Public Hearings Regarding Hunting Regulations Scheduled

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will hold three public hearings to receive input on proposed changes to the hunting regulations for the 2006-2007 season. The purpose of the proposed regulation changes is to manage Georgia’s game birds and game animals according to sound principles of wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources. Those interested are encouraged to bring these hearings to the attention of others that also may wish to participate.

Some of the proposed changes that WRD will address include Regulations related to hunting opportunities on three new Wildlife Management Areas (Clayhole Swamp in Glynn County; Flat Tub in Coffee & Jeff Davis counties; and Penholoway Swamp in Wayne County), to provide for deer management on Ft. Yargo State Park, and to add a November hunt on Hard Labor Creek State Park.

Members of the general public will have an opportunity to provide input at the following WRD sponsored public hearings:

April 18, 2006/7 p.m./Coastal Georgia Community College Auditorium/3700 Altama Avenue/Brunswick, Georgia

April 19, 2006/7 p.m./Altamaha Tech/677 Douglas Highway/Hazlehurst, Georgia

April 20, 2006/7 p.m./Camp Will-A-Way at Fort Yargo State Park/210 S. Broad Street/Winder, Georgia

Any participant at the hearing may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants are required to register on arrival and to notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend the hearings may submit written statements, prior to close of business on May 12, 2006. Such statements should be mailed to:

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Resources Division

Game Management Section

Attn: John Bowers

2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.

Social Circle, Georgia 30025

These meetings are accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to John Bowers at the above address by April 11, 2006.

The Board of Natural Resources will consider the proposed changes and any comments received during the public hearing process on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the DNR Boardroom at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 1252, Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information on the scheduled public hearings or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com . For additional information, contact the WRD Game Management Office at (770) 918-6404.