Upcoming Public Meetings on Proposed Hunting Changes

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The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will hold four public meetings throughout the state to receive input on proposed changes to the 2004-2005 hunting season regulations. The purpose of these meetings is to invite public input in order to incorporate suggestions into a regulation package that will be considered by the DNR Board of Natural Resources for approval in the Spring. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating.

Dove season changes and expanding the areas/zones in which alligators may be hunted are the primary focus of these meetings.

The meetings will be held as follows:

Public Meeting Dates Time Location

February 2, 2004/ 7 p.m./ Terrell County Governmental Building/U.S. Highway 82/Ga. Hwy. 520/Dawson, Georgia

February 3, 2004/ 7 p.m./ American Legion, Post/ 77674 Legion Road/Ga. Hwy. 138E/Conyers, Georgia

February 4, 2004/ 7 p.m./ Cartersville Civic Center/435 West Main Street/Cartersville, Georgia

February 5, 2004/ 7 p.m./ Lowndes County Civic Center/Building D/2102 East Hill Avenue (U.S. Hwy. 84 East)/Valdosta, Georgia

Any participant at a meeting 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 a meeting may submit written statements (deadline February 16, 2004). Such statements should be mailed to:

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Wildlife Resources Division

Game Management Section
2070 U.S. Highway 278, SE
Social Circle, Georgia 30025

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carroll Allen at the WRD Headquarters Game Management Office at (770) 918-6404.

For more information on the scheduled public meetings, visit the WRD website at www.gohuntgeorgia.com or contact the WRD Hunter Services Office at (770) 761-3044.