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SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/14/2014)

National recognition comes well-deserved forJohn W. Bowers, game management chief of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, who recently was recognized by The Wildlife Society (TWS) with the annual Special Recognition Service Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/13/2014)

Cooling fall temperatures have whitetail deer on the move, giving deer hunters the perfect opportunity to participate in the Georgia Hunters For The Hungry program. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (11/6/2014)

Make plans to attend an upcoming night of fun at the ‘Family Campfire’ event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15 at  the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.   The evening, scheduled from 7-9 p.m., will offer music, a live animal presentation, skits and of course, s’mores! 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (11/3/2014)

Currently, trout streams are designated either seasonal or year-round.  But, what if that designation were to change?  Agency staff recently evaluated the effects of removing the “trout season” entirely and opening all trout waters to year-round fishing. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (10/30/2014)

Two years’ worth of photographing and trapping raccoons, feral hogs and other predators at American oystercatcher nest sites is providing needed insight into how and when controlling predators can help these rare red-beaked shorebirds.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (10/29/2014)

Are trout streams calling you to go fish Georgia?  Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state and beginning on November 1, fishing on five delayed harvest trout streams will open, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2014)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding catches. Anglers who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species are eligible for an Angler Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/24/2014)

With the likelihood of a deer-car collision in Georgia estimated at one out of every 134 drivers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division advises motorists to exercise caution on the roads this fall season – a time of peak deer activity.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (10/16/2014)

For women who are curious to explore what the outdoors has to offer, but uncertain of how or where to begin, the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop series provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/16/2014)

Tree stand use is popular with hunters during deer season.   However, with falls or other incidents accounting for almost half of all hunting incidents, improper or unsafe use of a tree stand can cause you to become a hunting incident statistic.  So, be smart and be safe when using a tree stand.  

FORSYTH, Ga. (10/16/2014)

Keep your hummingbird feeders up as temperatures drop this fall and winter. That’s the suggestion of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologists, who say some visiting hummers winter here and benefit from the nourishment feeders provide.

ATLANTA, Ga. (10/14/2014)

Boars. Wild hogs. Feral Pigs.  No matter the term, hogs can be a big problem. Especially for landowners who depend on their property to supply crops that provide for their livelihood.  Hunters Helping Farmers is a new program combining the efforts of the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to help alleviate the agricultural and financial damage caused by these non-native invasive pests. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/10/2014)

A Savannah teacher’s vision of creating an outdoor classroom for teaching wetland biodiversity has earned a $1,000 Teaching Conservation grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

SWAINSBORO, Ga. (10/6/2014)

Educational and recreational improvements at Ohoopee Dunes Wildlife Management Area, one of Georgia’s most unique sites for natural communities, will be celebrated in an Oct. 14 ceremony at the WMA near Swainsboro.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

Fall has officially arrived in Georgia, bringing with it shorter days, cooler temperatures and the start of the firearms deer hunting season.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division reminds all hunters to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

Although many Georgia hunters and anglers may not realize it, every time that they purchase a sporting license, hunting and fishing equipment or related items, they are participating in a subtle, yet successful, conservation program that has been at work for more than 75 years. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2014)

This hunting season the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation to remind hunters that safety remains at the core of America’s hunting traditions.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2014)

Black powder rifles, and bows and arrows. These are the weapons of choice during the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season beginning Saturday, Oct. 11. Over 48,000 hunters participated in last year’s primitive weapons season, bringing in over 11,000 deer with black powder rifles. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2014)

Primitive weapons, like all firearms, should be handled with care. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, hunters participating in the upcoming primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 11-17, should be aware of the specific safety precautions that are required when using primitive weapons, such as muzzleloaders. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/29/2014)

Don’t worry football fans, we are not talking about a combination of a bulldog and a gamecock.  But, what is a Carolina dog?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center is pleased to have an upcoming educational session, scheduled for Oct. 4 to answer that question, and allow participants to see these fascinating dogs in the flesh! 

