Resources and State Botanical Garden of Georgia announced today.

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WAYCROSS, Ga. (5/6/2016)

Two years ago, bait shops were quiet…eerily quiet. Why? Because the cricket bins were empty. That year marked one of the best fishing seasons ever on the Satilla and other South Georgia rivers. 2016 looks to rival that year for anglers seeking sunfish, so start stocking up on crickets now. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/6/2016)

Wildlife have an inherent fear of people with no interest in coming close to us. However, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Why? Because of easy access to “food.” 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/4/2016)

The loggerhead sea turtle nesting season in Georgia has started on time and, as the last two years, on Cumberland Island.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/28/2016)

More than 150 student archers from 13 Georgia elementary, middle and high schools recently participated in the second annual 2016 National Archery in the Schools ® International Bowhunters Organization Georgia 3D Challenge in Dublin, Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA (4/27/2016)

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the 2016 grantees of its State Innovative R3 Program Grants.

 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/27/2016)

Let your child explore their “wildness” learning about wildlife at a Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center summer camp. Camps accommodate ages 7-16 and offer everything from birding and wildlife activities, to shooting, to learning camping and survival skills.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/27/2016)

Another Georgia Youth Birding Competition, another birding record. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/22/2016)

As the weather warms, sightings of multiple types of wildlife potentially increase. This could include black bears that might be seen in or around your neighborhood this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/21/2016)

More than 200 bald eagle nests have been documented in Georgia for the second straight year, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/19/2016)

Join Glock, the leading global manufacturer of pistols, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ staff at a Women’s Handgun Class as part of the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman series. This workshop will take place June 24-26, 2016 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Ga.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/18/2016)

Come get “wild” at a free outdoor fun day celebrating the 20th annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia. This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 7, 2016.


FORSYTH, Ga. (4/18/2016)

As spring warms up, the number of snake-related calls and emails to DNR senior wildlife biologist John Jensen go up. But most center on two questions: What species is this and what do I do with it?

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/13/2016)

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed hunting regulations for the 2016-2017 season at the new Buck Shoals Wildlife Management Area and make plans to attend a scheduled public hearing. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/11/2016)

“Rescuing” an animal can sometimes cause more harm than good, even if done with the best of intentions. This is often the case when people come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (4/11/2016)

With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia’s coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals. Boat strikes are a leading cause of sea turtle strandings and manatee injuries and deaths.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (3/31/2016)

Ladies, bring your daughters and invite your girlfriends, this is the perfect summer getaway. The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman series has a workshop scheduled to take place July 22-25, 2016 on Sapelo Island. 


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (3/31/2016)

Georgia beaches are not only vacation hotspots, they’re top spots for nesting shorebirds and seabirds. Here's how you can help protect these birds and their young this spring and summer.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/29/2016)

More than 2,500 hunters fortunate enough to have gotten a gobbler during the 2016 turkey hunting season have become familiar with the requirement to log their bird on their harvest record and report that effort (within 72 hours) to Georgia Game Check, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/17/2016)

Hunters are eager for opening day of turkey hunting season in Georgia. The highly anticipated day is Saturday, Mar. 26 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2016 season should be a fair one.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/17/2016)

Heading to the woods to go turkey hunting requires more than just ensuring your firearms are ready. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages all hunters to review important turkey hunting safety tips.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/17/2016)

Hunters in need of the Georgia hunter education course  have two options - completely online or a classroom course, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/15/2016)

Make sure you put a trout fishing trip on your list of things to do this spring, especially since it is the time of year when trout raised in Georgia hatcheries start hitting the water. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to stock more than 80,000 trout during the last full week of March, with more than one million trout scheduled for stocking by the end of this year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2016)

Theft, illegal dumping plus the destruction of equipment, parking lots, amenities, signs and fencing briefly summarizes the damage done to various Department operated boating accesses sites across the state. It is estimated that repairs and clean up at these facilities costs anglers, hunters and boaters tens of thousands of dollars annually, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2016)

Georgia hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts now have a new cutting edge app to enhance their hunting and fishing activities, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2016)

Looking for a great place to get online fishing tips for Georgia reservoirs and rivers? Look no further than the updated fishing prospects on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division website.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/4/2016)

Youth and mobility-impaired hunters will have a chance to turkey hunt the weekend before the statewide turkey season opens. This special opportunity season is March 19-20, 2016.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/3/2016)
If you're a fan of Georgia's wildlife, there's no easier way to help conserve rare animals and plants in our state than by contributing through the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund tax checkoff when filing your income taxes. 

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/2/2016)

David Tannehill, a fisheries technician with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, recently was recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society as “Fishery Worker of the Year.” 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/1/2016)

Planning on getting a gobbler this year? Hunters heading to the woods for the upcoming turkey season will have something new to remember, the reporting of all harvested turkeys, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2016)

More than 40 anglers reeled in a 2015 Angler Award for outstanding catches, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2016)

Right now is the time to take advantage of some cool weather crappie fishing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2016)

If cold weather doesn’t keep you from the water, get ready to be rewarded with some great striped bass fishing. This time of year, it is common to catch five to 15-pounders, with the occasional landing of a 30-pounder or greater.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2016)

No matter your trout fishing skill – expert to beginner – you can find a great place to “wet a line,” according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/25/2016)

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird and can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, any increase in the goose population, especially in urban areas, typically brings an increase in nuisance complaints.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/25/2016)

More than 1,100 students from the top school archery teams in the state will compete March 4 in the annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia state tournament.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (2/23/2016)

Power companies, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and state and federal agencies came together today to conserve the sicklefin redhorse, a fish found in only six Appalachian counties worldwide and being considered for the federal endangered species list.

