The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently selected Captain Mark Padgett as the new Region Supervisor for the Region II Law Enforcement Office, headquartered in Gainesville. He fills the position left vacant by retired Captain Rick Godfrey. Region II encompasses the northeastern part of the state. “I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Capt. Mark Padgett as he has been of such tremendous value to this agency over his 25 year career” says Division Law Enforcement Chief Homer Bryson. ” I truly look forward to seeing him provide leadership as the Region Supervisor of Northeast Georgia and continuing to give his all to ensure the safety of the public and the protection of the natural resources of this State.”
More than 700 students throughout the state will compete Feb. 11 in the 5th annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia State Tournament. The state’s top student archers from more than 30 elementary, middle and high schools will convene in Perry for the tournament. 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 Capitol is going to get a little taste of the wild this Tuesday as sportsmen’s groups from around the state gather to meet with legislators for the annual “Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol.” A broad spectrum of sportsmen’s and conservation groups will participate with displays, educational materials and interactive activities. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will also participate with a 3D fishing simulator and a special appearance by the World Champion National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Team from Woodlawn Elementary in Chatsworth, GA.
Youth interested in the outdoors can test their knowledge, demonstrate their shooting and outdoor skills, and be eligible to win a muzzleloader at the state’s annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge event scheduled for Jan. 15, 2011 at Clybel Wildlife Management Area in Mansfield. Open to all youth, 18 years of age and younger who have received their hunter education certificate, the challenge aims to test participants’ abilities in seven outdoor components: archery, air rifle, shotgun, a safety trail challenge (shoot/don’t shoot scenarios), orienteering, wildlife identification and a hunter responsibility exam.
In news that is sure to be welcome in the current economy – some of the transaction fees for recreational licenses are being reduced, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. The internet transaction fee is going from $2.75 to $2.50 and the in-store transaction fee will go from $3.25 to $3.00. The telephone transaction fee will increase, going from $4.00 to $5.00. These fee changes will go into effect on Jan. 3, 2011.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division will hold eight public meetings across the state to accept public input for consideration in the development of hunting regulations for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 hunting seasons. Public input is an important and valuable part of this process. The Department is interested in input that seeks to simplify regulations and encourage the recruitment of young hunters and retention of existing hunters.
A new archery range is open in middle Georgia at the Flat Creek Public Fishing Area, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. “Public shooting ranges are popular with hunters and recreational shooting sports enthusiasts,” says Division Shooting Sports Coordinator Jennifer Pittman. “We were eager to add a range to this public fishing area as soon as it opened in 2009 – and thanks to great cooperative efforts, we are now able to make it available to the public.”
Saturday, Oct. 16, the opening day of firearms season for deer hunting, also is Turn In Poachers Day in Georgia according to a proclamation signed today by Gov. Sonny Perdue. TIP, Inc., is a non-profit organization protecting wildlife from poachers by increasing public support for conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
With an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions annually in Georgia, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division advises motorists across the state to be extra cautious of increased deer and wildlife sightings this fall season. Increased deer sightings occur for a number of reasons – increased populations, habitat fragmentation and mating season are a few. With fall breeding season in full swing – a peak time of year for deer-related car collisions – the division offers motorists some tips and information to help avoid potential collisions.
Prohibiting chronic wasting disease from entering Georgia is an ongoing effort. Anyone interested in wildlife – hunters, wildlife watchers and processors, among others – are encouraged to help keep Georgia’s quality deer herd CWD-free. CWD, a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose, belongs to a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, the same group of diseases affecting some domestic animals, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy or “mad cow disease.”