PERRY, Ga. (9/25/2014)

Grab a cooler and some ice! The Go Fish Education Center is opening its fishing pond for the October Catfish Harvest one week early this year. 

TIFTON, Ga. (9/22/2014)

In addition to the current 480 acres of water open to fishing, Paradise Public Fishing Area (Berrien County) will re-open the 28-acre Horseshoe 5 lake at sunrise on October 1, 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

TIFTON, Ga. (9/19/2014)

Promoting the vital role of controlled burning is on the agenda for the annual meeting of the Georgia Prescribed Fire Council. The meeting is Sept. 25 in Tifton.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/18/2014)

Hunters, ever asked yourself “when does the rut happen in my part of the state?”  If so, you are in luck.  Staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently updated the statewide rut map (www.georgiawildlife.com/rut-map) with brand new information and it is ready for you! 

PERRY, Ga. (9/15/2014)

A new underwater camera at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry is streaming video of some of Georgia’s most popular sport fishing species live and in high definition.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

You will find fun events, plenty of activities and recognition geared for outdoor enthusiasts at one of the many FREE celebrations scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Recent proposed changes to Georgia fishing regulations regarding bass length limits were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources and will become effective as of Sept. 17, 2014.  Areas affected include Lake Oconee, the lower Ocmulgee River and upper Flint River. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is time to prepare for a favorite time of year for many hunters.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, archers get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, Sept. 13. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Don’t forget to print a new deer harvest record and have it with you as you head to the woods on the opening day of deer season, reminds the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Tree stand use is popular with hunters during deer season.   However, with falls or other incidents accounting for almost half of all hunting incidents, improper or unsafe use of a tree stand can cause you to become a hunting incident statistic.  So, be smart and be safe when using a tree stand.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2014)

Deer archery season begins on Sat., Sept. 13 – do you need a hunter education class?  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/3/2014)

Make your plans!  Waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations have been approved for the 2014-2015 season by the Board of Natural Resources.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/29/2014)

Have satellite, will travel and luckily, will provide data.  Mottled ducks along the Georgia coast are being outfitted with satellite transmitters in a new, cooperative research project between the University of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/25/2014)

A snake disease that some scientists have compared to the illness killing bats by the millions has been documented in a wild snake in Georgia.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/22/2014)

September is rapidly approaching, do you know where you will be on opening day of dove season and who is headed out with you?  The Georgia dove season opens at noon on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/22/2014)

Do you need a hunter education course before dove season arrives?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three options to help make the most of your time:  by classroom, CD-Rom or online. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2014)

The Georgia Bat Working Group’s first Bat Blitz is set for Sept. 4-7 at Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County. Included is a Sept. 5 presentation for the public on bat conservation.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (8/15/2014)

Migratory bird season is rapidly approaching – are you confident in your shooting skills on quick-moving targets?  If you are looking for a little coaching, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has a great 4-day workshop, “Improving Wing Shooting Proficiency,” scheduled at Camp John Hope in Fort Valley during September. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/15/2014)

Hunters wishing to apply for a chance at a deer quota hunt need to get online soon!  An online quota application must be in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

GENEVA, Ga. (8/11/2014)

Congressman Sanford Bishop, Mark Williams, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Deron Davis, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, joined Garrison Commander Col. Michail Huerter and other officials from Fort Benning, representatives from Marion and Talbot counties and other partners recently at a ceremony to announce the opening of the Chattahoochee Fall Line Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This 10,800-acre tract spans north central Marion County and southern Talbot County near Columbus. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/11/2014)

It’s another sporting opportunity of a lifetime! Georgians have the chance to win a lifetime hunting and fishing license in the next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation. Starting August 11, 2014, participants can fill out an entry form by visiting the Wildlife Resources Division Facebook page...

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/6/2014)

As the summer begins to fade, sportsmen begin to look for fall hunting opportunities, and luckily, dove season is right around the corner with opening day scheduled for noon on Sat. Sept.  6. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/1/2014)

The 2014-2015 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/31/2014)

Ecologist and longtime conservation leader Dr. Jon Ambrose has been named chief of the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section.