CLAYTON, Ga. (2/22/2016)

Angler Wes Carlton knows his walleye, and is awfully glad that he took time to go fish last week! Carlton, age 42, of Gainesville hooked the new state record walleye at Lake Rabun on Feb. 19. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/18/2016)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proud to announce that wildlife biologist Bobby Bond recently was honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) with the Joe Kurz Wildlife Manager of the Year award.  This national award comes on the heels of Bobby winning the State Chapter NWTF Award for “Wildlife Manager of the Year.”

PERRY, Ga. (2/16/2016)

Got a young artist residing in your home? Be sure to encourage them to enter the 18th annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art contest. This contest is open to kids in Grades K-12 but the deadline for entries is March 31

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– and you have to enter to win! 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/4/2016)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has partnered with four conservation organizations to fund a position dedicated to recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) of hunters and shooters.

  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/4/2016)

Looking for the ability to set challenges for others? Participants at an upcoming Adventures in Low Elements Workshop facilitated by Project Adventure and scheduled for April 15-17, 2016 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, will focus exclusively on adventure programming. Registration required by April 1, 2016.

 

ATLANTA, Ga. (2/1/2016)

Gov. Nathan Deal recognized Plum Creek, Georgia Power and CatchMark Timber Trust as 2015 Forestry for Wildlife Partners for their stewardship and land management practices benefiting Georgia wildlife on some 1 million acres.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2016)

Anglers can find the new 2016 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2016)

Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) biologist Bobby Bond recently received the honor of Wildlife Manager of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). 


FORSYTH, Ga. (1/8/2016)

The Georgia USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the GA Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) announce the availability of funding and technical assistance for landowners  to enhance habitat for bobwhite quail and other priority wildlife species.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/7/2016)
Registration is open online for the 11th annual Georgia Youth Birding Competition, a statewide birdathon set for April 22-23.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/7/2016)
Calling all kids who like birds and love to draw or paint: The T-shirt Art Contest in Georgia’s Youth Birding Competition is accepting submissions.
ATLANTA, Ga. (12/30/2015)

The Nature Conservancy and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce the protection of a 3,986 acre tract known as Altama along Georgia’s Altamaha River, in Glynn County near Interstate 95. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/29/2015)

The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities. One of these workshops, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is scheduled to take place Feb. 19-21 at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/23/2015)

Hunters visiting Tattnall County are able to take advantage of the late dove season and hunt on a private field thanks to the Voluntary Public Access program.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/15/2015)

Commercial fishermen can take to the water beginning at 6 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 1, 2016 for the opening day of shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Shad season runs through midnight on Thurs., Mar. 31, 2016.

 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (12/14/2015)

Looking for free family-friendly activities appropriate for all ages? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center offers fantastic and fun programming.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/7/2015)

Georgia’s nongame wildlife and natural habitats don’t depend on St. Nick. Conserving them depends mainly on you, the Georgians who enjoy them. Here are some gift tips that help wildlife.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/3/2015)

Outdoors enthusiast on your holiday gift list? Before heading to the stores, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants you to know about a gift that is just a “click” away to please all the hunters and anglers. Added bonus – this gift benefits the wildlife and wild places they enjoy.


MANSFIELD, Ga. (11/30/2015)

The Family Day at the Range series provides a perfect opportunity for those seeking information on firearms. This class series offers training courses for those that wish to learn or advance their knowledge of firearms, safety and also get the chance to shoot a variety of firearms. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/5/2015)

Teachers and students across the state are invited to honor Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by taking part in the 26th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/30/2015)

Looking for the ability to set challenges for others? Participants at an upcoming Adventures In Low Elements Workshop facilitated by Project Adventure and scheduled for Nov. 13-15, 2015 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, can focus exclusively on adventure programming.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/28/2015)

Leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp and cold and the north Georgia mountain streams are waiting for your next angling trip. Will that trip take you to one of the five delayed harvest trout streams opening Nov. 1?


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/28/2015)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding catches. Anglers who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species are eligible for a free Angler Award.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/26/2015)

Do you think you have what it takes to have your artwork chosen for the next plastic hunting and fishing license card? If so, be sure to enter into your design for all the bragging rights!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2015)

A Locust Grove teacher’s vision of turning students into nature explorers has earned a $1,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2015)

The sense of anticipation that comes prior to the opening day of firearms deer hunting season is a feeling that many will have this week. Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 17 and continuing until Jan. 10, 2016 statewide, hunters will have the chance to hit the woods in pursuit of white-tailed deer.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2015)

Hunting is a safe sport with only a small fraction of hunters ever involved in a hunting incident. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2015)

Every time a hunter or angler purchases a sporting license, or buys hunting and fishing equipment or related items, they are participating in a subtle, yet successful conservation program that has been at work for more than 75 years.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/8/2015)

The week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 10. Last year, more than 48,000 hunters participated in primitive weapons season, bringing in over 10,000 deer with black powder rifles.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/8/2015)

Hunters headed to the woods this weekend for the opening of primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 10-16, should first review safety information.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (10/8/2015)

For women curious to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but uncertain of how or where to begin, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2015)

Beginning Oct. 1, the Georgia hunter education course is available completely online, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (10/2/2015)

Make plans to attend an upcoming night of fun at the ‘Family Campfire’ event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center .

   The evening, scheduled from 7-9 p.m., will offer stories, games, a live animal presentation, and of course, s’mores!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/28/2015)

Looking for information about the deer rut in Georgia? Be sure to visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division statewide rut map (www.georgiawildlife.com/rut-map) for information.


ATHENS, Ga. (9/28/2015)

Fall is prime breeding season for deer across Georgia. It’s also when drivers are more likely to hit deer that run into the road, according to a new study from the University of Georgia.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/25/2015)

At this time of year, bears are preparing to den up for the winter, and in order to do so, are seeking large quantities of high-fat food to get them through the long, cold months.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/25/2015)

The 100-yard public firearms shooting range located at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia will temporarily close beginning Oct. 20, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2015)

Hunters, before you head to the woods this deer season, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants you to be aware of the following errors in the printed version of the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/4/2015)

 

Archers will get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, Sept. 12, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/4/2015)

Statistics each year reveal that almost half of all hunting incidents are due to falls or other safety issues with tree stands. Statistics each year reveal that almost half of all hunting incidents are due to falls or other safety issues with tree stands.  


