SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/13/2010)
The Georgia Capitol is going to get a little taste of the wild this Thursday as sportsmen’s groups from the around the state gather to meet with legislators for the annual “Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol.”
“This event is an opportunity for the sportsmen of Georgia to say thank you to the sportsmen 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 Caucus’s.
A broad spectrum of sportsmen and conservation groups will participate with displays, educational materials and interactive activities. The Department of Natural Resources will also participate with a live animal exhibit featuring birds of prey and reptiles along with a 3-D shooting simulator.
WHAT: Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol
WHERE: Georgia Capitol, South Wing Steps, Atlanta
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010; 9 a.m.
WHO: Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, House Speaker Ralston are
scheduled to speak at the event at 9 a.m.; a full listing of participating groups are
As the number one hunting destination in the United States, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2006 Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Survey, hunters and anglers contribute almost $2 billion annually to the Georgia economy, of which, $26 million is contributed directly to the state's wildlife conservation efforts.
“Sportsmen are not only among Georgia’s leading conservationists who contribute millions each year towards land and habitat preservation but sportsmen also make a multi-billion dollar impact to Georgia’s economy each year,” said Georgia Senate Sportsmen’s Caucus Chair, Senator Bill Heath.
“This is our 8th annual sportsmen’s event at the Capitol and it looks like it will be our biggest yet,” said Scott Tanner, the event organizer.
2010 Sportsman’s Day at the Capitol participating conservation groups include: Trout Unlimited, Georgia Canine Coalition, Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Georgia Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Camo Coalition, Quality Deer Mgt Assoc., Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Council, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Georgia Trappers Association, Coastal Conservation Association, Izaak Walton League, National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucus’s, The Sportsman Channel, Let’s Get Wild, Inc., DNR Wildlife Resources Division, DNR Coastal Resources Division.