 

ATLANTA, Ga. (7/29/2014)

Catching a big fish is awesome, how about if the first fish you catch that day is a new state record?   Chad Doughty, age 27, of Winder hooked and “battled” the new state record brown trout for about 45 minutes while kayak fishing on the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam on July 27.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/28/2014)

Looking for a fishing day trip to round out your summer adventures?  Then plan a visit to one of Georgia’s public fishing areas (PFA). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/28/2014)

Anytime is a great time to go fishing, as most anglers already know.  However, fishing for catfish is a summertime tradition. Experienced angler, newbie or just the casual fisherman can find fantastic cat-fishing opportunities in Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/25/2014)

WRD is seeking to continue integrating public involvement by asking for your comments on the Draft of Georgia’s 10-year Deer Management Plan.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/23/2014)

Hunting alligators may be an experience unlike any other adventure.  To participate, however, you need to get your online quota application in before midnight July 31.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/3/2014)

 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division is making clear their goals on the state waterways for the busy July 4th holiday weekend.  They plan to make no boating under the influence (BUI) arrests, work no drownings or boating incidents and plan to see that everyone enjoys themselves and goes home safely.  However, if their goals are to become a reality, boaters and swimmers must embrace the three C’s – Compliance, Caution and Common sense. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (6/26/2014)

Surveys this spring by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division documented a new high for wood stork nests in the state.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/26/2014)

Three proposed fishing regulation changes will be the topic of several upcoming public hearings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (6/25/2014)

Angler Jimmy Tucker knows that a day of fishing in Georgia can be well worth it, and next time he will be sure to have a net to make it a little easier!  Tucker, age 55, of Statenville hooked the new state record bowfin on the Suwannee River on June 21.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/25/2014)

Easily accessible garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear.  They like it so much that they will stay in areas where an easy supply of garbage “food” can be found.  What can you do?  One of the first and most important things to do is to stash your trash to resolve potential human-bear conflicts. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/17/2014)

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/13/2014)

Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water.  Don’t know how to canoe?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered June 21, 2014 and again on July 19, 2014. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/11/2014)

A new Department of Natural Resources project is enlisting Georgians to help monitor bats in their area this summer.

WAYCROSS, Ga. (6/10/2014)

Spotted sunfish, also called “stumpknockers,” present a fun fishing challenge for anglers.  Ryan Kersey can attest to that!  Kersey, age 39, of Swainsboro, Ga., also knows that the effort was well worth it as he reeled in a tie to the current state-record spotted sunfish from the Satilla River on June 4, 2014.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/6/2014)

How important is boater education? So important that beginning July 1st, completion of a boater education course will become mandatory for all vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1998. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (6/4/2014)

If you are looking to initiate or increase knowledge about wildlife conservation and its instruction, make plans to attend the Outdoor Wildlife Leadership School, or OWLS, scheduled for July 14-18, 2014 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/3/2014)

Georgia DNR's Nongame Conservation Section is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher who shows exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/23/2014)

Beginning June 1, sportsmen and women of all ages can apply electronically for quota hunts including adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2014)

Bald eagle populations have soared to new highs in Georgia. Preliminary results from DNR aerial surveys show 188 occupied nesting territories, 148 successful nests and 235 young fledged, the most in each category since this iconic raptor became nearly extinct through much of its range some 40 years ago.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/19/2014)

What are you doing for the Memorial Day weekend?  If it involves heading to a local lake, you will be joining thousands on the water to celebrate.  When making your plans, be sure to include time to review rules and regulations of safe boating. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (5/16/2014)

Georgia aster is a Southern plant that has been in decline for decades and on the verge of federal protection. Yet, organizations stepped up today to conserve the plant in an effort that should keep it off the endangered species list.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/15/2014)

Nineteen teams and more than 400 shooters from Georgia competed at the recently held National Archery in the Schools National Competition which saw a world-record 10,443 archers from 40 states shoot during the three-day tournament in Louisville.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/14/2014)

Not an experienced angler?  No problem.  There are plenty of on-site volunteers providing fishing assistance at any of the many statewide kids fishing events scheduled this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/14/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to get outside during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-8, 2014.  