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (9/2/2015)

More than 2,290 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been reported in Georgia this summer, the most since comprehensive surveys began in 1989 and the latest in a string of strong nesting seasons that point toward a recovery for the state's primary nesting marine turtle.

TIFTON, Ga. (9/2/2015)

The Georgia Prescribed Fire Council has set a high goal for its annual meeting in Tifton Sept. 29: Promote the vital role of prescribed burning for generations to come.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/31/2015)

No matter if you spend a lot of time outdoors or are brand new to such recreational activities, you will most certainly enjoy any of the many FREE celebratory events scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2015)

What field will you be at on the opening day of dove season? Who will be with you? The Georgia dove season opens at noon on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. What field will you be at on the opening day of dove season? Who will be with you? The Georgia dove season opens at noon on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2015)

Do you need a hunter education course before dove season arrives? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three options to help make the most of your time: by classroom, CD-Rom or online.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/17/2015)

Looking to participate in a deer quota hunt this fall? Be sure to get online soon! An online quota application must be received before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (8/14/2015)

If you describe yourself as an adventure, research or educational tree climber or interested in land-management/recreation – make plans to attend the Southeastern Tree Climbing Workshop scheduled for Sept. 10-13, 2015 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

FORSYTH, Ga. (8/14/2015)

The National Bobwhite Technical Committee, at their annual conference on August 5th 2015 in Galloway New Jersey, presented a Group Achievement Award and a Legacy Landscape Recognition to Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy (TTRS) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/13/2015)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and attendees of ICAST (International Convention of Sportfishing Trades) recently turned out in support of the Georgia Outdoor Industry Coalition partnership between public and private industry. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/13/2015)

Georgians can now explore, within seconds, the range and more of our most rare animals and plants using a web portal that blends the state wildlife agency's data with interactive maps to document the in-state ranges of more than 1,250 species.

THOMSON, Ga. (8/12/2015)

In July 1965, just over 50 years ago, former Governor Carl Sanders presided over the dedication ceremony for the first ever public fishing area in Georgia.  The area, located near Thomson, was named the McDuffie County Public Fishing Area. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/5/2015)

Fall hunting opportunities kick off in a popular way with the beginning of dove hunting season, with opening day scheduled for noon on Sat. Sept.  5. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/5/2015)

Beginning this month, the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/4/2015)

Fishing for catfish is a summertime tradition and a great way to put some delicious meals on the table. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/4/2015)

Summer would not be complete without a family and friends fishing trip, so plan a visit to one of Georgia’s available public fishing areas (PFA) to make that happen!  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/4/2015)

For hunters that applied for an alligator quota hunt - you may have received more than one email re: your hunt status.  Find out more here!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/24/2015)

Georgia DNR's Nongame Conservation Section is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher in Georgia who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (7/23/2015)

Although nest totals fell slightly from last year’s record high, Georgia Department of Natural Resources surveys documented strong wood stork nesting this spring and summer.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/17/2015)

Don’t wait!  If you want to get a chance at a Georgia gator, you have got to get your quota application in by July 31.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, 1,000 applicants will be selected for the 2015 alligator hunting season which begins Aug. 14 at sunset and ends Oct. 5 at sunrise.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/1/2015)

 

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced the recipients of its new State Innovative R3 Program Grants. The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department are the first three states to receive funds through this new grants program to support innovative and sustainable state marketing initiatives that focus on increasing fishing license sales and boat registrations through recruiting, retaining and reactivating (R3) anglers and boaters. 

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/22/2015)

Land is valuable – whether you own land, manage land or recreate on land.  It can provide benefits for the landowner by way of yielding crops and timber, benefit wildlife by providing habitat and a food source and benefit those that recreate by providing a fulfilling outdoors experience.  You can make that land even more valuable.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (6/22/2015)

For women curious to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but uncertain of how or where to begin, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.  One of these workshops, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is scheduled to take place Nov. 6-8 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/19/2015)

Garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear.  Bears will change their normal movement patterns and “hang out” in areas where there is an abundant supply of garbage, bird seed pet foods, and other non-natural food sources.  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. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/19/2015)

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of habitats, with many locations in close proximity to people, such as open farmland, rural reservoirs, suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.  This ability to thrive sometimes leads to summertime frustration for landowners or land managers who may discover large areas of goose feathers and feces. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/12/2015)
The draft of Georgia’s revised State Wildlife Action Plan will be the focus of three meetings scheduled for public comment early next month.
ST. MARYS, Ga. (6/11/2015)

Five manatees fitted with satellite transmitters mark the start of a project aimed at giving researchers a clearer picture of how these endangered mammals use the murky estuarine waters near the Kings Bay submarine base and along the rest of Georgia’s coast.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/3/2015)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and members of the hunting and shooting industry recently turned out in support of a Memorandum of Understanding at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Industry Summit in Savannah, GA as a continued commitment to wildlife conservation and the preservation of Georgia’s outdoor heritage, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (6/2/2015)

Four of Georgia’s State Parks have been recognized among the 2015 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/2/2015)
The guiding strategy for conserving Georgia's nongame wildlife needs you. Georgia DNR is seeking public comments until July 15 on a draft version of the revised State Wildlife Action Plan.
COCHRAN, Ga. (5/29/2015)

Nuisance wildlife issues send many a frustrated land owner in search of a solution.  An upcoming trapping workshop, presented by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia Trappers Association, will provide information on how to properly trap and remove nuisance wildlife from your land.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/27/2015)

The Board of Natural Resources recently approved proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2015-2017 hunting seasons. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/27/2015)

Beginning June 1, sportsmen and women can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.   

