2003-2004 Hunting Regulations Available

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The 2003-2004 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide now is available announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). This guide provides information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas and much more and is available on the WRD website, www.gohuntgeorgia.com, and at over 1,200 license agents, including Bass Pro Shops, Wal-Mart, K-Mart and outdoor sporting goods stores.

“The hunting regulations guide is designed to help hunters understand the laws and regulations for hunting in Georgia,” says WRD Chief of Game Management Todd Holbrook. “We recommend that even experienced hunters take a look at the new regulations to note any changes to their favorite hunting areas or activities.”

Members of the Board of Natural Resources set hunting regulations by acting on recommendations made by WRD’s wildlife biologists and field personnel. Laws are set by the Georgia General Assembly.

Major changes for the upcoming season include:

· Either sex hunting opportunities for deer have expanded in much of the state.

· Bear Season – The northern zone bear firearms season has been changed to the first 37 days of firearms deer season. In addition, Banks and Stephens Counties will be open for bear hunting.

· Furbearer Seasons – Bobcat, fox, opossum and raccoon hunting seasons have been extended from February 15 to the last day of February.

· New Hunting Opportunities – New hunting opportunities have been provided on Big Dukes Pond Natural Area near Millen, Dixon Bay Tract near Sylvania, Mead Farm near Waynesboro and Evans County, McDuffie County and Paradise Public Fishing Areas.

· Quail Season and Zone – The quail zone line has been removed resulting in one statewide quail season (Nov. 15-Feb. 29).

Those needing to take a hunter education course prior to the upcoming hunting season are required to pre-register for a course, either by phone or on-line. Hunters can call the Central Reservations System (CRS) at (770) 389-7275 inside the metro-Atlanta area or (800) 864-7275 outside the metro-Atlanta area to register by phone. A service charge applies to registration through CRS. Alternately, hunters can go to the WRD web site at www.gohuntgeorgia.com to search and register for a hunter education course at no charge. Web users also can purchase hunting licenses and obtain free hunter education certificate replacement cards.

For more information on the 2003-2004 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide, contact the local WRD Game Management Office or the WRD Hunter Services Office at (770) 761-3044. For more information on hunter education courses, contact the WRD Hunter Education Office at (770) 784-3068.