KNOXVILLE, TN (5/14/2014)

Representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Georgia Department of Natural Resources (the Agencies) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 to receive input on long-term funding recommendations under consideration by the Agencies that will continue popular trout stocking programs in reservoirs and tailwaters of certain TVA dams across the region. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/12/2014)

As part of the nationwide National Safe Boating Week, Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division is working with partner organizations, such as the National Safe Boating Council to encourage safe and responsible boating, including the practice of always wearing a life jacket, and being alert and aware while on the water. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/12/2014)

Four deceased conservation rangers of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be honored in a special ceremony on May 19 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/12/2014)

Let the sea turtle nesting season begin! On May 9, a National Park Service wildlife biologist on Cumberland Island reported Georgia’s first loggerhead nest of 2014.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/7/2014)

Getting ready for a summer vacation on Georgia’s coast? Remember that while your family will be enjoying the beach, many wildlife species -- including beach-nesting birds -- depend on it.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/7/2014)

With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia’s coast, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/6/2014)

Twelve elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. Almost 2,500 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from 21 public schools, private schools and homeschool groups participated in the annual conservation art competition.

EAST DUBLIN, Ga. (5/6/2014)

Anglers are regularly reporting big bass catches at this Laurens County PFA, so the recent implementation of a protective 16”-24” slot limit comes at a great time as it will continue to make this area a prime location for producing quality trophy largemouth bass. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/6/2014)

A conservation-minded partnership has preserved 2,700 acres of wildlife habitat in southeast Georgia’s Jeff Davis County, opening to the public a place valued for its recreational opportunities and rare species.

ATLANTA, Ga. (4/30/2014)

DNR is live-streaming Atlanta’s fastest-flying family again! Watch as the pair of peregrine falcons raise their eyas at  www.georgiawildlife.com/FalconCam.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/30/2014)

What makes an animal a “nuisance?”  Most wildlife never comes close to people.  In fact, many people enjoy seeing such animals and believe that having them nearby adds value to their land.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/29/2014)

Young Georgia birders set event records for bird species seen or heard, from warblers to woodpeckers, during the annual Youth Birding Competition held Friday and Saturday.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/22/2014)

Don’t come alone – be sure to bring the whole family, and some friends, to experience this entertaining outdoor fun day!  The free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 10 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/22/2014)

There is a certain satisfaction in the thought of “rescuing” something that appears helpless.  However, the act of rescuing can sometimes cause more harm than good. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/18/2014)

Don’t be surprised if black bears are added to the list of wildlife seen in or around your neighborhood this spring and summer.  

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (4/17/2014)

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/16/2014)

Georgia’s young archers keep getting better and the scores keep going up. That was never more evident than at the recent eighth annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia State Tournament as 857 NASP archers from 44 schools competed at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. 

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (4/14/2014)

Georgia’s wildlife license plates will soon cost less and provide more support for conserving Georgia wildlife, from bald eagles to bobwhite quail.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/3/2014)

Nearly 900 students in grades 4-12 have qualified for the 8th annual Georgia-NASP State Tournament, set for April 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/31/2014)

Dot Kay, environmental education coordinator at McDuffie Environmental Education Center, has been named the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia's PreK-16 Formal Educator of the Year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/24/2014)

Cpl. Jeremy Bolen recently was selected as the 2013 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/24/2014)

Four budding bird artists have been chosen as T-shirt Art Contest winners in Georgia’s Youth Birding Competition. Meanwhile, teams have until only March 31 to register for the April 25-26 birding competition!