PERRY, Ga. (5/21/2015)

Summertime is travel time, so if you are looking for a fun day trip for the family or if your travel plans have you driving on I-75, make plans to visit the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia!  The center will offer extended hours for the summer and you can even reserve a special group visit. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/20/2015)

Fishing together with your child and family can build some powerful memories, so make this a summer to remember!  Don’t know how to fish?  No problem.  There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing assistance at the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/20/2015)

Make time to re-connect with your family by fishing and boating on any of the available lakes, rivers and ponds found in Georgia.  Need an excuse to get started?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to get outside during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, 2015.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (5/19/2015)

Does your child have a little “wild” in them?  Let them explore their wildness learning about wildlife at a Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center summer camp.  Camps accommodate ages 5-16 and offer everything from birding and wildlife activities, to shooting, to learning camping and survival skills. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/15/2015)

For the third consecutive year, two Georgia elementary archery teams placed in the top five in the nation at the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament.

ERWIN, TN (5/15/2015)

The Tennessee Valley Authority, working with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, has reached a multi-agency agreement to provide continued funding for three federal fish hatcheries that annually supply more than one million trout for TVA dam tailwaters and reservoirs in Tennessee and Georgia. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (5/12/2015)

As a hunter, angler or other outdoor enthusiast, you invest your time and your money in Georgia.  Your purchase of hunting and fishing licenses and related equipment make it possible for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to manage public hunting and fishing locations, conduct research, plant food plots, raise and stock millions of fish and more.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/12/2015)

Georgia’s beaches are not only vacation hotspots, in early spring and summer they’re top spots for nesting shorebirds.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/8/2015)

A few fish floating in a lake as large as Oconee may not raise interest.  However, when that turns into 1,000-1,500 dead fish, offices at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division – Fisheries Section start to get some calls.  Fortunately, the recent die-off of common carp seen currently at Oconee appears to be a natural occurrence.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/5/2015)

The loggerhead sea turtle nesting season in Georgia has started on time and, as last year, on Cumberland Island.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/5/2015)

With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia’s coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/4/2015)

Animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  Why? Because of easy access to “food.” 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (5/4/2015)

The weather is going to be perfect to be outside this weekend, so be sure to make plans to come experience an outdoor fun day at the 19th annual J.A.K.E.S. DAY at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia.  This free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 9. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/30/2015)

The potential for sightings of multiple types of wildlife increase as the weather warms up.  As such, black bears could be seen in or around your neighborhood this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (4/30/2015)

Trout season opened this past March, but unlike previous years, they will no longer have a closing date.  Beginning April 21, 2015, state trout streams will remain open year-round, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/29/2015)

Teams in Georgia's Youth Birding Competition set high marks for bird species seen or heard and conservation funds raised last weekend as the 10th annual event continued to spread its wings, and expand its impact for wildlife. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/23/2015)

Georgia will be well-represented at the 2015 National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament in May after more than 1,000 archers shot in this year’s Georgia-NASP State Tournament at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/22/2015)

Twelve elementary school children have been picked as statewide winners in Georgia's 25th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/22/2015)

Georgia DNR surveys this year documented the most bald eagle nests ever found in the state, more than 200 sites that show eagle nesting levels in Georgia continue to soar!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/17/2015)

There is a possibility that even with good intentions, “rescuing” an animal can sometimes cause more harm than good.  This is often the case when people come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/3/2015)

Four budding bird artists have been selected as T-shirt Art Contest winners in Georgia’s 10th annual Youth Birding Competition, the Department of Natural Resources announced today.
 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/27/2015)

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons and make plans to attend a scheduled public hearing.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/26/2015)

More than two decades after Georgia protected alligator snapping turtles from commercial trapping, these heavyweight turtles with lightning-quick jaws are struggling to rebound in a former river stronghold.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/24/2015)

Make sure you put a trout fishing trip on your list of things to do this spring, especially with the opening of seasonal trout streams beginning Sat., March 28, 2015. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (3/19/2015)

Join BPI Outdoors and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division at a free firearms workshop that highlights the use of suppressors. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/19/2015)

Looking for a great place to get online fishing tips for Georgia reservoirs and rivers?  Look no further than the updated fishing prospects on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division website. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/18/2015)

Atlanta’s fastest-flying family is in prime time again. A Department of Natural Resources camera at www.georgiawildlife.com/FalconCam is live-streaming peregrine falcons nesting at SunTrust Plaza Tower.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/16/2015)

Trout fishing opportunities for all fishing skill levels abound in Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/16/2015)

Anglers itching to be out on the water should try to catch some cool weather striped bass action. This time of year, it is common to catch five to 15-pounders, with the occasional landing of a 30-pounder or greater. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/16/2015)

With spring still about a week away, now is a great time to get out on the water and prepare to take advantage of some cool weather crappie fishing, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/16/2015)

More than 60 anglers reeled in a 2014 Angler Award for outstanding catches, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (3/13/2015)

Join Glock, the leading global manufacturer of pistols, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ staff at a Women’s Handgun Class as part of the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors Woman series.  This workshop will take place June 27-28, 2015 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Ga. 

DEMOREST, Ga. (3/12/2015)

Lafayette Christian School claimed top shooting honors in the High School Division at the fifth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament of 2015.  

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (3/12/2015)

Johnson County Middle claimed top shooting honors at the eighth and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament. 

Leesberg, Ga. (3/12/2015)

Lee County High School won its first regional title Saturday at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 7. 

