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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 30 schools and almost 800 student archers competed at the recent Georgia-NASP State Tournament. That is almost double the number of participants at last year’s event! The state tournament is coordinated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and is open to all Georgia schools enrolled in the National Archery in the Schools program (NASP).
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently selected Alex Coley as the new Assistant Chief for the Game Management Section. He fills the position left vacant by Rusty Garrison, who recently assumed duties overseeing the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. “Alex will be a great asset to the operations of the Game Management Section and the Headquarters Office,” says WRD Chief of Game Management Mark Whitney. “His background in wildlife research and employment positions from different states, including Tennessee and Florida, as well as his work with our agency, will be a tremendous benefit as we move ahead.”