2004-2005 Hunting Regulations Available

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The 2004-2005 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 1,000 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 Senior Wildlife Biologist John Bowers. “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. The Georgia General Assembly sets laws applicable to hunting in the State.

Major changes for the upcoming season include:

· Dove Seasons and Zones: In response to significant public comment, WRD developed regulations that eliminated the dove zone line and unified the state under a single statewide dove season. Season dates are Saturday, Sept. 4 (noon) –18; Oct. 2-11; Nov. 25-Jan. 8.

· Alligator Zones and Quotas: Alligator hunting opportunities expanded to 300 quota permits (previously 180) and 40 counties (previously 13). Season dates are Sept. 11-26, 2004.

For more information on Georgia hunting seasons and regulations, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com, contact a local WRD Game Management Office or call the WRD Hunter Services Office at (770) 761-3044.