The beginning of squirrel season is just around the corner, are you ready? Often revered as a celebrated American fall tradition, squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce youth or a novice to the sport of hunting. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors.
The 2011-2012 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. This guide provides information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas and much more and is available to view, download and print at http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations . Printed copies are available at Wildlife Resources Game Management and Law Enforcement offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.
Visiting one of Georgia’s Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) with the family is a great in-state way to entertain both the kids and adults this summer. Beginning on August 1, 2011, nine PFAs will have new days of operation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. All PFAs will be open to the public five days each week (Wednesdays through Sundays), sunrise to sunset. The areas will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Rocky Mountain PFA will remain open seven days a week as this facility is operated under contract with Oglethorpe Power.
Whether it is a “roughing it” summer tent camping trip or a comfy stay at a cabin in the woods, there’s always a possibility for a black bear sighting or encounter in North Georgia. With more than 75 established campgrounds and an estimated 5,100 black bears in the State, campers should always be aware and prepared for a black bear encounter. The key to preventing an unfavorable experience is to properly store food and garbage.
How can you make family memories that will last a lifetime? For many anglers, fond childhood memories involve a family fishing trip and a stringer of bream. So, don’t delay – take them fishing today! Where to go? Visit a nearby public fishing area. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division currently operates and manages ten PFAs across the state in an effort to provide the best possible fishing and access for family-friendly outings. Bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcrackers), both part of the bream family, are stocked on nearly every PFA pond or lake.
Looking for a way to spend more time with a child or grandchild this summer? Introduce them to fishing. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages adults, especially those with little or no angling experience, to introduce a child to fishing at one of the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation declare boating and fishing as unmatched leisure activities that help make a true connection with family, friends and the natural environment. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2011.
You can win prizes, for fishing….yes, fishing! Register for the 2nd Georgia Bobberthon fishing tournament and you could find yourself winning some fun prizes. Bobberthon is a tournament at which registered anglers have approximately two months to catch tagged bream in any of four public fishing area lakes. The angler then must register their tag(s). These first few steps guarantee a reward – but then even more prizes are available at the Grand Bobberthon Tournament!
Add bear-proof the garbage to your spring cleaning list and feel good about taking the first step in resolving human-bear conflicts. Easily accessible garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear and unfortunately, a major threat to its survival. By bear-proofing your garbage, you’ll not only keep your yard tidy, but more importantly, you’ll add years to the lives of some of Georgia’s magnificent wild black bears.
The distinctive call of the coyote or “song dog” echoes across our state, from the more welcoming rural areas of wooded forests and open fields, to the less inviting environments of major cities and neighborhoods. Rapid human population growth across the state coupled with the coyote’s unique ability to adapt and thrive, contributes to today’s increased observation of coyotes in urban settings.
Boaters and anglers that frequent the Morgan Falls Dam portion of the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs should expect to see construction for replacement of the existing boat ramp beginning today, Mon. May 9, 2011. The new ramp should be completed in early June. The area, including the new fishing pier (completed in March 2011) will remain open during construction. Lighter boats, such as kayaks and canoes, can be launched from the shore at the Morgan Falls area. The concrete boat ramp at the National Park Service Johnson Ferry Unit is available to boaters with heavier vessels and will still allow for access to the same parts of the river.
Your chance at fun and prizes awaits you if you choose to participate in the 2nd Georgia Bobberthon fishing tournament! Bobberthon is a tournament at which registered anglers have approximately two months to catch tagged bream in any of four public fishing area lakes. The angler then must register their tag(s). These first few steps guarantee a reward – but then even more prizes are available at the Grand Bobberthon Tournament!
Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s summer archery camps aim to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for several camps, some beginning as early as May! “Archery camp is going to be a great experience for campers with lots of fun-filled outdoor adventures,” says Jen Pittman, shooting sports program manager with the Wildlife Resources Division. “This is a great opportunity to develop archery skills and to expose children to the exciting outdoor opportunities around them.”
A new archery range at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their target skills. While this is the first archery range located at a State Park, it is one of nine archery ranges currently available on public land in Georgia. Constructed on the eastern edge of what used to be Southerness Golf Course, The Archery Range at Panola Mountain consists of two ranges.
A black bear sighting, even somewhere like metro Atlanta, is not altogether unusual, especially during the Georgia springtime. That’s because during the spring and summer, young male bears that are “on their own” for the first time may be found roaming and sometimes stumbling into non-traditional bear range, including suburbs and urbanized areas. Adult males typically force these young males out of familiar territory and what would be considered traditional bear range. As a result, young males roam as they try to establish their own territory.
Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division
Concern for wildlife, especially young animals, is simply human nature. Most people who come across a deer fawn, a young bird or a newborn rabbit that is alone will initially watch in amazement and then sometimes wonder if the animal is in need of help. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages residents to resist the urge to ‘rescue’ these animals.
Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend than fishing with a kid? Join the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division for a weekend of family fun at their new “Hook and Learn” program at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) on April 8-10. This is the first in a series of Advanced Hunter and Aquatic Education week-end long programs offered by WRD focusing on hunting and fishing skills and conservation knowledge.
Does your child’s school have programs that add both diversity and interest to the classroom and “engage the unengaged” student? The National Archery in the Schools Program is a program that can help accomplish this objective. The National Archery in the Schools Program is an approved physical education program that has been in Georgia schools since 2003. The program originated in Kentucky in 2002 and now has 47 states, with more than 7,000 certified schools and two million students that participate each year.
Proposed regulations are under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold three public hearings to receive input on the following proposals: 1) proposed hunting regulations for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 hunting seasons and 2) proposed regulations for establishing a fee system that captures revenue from non-hunting and angling users for use of certain designated areas on wildlife management areas and public fishing areas.
Anglers that frequent the Morgan Falls Dam portion of the Chattahoochee River should be excited about the completion of a new fishing pier. The pier, built by Georgia Power as a recreational improvement for Morgan Falls Dam, will provide great additional angler access below the dam according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.