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/21/2014)

Plenty of trout are being stocked in north Georgia cold-water streams as anglers prepare for the opening day of seasonal trout streams Sat., March 29, 2014. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/14/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today unveiled an interactive map that identifies DNR-managed lands and outdoor recreation opportunities. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Springtime hunters are eagerly preparing for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Hunters preparing to head to the woods for turkey season should be sure to review important turkey hunting safety tips, encourages the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Do you need a hunter education course before turkey season arrives? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/12/2014)

Conserve the rare animals and plants that help make our state great by contributing to the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund checkoff when filing your state income taxes.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

More than 25 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division with a 2013 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

Georgia’s online fishing prospects give anglers of all skill levels in-depth information detailing 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers in one convenient location - www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/opportunities

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

The weather still has a chill to it, meaning it is the right time to get great results for crappie fishing.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division will make it even easier for anglers willing to brave the weather by sharing some current hot spots for cool weather crappie. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

Anglers anxious to get out on the water should prepare themselves for some cold weather striped bass action. This time of year, it is common to catch five to 15-pounders, with the occasional landing of a 30-pounder or greater. 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/10/2014)

Georgia’s nearly 4,000 miles of streams are host to some of the Southeast’s finest trout-angling opportunities, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2014)

Two individuals, one volunteer and one conservation ranger, have been selected as Hunter Education Instructors of the Year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/7/2014)

Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners Thursday for their stewardship in land management and practices benefiting Georgia’s wildlife on some 1 million acres.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/5/2014)

Partners including Georgia DNR, coastal counties and local and federal agencies have produced an aerial imagery dataset of coastal Georgia that offers the most high-resolution look yet at the region and will be used for everything from county planning to wildlife conservation.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (3/4/2014)

Bulloch Academy’s Middle School archery squad took top shooting honors back to Statesboro at the seventh and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday. 

VALDOSTA, Ga. (3/4/2014)

Hahira Middle School was the highest overall scoring team at the sixth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday at Pine Grove Middle School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/3/2014)

For the first time in Georgia, youth and mobility-impaired hunters will have a chance to turkey hunt the weekend before the statewide turkey season opens.  This special opportunity season is March 15-16, 2014. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/3/2014)

Three fisheries personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently were recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, with two of them tying for “Fishery Worker of the Year.”  

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (2/28/2014)

Yuchi Wildlife Management Area, a 7,800-acre area, is located in one of the most severely impacted counties, Burke County.

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (2/26/2014)

The only sense of urgency you might find at Panic Pond after this Saturday will be from anglers scrambling for the camera to capture a photo of their latest lunker catch, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (2/26/2014)

Interested in developing a career in writing or communicating about the outdoors?  A free all-day seminar, “How to Become an Outdoor Communicator,” is scheduled for March 11, 2014 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

DEMOREST, Ga. (2/25/2014)

Lafayette Christian School claimed top shooting honors in the High School Division at the fifth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament of 2014.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/20/2014)

A young North Atlantic right whale is swimming easier after wildlife biologists cut away most of the 100-plus yards of fishing rope the animal was dragging. The multi-agency response highlights the need to prevent entanglements in commercial fishing gear, a chronic problem for these endangered whales.

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (2/19/2014)

Dodge County High School claimed top shooting honors at the fourth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/19/2014)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division recently selected Col. Eddie Henderson as the Law Enforcement 2013 Supervisor of the Year. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/19/2014)

Catching poachers and other wildlife violators often involves lengthy criminal investigations and requires diligence and dedication on behalf of conservation rangers.  RFC David Webb, representing Towns County, was named Investigative Ranger of the Year for demonstrating true devotion to investigative work, which included a multi-year, multi-agency, complex case.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/18/2014)

Georgia’s outdoor enthusiasts can get another glimpse into the outdoors through the eyes of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources staff by following our new Instagram profile at www.instagram.com/georgiawildlife.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2014)

Teachers and students are invited to celebrate Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the statewide Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2014)

Registration is open for Georgia’s annual Youth Birding Competition, an event that is making an impact on birding and wildlife conservation.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2014)

Hey, kids! Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s ninth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/14/2014)

With many Georgians experiencing power outages and other challenges this past week, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division decided to extend the turkey quota hunt application deadline through 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2014. 

