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Press Release

Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Georgia State Capitol

ATLANTA, Ga. (2/7/2012)

It is going to get a little wild at the Georgia Capitol this Wednesday as sportsmen’s groups and coastal conservation groups from the around the state gather to meet with state leaders for “Sportsmen’s and Coastal Day at the Capitol.” 

“This is our 11th annual sportsmen’s event at the Capitol and we are excited to have this opportunity to talk about the impact that our sportsmen and women have on our state including directly supporting more than 31,000 jobs and generating more than $3 billion annually,” said Scott Tanner, the event organizer. “We also are pleased to add the recognition of ‘Coastal Day’ to this event to highlight the more than $2 billion annually that this area generates in tourism dollars as well as the state’s saltwater fishing industry.”

A broad spectrum of sportsmen’s and conservation groups will participate with displays, educational materials, interactive activities and live animals.  Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources and Coastal Resources Divisions will participate in the event. 

Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston are scheduled to speak at the event at 9:00 a.m.  

“This event is an opportunity for the sportsmen of Georgia to say thank you to the legislators for their leadership and support in defending and advancing hunting, fishing, and conservation issues,” said Jennifer Lundy, State Caucus Manager for the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.  “Because of our legislative leadership, Georgia has abundant animal populations that provide our citizens with unrivaled opportunities for recreation and commerce.”  

“I’m proud to participate in Sportsmen’s and Coastal Day at the Capitol,” said Mark Williams, Georgia DNR Commissioner.  “Hunting, fishing and our coast are not only economic engines in our state, but they also improve our quality of life.  I want to thank all of our sportsmen and partners on the coast for all they do for conservation in Georgia.”

For more information about hunting and fishing opportunities in Georgia, visit www.georgiawildlife.com. For more information about coastal fishing and recreational opportunities, visit www.coastalgadnr.org.


2012 Sportsmen’s Day Participants

  • Trout Unlimited
  • Georgia Canine Coalition
  • Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Georgia Wildlife Federation
  • Camo Coalition
  • Quality Deer Mgt Association
  • Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Council
  • National Rifle Association
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Georgia Trappers Association
  • Coastal Conservation Association
  • Izaak Walton League
  • GeorgiaCarry.Org
  • National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus’s
  • Let’s Get Wild, Inc
  • Georgia Outdoor News
  • DNR Wildlife Resources Division
  • DNR Coastal Resources Division

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