VALDOSTA, Ga. (3/12/2015)

Terrell Academy’s Middle School team posted the highest overall score at the sixth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday at Pine Grove Middle School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2015)

Senior wildlife biologist John Jensen has received the the Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation from Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. The award honors a person in North America who shows extraordinary commitment to conserving reptiles, amphibians and their habitats.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2015)

Cluck. Purr. Gobble.  Have you been practicing your turkey calling skills?  Hunters eager for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia certainly have.  The highly anticipated day is Saturday, Mar. 21 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2015 season should be a fair one.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2015)

Hunters preparing to head to the woods for turkey season should be sure to review important turkey hunting safety tips, encourages the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2015)

Before you head to the woods for the opening of turkey season, do you need to complete a hunter education course? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/5/2015)

For the second year in Georgia, youth and mobility-impaired hunters will have a chance to turkey hunt the weekend before the statewide turkey season opens.  This special opportunity season is March 14-15, 2015. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/24/2015)

A high-tech research project helped along by a middle Georgia hunt club recently began tracking one of the state’s most rare raptors – a golden eagle.

 

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/19/2015)

Dodge County High School took top shooting honors at the fourth of eight Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday at Charlton County High School. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (2/16/2015)

Interested in developing a writing career or becoming involved in communication about the outdoors?  An all-day seminar, “Becoming an Outdoor Communicator,” is scheduled for March 7, 2015 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/16/2015)

Before hot weather arrives, you can take preventative measures to ensure you do not have nuisance Canada geese issues this summer.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (2/12/2015)

The 50-yard public firearms shooting range located at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia will temporarily close beginning Feb. 23, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

ATLANTA (2/11/2015)

Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners today -- CatchMark Timber Trust, Plum Creek and Georgia Power -- for their stewardship and land management practices benefiting wildlife.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/10/2015)

Bagley Middle School out of Chatsworth clinched its place in Perry by posting the top overall team score at the third Georgia-National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/10/2015)

Loganville Middle School took top shooting honors at the first of eight Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday at Loganville High School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/9/2015)

Jones County High School took top shooting honors at the first of eight Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday in their home gym. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/29/2015)

Young Georgians who like birds or love to draw or paint will love the Youth Birding Competition's T-shirt Art Contest!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/29/2015)

Georgia’s Youth Birding Competition, set for April 25-26, marks a decade of connecting young people with wildlife and conservation.


 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/23/2015)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing changes to fishing regulations.  The proposed changes would remove the ‘mountain’ trout season and open all trout water to year-round angling.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2015)
Do you love Georgia wildlife? Help conserve rare plants and animals by contributing through the Wildlife Conservation Fund checkoff when filing your state tax return. Giving is easy and every amount helps!

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2015)

Coyote. The word can bring a multitude of reactions – curiosity, respect, fear, suspicion - depending on your level of interaction with this animal.   A new multi-agency study, scheduled to begin in 2015, will help answer many coyote-related questions.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/6/2015)

Here is to hoping you are ready for the new year with lots of planned fishing trips!  Anglers can find the new 2015 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (1/6/2015)

Looking to begin or go beyond the basics relative to firearms shooting, but not sure where to start?  The Family Day at the Range series provides a perfect opportunity, offering training courses for those that wish to learn or advance their knowledge of different types of firearms.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/23/2014)

Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of hunting regulations for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 hunting seasons.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/19/2014)

Fishing, boating access and camping opportunities are activities available at the  Morgan Lake tract, located adjacent to and managed as part of the Griffin Ridge Wildlife Management Area, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (12/16/2014)

The season’s first sighting of North Atlantic right whales on the Georgia coast underscores the fact that Georgia and north Florida are the only known calving grounds for these endangered whales.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/16/2014)

Commercial fishermen can take to the water beginning at 6 a.m. on January 1, 2015 to take advantage of the opening day of shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).  Shad season runs through midnight on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/16/2014)

Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to honor Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 25th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/9/2014)

Georgia’s wildlife and natural habitats don’t depend on St. Nick. Conserving these wild creatures and wild places depends largely on you. This holiday season, here's how you can give wildlife a chance.

PERRY, Ga. (12/8/2014)

Everyone likes to fish, even Santa!  The North Pole will have to wait, because Santa is traveling down to Perry for some fishing at the Go Fish Education Center before his big night! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/4/2014)

Need a gift for that family member that loves the outdoors?  Before you head to the stores, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division wants you to know that there are gifts to please all the hunters and anglers that are just a click away, and they also benefit the wildlife and wild places they enjoy. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/2/2014)

Following a hunt at a wildlife management area (WMA), have you ever wondered about the final results?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have the results of all WMA hunts in the state at your fingertips when planning your season?  Now you can, and it is only a few clicks away! 

NASHVILLE, TN (11/24/2014)

Shafts of early morning sun filter through forest cover in the Appalachian Highlands. The sunlight catches a glint of swirling line as an angler casts for brook trout in a recently restored stream. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/21/2014)

Landowners are working hard in the hills and mountains of Talbot, Upson and Meriwether counties to restore something rare – montane longleaf pine ecosystems.

DONALSONVILLE, Ga. (11/21/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division along with officials from Seminole County today dedicated the Reynolds Landing Boat Ramp in Seminole County, giving boaters and anglers improved access to Lake Seminole and providing opportunity to host large-scale fishing tournaments, a known economic boost for local communities. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/14/2014)

National recognition comes well-deserved forJohn W. Bowers, game management chief of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, who recently was recognized by The Wildlife Society (TWS) with the annual Special Recognition Service Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/13/2014)

Cooling fall temperatures have whitetail deer on the move, giving deer hunters the perfect opportunity to participate in the Georgia Hunters For The Hungry program. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (11/6/2014)

Make plans to attend an upcoming night of fun at the ‘Family Campfire’ event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15 at  the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.   The evening, scheduled from 7-9 p.m., will offer music, a live animal presentation, skits and of course, s’mores! 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (11/3/2014)

Currently, trout streams are designated either seasonal or year-round.  But, what if that designation were to change?  Agency staff recently evaluated the effects of removing the “trout season” entirely and opening all trout waters to year-round fishing. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (10/30/2014)

Two years’ worth of photographing and trapping raccoons, feral hogs and other predators at American oystercatcher nest sites is providing needed insight into how and when controlling predators can help these rare red-beaked shorebirds.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (10/29/2014)

Are trout streams calling you to go fish Georgia?  Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state and beginning on November 1, fishing on five delayed harvest trout streams will open, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2014)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding catches. Anglers who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species are eligible for an Angler Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/24/2014)

With the likelihood of a deer-car collision in Georgia estimated at one out of every 134 drivers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division advises motorists to exercise caution on the roads this fall season – a time of peak deer activity.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (10/16/2014)

For women who are curious to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but uncertain of how or where to begin, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/16/2014)

Tree stand use is popular with hunters during deer season.   However, with falls or other incidents accounting for almost half of all hunting incidents, improper or unsafe use of a tree stand can cause you to become a hunting incident statistic.  So, be smart and be safe when using a tree stand.  