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (2/11/2014)

Bagley Middle School out of Chatsworth clinched its place in Perry by posting the top overall team score at the third Georgia-National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament Saturday. 

LEESBURG, Ga. (2/11/2014)

Lake Park Elementary School in Albany won its first regional title Saturday at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 2. 

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (2/10/2014)

Loganville Middle School took top shooting honors at the first of seven Georgia regional National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments Saturday at Loganville High School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2014)

Exhibiting exceptional enthusiasm for the management of wild turkey is one way to describe the recently honored Wildlife Manager of the Year, John Adams.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/10/2014)

Anglers can find the new 2014 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/8/2014)

Live-streamed video of Georgia’s best-known bald eagles can now also be seen on the website of Georgia’s best-known wildlife agency, thanks to Berry College.

ATLANTA, Ga. (1/6/2014)

It’s another sporting opportunity of a lifetime! Georgians have the chance to win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide. The next edition of the Lifetime License Contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation begins Jan. 6, 2014.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/27/2013)

Four conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division recently were recognized at the 2013 Governor’s Public Safety Awards ceremony. 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (12/19/2013)

Commercial fishermen can take to the water beginning at 6 a.m. on January 1, 2014 to take advantage of the opening day of shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Shad season runs through midnight on Monday, March 31, 2014. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (12/19/2013)

Ever wanted to go beyond the basics relative to rifle shooting, but not sure where to start?  The Family Day at the Range series provides a perfect opportunity, offering training courses for those that wish to learn or advance their knowledge of firearms, safety and also get the chance to shoot a variety of firearms.  

PERRY, Ga. (12/5/2013)

Santa is taking a break from his holiday preparations at the North Pole and traveling down to Perry for some fishing at the Go Fish Education Center before his big night! Do you want to fish with Jolly Old Saint Nick? Then make plans to visit Go Fish...

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/4/2013)

Georgia’s wildlife and natural habitats don’t depend on St. Nick. When it comes to conservation, these wild creatures and wild places depend largely on you. Here's how you can help this holiday season.

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/27/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is excited to announce the addition of more than 1,390 acres, made up of three tracts of land, to the already 4,800-acre Oconee Wildlife Management Area in Greene and Hancock counties.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/25/2013)

This holiday season, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division is offering gifts that will please hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts, and benefit wildlife -- lifetime licenses and an annual GORP.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/25/2013)

More than 300,000 hunters pursue the most popular game animal in Georgia, the white-tailed deer.  As a reminder to hunters, there was a regulation change in the number of available days to take deer of either sex depending on the type of equipment used and the area of your hunt, beginning Dec. 1.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/22/2013)

Members of the Georgia Bobwhite Technical Team, representing 15 conservation and/or land management organizations, recently turned out in support of a Memorandum of Agreement at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, GA as a continued commitment to the recovery of bobwhite quail and other early successional habitat dependent species, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/15/2013)

How many white-tailed deer should we have in Georgia? The answer to this question varies depending on whom you ask. Management of Georgia's white-tailed deer herd can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/13/2013)

Still in need of a hunter education course before deer season is over?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers ways to make that happen:  an 8-hour online or CD course followed by a 2-hour review or the 10-hour traditional classroom course. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/12/2013)

Attention Georgia quail hunters! Quail season begins statewide this Saturday, Nov. 16 and extends through Feb. 28, 2014. To prepare for the season, please join Private Lands Program Manager Reggie Thackston, as we host a live chat broadcast this Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. EST. Tune in at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/georgia-wildlife-live-chat or http://www.georgiawildlife.com/livechat.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/8/2013)

Duck call-check; shotgun-check; decoys-check.  Got it all ready for duck season?  If not, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get everything together and get ready to pursue some birds. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/7/2013)

Scientists knew there was gold in the Coosawattee. The north Georgia river system is one of two places in the world where goldline darters are found. Yet DNR surveys are revealing a wealth of rare aquatic creatures in the Cooswattee system that reaches beyond goldline darters.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2013)

How many white-tailed deer should we have in Georgia? The answer to this question varies depending on whom you ask. Management of Georgia's white-tailed deer herd can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic. 

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (10/29/2013)

The public shooting range located at Richmond Hill Wildlife Management Area will close for a short period of time beginning Nov. 15, 2013, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

WAYCROSS, Ga. (10/28/2013)

Southeast Georgia anglers are talking about the comeback of the redbreast sunfish on the Satilla River, and much of that success comes from the ongoing removal of a different species of fish, the flathead catfish.  

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (10/28/2013)

Beginning November 1, fishing on five delayed harvest trout streams opens in north Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/28/2013)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding catches. Anglers who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species are eligible for an Angler Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/24/2013)

The Forest Management Unit of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently was recognized by the Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society with the Wildlife Management Excellence Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/24/2013)

With an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions annually in the state, staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourage drivers to be cautious of increased deer sightings this fall. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/22/2013)

Safety first.  Safety first.  Safety first.  While it is wonderful to hear about folks hunting in Georgia since deer season opened, it is unfortunate to hear about several avoidable incidents; including six tree stand incidents and one fatality that is currently under investigation. 

ARMUCHEE, Ga. (10/22/2013)

Recent reports of squirrels, large numbers of squirrels, on the move has created quite a bit of interest, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.   

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/15/2013)

Deer firearms season begins statewide this Saturday, Oct. 19. To prepare for the season, we invite you to join state deer biologist Charlie Killmaster, as we host a live chat broadcast this Thursday, Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. EST.  Tune in at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/georgia-wildlife-live-chat or http://www.georgiawildlife.com/livechat.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/10/2013)

Garbage, Birdseed, Pet Food Are Among Top 3 Non-natural Bear Attractants.

One of the most effective things you can do to resolve human-bear conflicts is to keep non-natural food items out of sight, and smell, of hungry bears.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/9/2013)

The opening day of firearms deer hunting season is Saturday, Oct. 19.  This day also is officially recognized as Turn In Poachers Day in Georgia according to a proclamation recently signed by Gov. Nathan Deal. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/9/2013)

Hunters are strongly encouraged to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/9/2013)

The wait is almost over for hunters as firearms deer hunting season begins Saturday, Oct. 19 and lasts through Jan. 1, 2014 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone, through Jan. 15, 2014. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (10/4/2013)

Make plans to attend a free upcoming program about monarchs at an event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.   

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/4/2013)

Hunters looking to pursue deer with firearms that harken back to a different time will have their chance, Oct. 12-18, during the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/4/2013)

Using primitive weapons, such as muzzleloaders, require specific safety precautions, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  Primitive weapons deer hunting season is Oct. 12-18, 2013. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/4/2013)

Local boaters and other interested parties are invited to attend one of three upcoming public meetings hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division to discuss proposed regulation changes regarding boating. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/4/2013)

Seven teams and individuals, made up of more than 30 youth, were able to showcase their outdoors knowledge and demonstrate their skills at the recent State Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (10/3/2013)

South Georgia rivers like the Ogeechee are producing outstanding fishing opportunities with large catches of panfish, according to personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently was recognized by the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) with the State Boating Access Program Excellence Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2013)

Due to concern regarding the recent federal shutdown, Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants to assure hunters, anglers and others that Wildlife Resources Division-controlled properties remain open to all scheduled activities. This includes activities, such as hunts on state wildlife management areas on federal lands, as these areas are considered Wildlife Resources Division-controlled.  List of areas affected by shutdown. Questions? Contact your local office: www.georgiawildlife.com/about/contact .

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/1/2013)

Have you been holding off on registering your boat?  Might not want to hold out much longer.  Georgia boat owners with expired registrations are encouraged to renew their boat decals before October 24, 2013 when a new state law adding a $10 late fee for registration renewal after expiration will be implemented.  