FORSYTH, Ga. (10/16/2014)

Keep your hummingbird feeders up as temperatures drop this fall and winter. That’s the suggestion of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologists, who say some visiting hummers winter here and benefit from the nourishment feeders provide.

ATLANTA, Ga. (10/14/2014)

Boars. Wild hogs. Feral Pigs.  No matter the term, hogs can be a big problem. Especially for landowners who depend on their property to supply crops that provide for their livelihood.  Hunters Helping Farmers is a new program combining the efforts of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help alleviate the agricultural and financial damage caused by these non-native invasive pests. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/10/2014)

A Savannah teacher’s vision of creating an outdoor classroom for teaching wetland biodiversity has earned a $1,000 Teaching Conservation grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (10/6/2014)

Educational and recreational improvements at Ohoopee Dunes Wildlife Management Area, one of Georgia’s most unique sites for natural communities, will be celebrated in an Oct. 14 ceremony at the WMA near Swainsboro.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

Fall has officially arrived in Georgia, bringing with it shorter days, cooler temperatures and the start of the firearms deer hunting season.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division reminds all hunters to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

Although many Georgia hunters and anglers may not realize it, every time that they purchase a sporting license, hunting and fishing equipment or related items, they are participating in a subtle, yet successful, conservation program that has been at work for more than 75 years. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

This hunting season the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remind hunters that safety remains at the core of America’s hunting traditions.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2014)

Black powder rifles, and bows and arrows. These are the weapons of choice during the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season beginning Saturday, Oct. 11. Over 48,000 hunters participated in last year’s primitive weapons season, bringing in over 11,000 deer with black powder rifles. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2014)

Primitive weapons, like all firearms, should be handled with care. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, hunters participating in the upcoming primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 11-17, should be aware of the specific safety precautions that are required when using primitive weapons, such as muzzleloaders. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/29/2014)

Don’t worry football fans, we are not talking about a combination of a bulldog and a gamecock.  But, what is a Carolina dog?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is pleased to have an upcoming educational session, scheduled for Oct. 4 to answer that question, and allow participants to see these fascinating dogs in the flesh! 

PERRY, Ga. (9/25/2014)

Grab a cooler and some ice! The Go Fish Education Center is opening its fishing pond for the October Catfish Harvest one week early this year. 

TIFTON, Ga. (9/22/2014)

In addition to the current 480 acres of water open to fishing, Paradise Public Fishing Area (Berrien County) will re-open the 28-acre Horseshoe 5 lake at sunrise on October 1, 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

TIFTON, Ga. (9/19/2014)

Promoting the vital role of controlled burning is on the agenda for the annual meeting of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council. The meeting is Sept. 25 in Tifton.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/18/2014)

Hunters, ever asked yourself “when does the rut happen in my part of the state?”  If so, you are in luck.  Staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently updated the statewide rut map (www.georgiawildlife.com/rut-map) with brand new information and it is ready for you! 

PERRY, Ga. (9/15/2014)

A new underwater camera at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry is streaming video of some of Georgia’s most popular sport fishing species live and in high definition.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

You will find fun events, plenty of activities and recognition geared for outdoor enthusiasts at one of the many FREE celebrations scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Recent proposed changes to Georgia fishing regulations regarding bass length limits were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources and will become effective as of Sept. 17, 2014.  Areas affected include Lake Oconee, the lower Ocmulgee River and upper Flint River. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is time to prepare for a favorite time of year for many hunters.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, archers get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, Sept. 13. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Don’t forget to print a new deer harvest record and have it with you as you head to the woods on the opening day of deer season, reminds the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Tree stand use is popular with hunters during deer season.   However, with falls or other incidents accounting for almost half of all hunting incidents, improper or unsafe use of a tree stand can cause you to become a hunting incident statistic.  So, be smart and be safe when using a tree stand.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Deer archery season begins on Sat., Sept. 13 – do you need a hunter education class?  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/3/2014)

Make your plans!  Waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations have been approved for the 2014-2015 season by the Board of Natural Resources.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/29/2014)

Have satellite, will travel and luckily, will provide data.  Mottled ducks along the Georgia coast are being outfitted with satellite transmitters in a new, cooperative research project between the University of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/25/2014)

A snake disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/22/2014)

September is rapidly approaching, do you know where you will be on opening day of dove season and who is headed out with you?  The Georgia dove season opens at noon on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/22/2014)

Do you need a hunter education course before dove season arrives?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three options to help make the most of your time:  by classroom, CD-Rom or online. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2014)

The Georgia Bat Working Group’s first Bat Blitz is set for Sept. 4-7 at Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County. Included is a Sept. 5 presentation for the public on bat conservation.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (8/15/2014)

Migratory bird season is rapidly approaching – are you confident in your shooting skills on quick-moving targets?  If you are looking for a little coaching, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has a great 4-day workshop, “Improving Wing Shooting Proficiency,” scheduled at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley during September. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/15/2014)

Hunters wishing to apply for a chance at a deer quota hunt need to get online soon!  An online quota application must be in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

GENEVA, Ga. (8/11/2014)

Congressman Sanford Bishop, Mark Williams, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Deron Davis, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, joined Garrison Commander Col. Michail Huerter and other officials from Fort Benning, representatives from Marion and Talbot counties and other partners recently at a ceremony to announce the opening of the Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This 10,800-acre tract spans north central Marion County and southern Talbot County near Columbus. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/11/2014)

It’s another sporting opportunity of a lifetime! Georgians have the chance to win a lifetime hunting and fishing license in the next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation. Starting August 11, 2014, participants can fill out an entry form by visiting the Wildlife Resources Division Facebook page...

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/6/2014)

As the summer begins to fade, sportsmen begin to look for fall hunting opportunities, and luckily, dove season is right around the corner with opening day scheduled for noon on Sat. Sept.  6. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/1/2014)

The 2014-2015 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/31/2014)

Ecologist and longtime conservation leader Dr. Jon Ambrose has been named chief of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section.

 

ATLANTA, Ga. (7/29/2014)

Catching a big fish is awesome, how about if the first fish you catch that day is a new state record?   Chad Doughty, age 27, of Winder hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam on July 27.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/28/2014)

Looking for a fishing day trip to round out your summer adventures?  Then plan a visit to one of Georgia’s public fishing areas (PFA). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/28/2014)

Anytime is a great time to go fishing, as most anglers already know.  However, fishing for catfish is a summertime tradition. Experienced angler, newbie or just the casual fisherman can find fantastic cat-fishing opportunities in Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/25/2014)

WRD is seeking to continue integrating public involvement by asking for your comments on the Draft of Georgia’s 10-year Deer Management Plan.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/23/2014)

Hunting alligators may be an experience unlike any other adventure.  To participate, however, you need to get your online quota application in before midnight July 31.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/3/2014)

 

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. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (6/26/2014)

Surveys this spring by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division documented a new high for wood stork nests in the state.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/26/2014)

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. 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (6/25/2014)

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.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/25/2014)

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. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/17/2014)

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.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/13/2014)

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. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/11/2014)

A new Department of Natural Resources project is enlisting Georgians to help monitor bats in their area this summer.

WAYCROSS, Ga. (6/10/2014)

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.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/6/2014)

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. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (6/4/2014)

If you are looking to initiate or increase knowledge about wildlife conservation and its instruction, make plans to attend the Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School, or OWLS, scheduled for July 14-18, 2014 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/3/2014)

Georgia DNR's Nongame Conservation Section is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher who shows exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/23/2014)

Beginning June 1, sportsmen and women of all ages can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2014)

Bald eagle populations have soared to new highs in Georgia. Preliminary results from DNR aerial surveys show 188 occupied nesting territories, 148 successful nests and 235 young fledged, the most in each category since this iconic raptor became nearly extinct through much of its range some 40 years ago.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/19/2014)

What are you doing for the Memorial Day weekend?  If it involves heading to a local lake, you will be joining thousands on the water to celebrate.  When making your plans, be sure to include time to review rules and regulations of safe boating. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (5/16/2014)

Georgia aster is a Southern plant that has been in decline for decades and on the verge of federal protection. Yet, organizations stepped up today to conserve the plant in an effort that should keep it off the endangered species list.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/15/2014)

Nineteen teams and more than 400 shooters from Georgia competed at the recently held National Archery in the Schools National Competition which saw a world-record 10,443 archers from 40 states shoot during the three-day tournament in Louisville.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/14/2014)

Not an experienced angler?  No problem.  There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing fishing assistance at any of the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/14/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to get outside during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-8, 2014.  

KNOXVILLE, TN (5/14/2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (the Agencies) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to receive input on long-term funding recommendations under consideration by the Agencies that will continue popular trout stocking programs in reservoirs and tailwaters of certain TVA dams across the region. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/12/2014)

As part of the nationwide National Safe Boating Week, Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is working with partner organizations, such as the National Safe Boating Council to encourage safe and responsible boating, including the practice of always wearing a life jacket, and being alert and aware while on the water. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/12/2014)

Four deceased conservation rangers of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be honored in a special ceremony on May 19 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/12/2014)

Let the sea turtle nesting season begin! On May 9, a National Park Service wildlife biologist on Cumberland Island reported Georgia’s first loggerhead nest of 2014.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/7/2014)

Getting ready for a summer vacation on Georgia’s coast? Remember that while your family will be enjoying the beach, many wildlife species -- including beach-nesting birds -- depend on it.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/7/2014)

With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia’s coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/6/2014)

Twelve elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Almost 2,500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 21 public schools, private schools and homeschool groups participated in the annual conservation art competition.

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (5/6/2014)

Anglers are regularly reporting big bass catches at this Laurens County PFA, so the recent implementation of a protective 16”-24” slot limit comes at a great time as it will continue to make this area a prime location for producing quality trophy largemouth bass. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/6/2014)

A conservation-minded partnership has preserved 2,700 acres of wildlife habitat in southeast Georgia’s Jeff Davis County, opening to the public a place valued for its recreational opportunities and rare species.

ATLANTA, Ga. (4/30/2014)

DNR is live-streaming Atlanta’s fastest-flying family again! Watch as the pair of peregrine falcons raise their eyas at  www.georgiawildlife.com/FalconCam.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/30/2014)

What makes an animal a “nuisance?”  Most wildlife never comes close to people.  In fact, many people enjoy seeing such animals and believe that having them nearby adds value to their land.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/29/2014)

Young Georgia birders set event records for bird species seen or heard, from warblers to woodpeckers, during the annual Youth Birding Competition held Friday and Saturday.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/22/2014)

Don’t come alone – be sure to bring the whole family, and some friends, to experience this entertaining outdoor fun day!  The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 10 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/22/2014)

There is a certain satisfaction in the thought of “rescuing” something that appears helpless.  However, the act of rescuing can sometimes cause more harm than good. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/18/2014)

Don’t be surprised if black bears are added to the list of wildlife seen in or around your neighborhood this spring and summer.  

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (4/17/2014)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/16/2014)

Georgia’s young archers keep getting better and the scores keep going up. That was never more evident than at the recent eighth annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia State Tournament as 857 NASP archers from 44 schools competed at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. 

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (4/14/2014)

Georgia’s wildlife license plates will soon cost less and provide more support for conserving Georgia wildlife, from bald eagles to bobwhite quail.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/3/2014)

Nearly 900 students in grades 4-12 have qualified for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament, set for April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/31/2014)

Dot Kay, environmental education coordinator at McDuffie Environmental Education Center, has been named the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's PreK-16 Formal Educator of the Year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/24/2014)

Cpl. Jeremy Bolen recently was selected as the 2013 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/24/2014)

Four budding bird artists have been chosen as T-shirt Art Contest winners in Georgia’s Youth Birding Competition. Meanwhile, teams have until only March 31 to register for the April 25-26 birding competition!

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/21/2014)

Plenty of trout are being stocked in north Georgia cold-water streams as anglers prepare for the opening day of seasonal trout streams Sat., March 29, 2014. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/14/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Springtime hunters are eagerly preparing for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Hunters preparing to head to the woods for turkey season should be sure to review important turkey hunting safety tips, encourages the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Do you need a hunter education course before turkey season arrives? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Conserve the rare animals and plants that help make our state great by contributing to the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund checkoff when filing your state income taxes.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

More than 25 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division with a 2013 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

Georgia’s online fishing prospects give anglers of all skill levels in-depth information detailing 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers in one convenient location - www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/opportunities

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

The weather still has a chill to it, meaning it is the right time to get great results for crappie fishing.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division will make it even easier for anglers willing to brave the weather by sharing some current hot spots for cool weather crappie. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

Anglers anxious to get out on the water should prepare themselves for some cold weather striped bass action. This time of year, it is common to catch five to 15-pounders, with the occasional landing of a 30-pounder or greater. 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

Georgia’s nearly 4,000 miles of streams are host to some of the Southeast’s finest trout-angling opportunities, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2014)

Two individuals, one volunteer and one conservation ranger, have been selected as Hunter Education Instructors of the Year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/7/2014)

Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners Thursday for their stewardship in land management and practices benefiting Georgia’s wildlife on some 1 million acres.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/5/2014)

Partners including Georgia DNR, coastal counties and local and federal agencies have produced an aerial imagery dataset of coastal Georgia that offers the most high-resolution look yet at the region and will be used for everything from county planning to wildlife conservation.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (3/4/2014)

Bulloch Academy’s Middle School archery squad took top shooting honors back to Statesboro at the seventh and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday. 

VALDOSTA, Ga. (3/4/2014)

Hahira Middle School was the highest overall scoring team at the sixth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday at Pine Grove Middle School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/3/2014)

For the first time in Georgia, youth and mobility-impaired hunters will have a chance to turkey hunt the weekend before the statewide turkey season opens.  This special opportunity season is March 15-16, 2014. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/3/2014)

Three fisheries personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently were recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, with two of them tying for “Fishery Worker of the Year.”  

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (2/28/2014)

Yuchi Wildlife Management Area, a 7,800-acre area, is located in one of the most severely impacted counties, Burke County.

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (2/26/2014)

The only sense of urgency you might find at Panic Pond after this Saturday will be from anglers scrambling for the camera to capture a photo of their latest lunker catch, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (2/26/2014)

Interested in developing a career in writing or communicating about the outdoors?  A free all-day seminar, “How to Become an Outdoor Communicator,” is scheduled for March 11, 2014 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

DEMOREST, Ga. (2/25/2014)

Lafayette Christian School claimed top shooting honors in the High School Division at the fifth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament of 2014.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/20/2014)

A young North Atlantic right whale is swimming easier after wildlife biologists cut away most of the 100-plus yards of fishing rope the animal was dragging. The multi-agency response highlights the need to prevent entanglements in commercial fishing gear, a chronic problem for these endangered whales.

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (2/19/2014)

Dodge County High School claimed top shooting honors at the fourth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/19/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division recently selected Col. Eddie Henderson as the Law Enforcement 2013 Supervisor of the Year. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/19/2014)

Catching poachers and other wildlife violators often involves lengthy criminal investigations and requires diligence and dedication on behalf of conservation rangers.  RFC David Webb, representing Towns County, was named Investigative Ranger of the Year for demonstrating true devotion to investigative work, which included a multi-year, multi-agency, complex case.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/18/2014)

Georgia’s outdoor enthusiasts can get another glimpse into the outdoors through the eyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources staff by following our new Instagram profile at www.instagram.com/georgiawildlife.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2014)

Teachers and students are invited to celebrate Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the statewide Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2014)

Registration is open for Georgia’s annual Youth Birding Competition, an event that is making an impact on birding and wildlife conservation.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2014)

Hey, kids! Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s ninth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/14/2014)

With many Georgians experiencing power outages and other challenges this past week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division decided to extend the turkey quota hunt application deadline through 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2014. 

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (2/11/2014)

Bagley Middle School out of Chatsworth clinched its place in Perry by posting the top overall team score at the third Georgia-National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday. 

LEESBURG, Ga. (2/11/2014)

Lake Park Elementary School in Albany won its first regional title Saturday at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 2. 

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (2/10/2014)

Loganville Middle School took top shooting honors at the first of seven Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday at Loganville High School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2014)

Exhibiting exceptional enthusiasm for the management of wild turkey is one way to describe the recently honored Wildlife Manager of the Year, John Adams.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/10/2014)

Anglers can find the new 2014 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/8/2014)

Live-streamed video of Georgia’s best-known bald eagles can now also be seen on the website of Georgia’s best-known wildlife agency, thanks to Berry College.

ATLANTA, Ga. (1/6/2014)

It’s another sporting opportunity of a lifetime! Georgians have the chance to win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide. The next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation begins Jan. 6, 2014.


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