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (9/27/2013)

Most hunters need some good luck to be drawn for Georgia’s annual alligator hunt. For hunter Jim Overman, age 43, of Bainbridge, Ga., his recent experience brought him even more good fortune, as he harvested a new state record alligator at Lake Seminole at approximately 10 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2013.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/25/2013)

Across the board, spending by Georgians on outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife watching increased in the most recent comprehensive survey, providing a tremendous economic benefit of more than $5.5 billion to the state.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/18/2013)

Ever wanted to learn about firearms, but not sure where to start?  The Family Day at the Range series provides a perfect opportunity, offering introduction training courses for those that wish to learn basic firearms safety and get the chance to shoot a variety of firearms.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/18/2013)

When was the last time you had the chance to learn about nature and yourself, all at 50 feet up in a tree and for as little as $15? 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (9/17/2013)

Longnose gar are considered a challenge to catch, but for angler Gerald Kennedy, age 62, of Murrayville, Ga., the effort was well worth it!  Kennedy reeled in the new state-record longnose gar from the Chattahoochee River arm of Lake Lanier on Sept. 4, 2013.  

WAYCROSS, Ga. (9/13/2013)

Fishing, or more accurately “catching,” is about to bust wide open in south Georgia rivers, thanks to river levels dropping within the banks, according to personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/12/2013)

The director of Georgia’s Wildlife Resources Division is helping lead the organization that represents fish and wildlife agencies across North America.

ARMUCHEE, Ga. (9/12/2013)

Sportsmen and women in North Georgia who successfully harvest a bear during the hunting season must report the harvest within 24 hours and must take the bear to a game management office (either in Gainesville or Armuchee) within three business days of harvest for tagging.  

ARMUCHEE, Ga. (9/12/2013)

One of the most effective things you can do to resolve human-bear conflicts is to keep non-natural food items out of sight, and smell, of hungry bears.  This can become even more important when natural foods (acorns, berries, etc.) are in short supply as they appear to be this year, possibly due to heavy rains. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2013)

Fun events, plenty of activities and celebrating the passion for the outdoors is just what you will find at one of the many FREE celebrations that will be held in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/9/2013)

Make plans to attend an upcoming night of fun at the ‘Family Campfire’ event scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20 at  the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center .   The evening, scheduled from 7-9 p.m., will offer music, a live animal presentation, skits and of course, s’mores! 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (9/9/2013)

Youth interested in the outdoors can test their knowledge and demonstrate their skills at the upcoming Youth Hunter Education Challenge scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, located near Mansfield. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/5/2013)

Deer hunting season is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year for many in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  Archers get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, Sept. 14. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/5/2013)

Don’t forget to print a new deer harvest record and have it with you as you head to the woods on the opening day of deer season, reminds the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/5/2013)

Many hunters utilize tree stands to give them a leg up on their quarry.  However, sometimes these are improperly installed or show signs of wear after several years.  As a result, hunters may find themselves a statistic in a hunting-related tree stand incident, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/5/2013)

Do you need the hunter education course before deer season arrives? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/30/2013)

Make your plans!  Waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations have been approved for the 2013-2014 season by the Board of Natural Resources.    

COVINGTON, Ga. (8/30/2013)

Today, the Walmart Foundation provided a $35,000 grant to the Georgia Wildlife Federation through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with Georgia Hunters for the Hungry.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2013)

When does the fall hunting season begin? Unofficially, many people bestow the opening day of dove season with that honor. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2013)

Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently issued the 2013 dove field forecast covering wildlife management areas and additional dove fields throughout the state. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2013)

Do you need the hunter education course before dove season arrives? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2013)

Before you head to the dove field this year, hunters should be sure to obtain the free Hunter Information Program (HIP) migratory bird license.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2013)

Before hunting that dove field, you need to know whether or not that field is legal. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/22/2013)

The upcoming Labor Day holiday is expected to bring people to the water to celebrate for one more warm weather weekend.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/20/2013)

If you want a chance to get in on a deer quota hunt, get online soon!  All interested hunters need to complete an online quota application that must be in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/20/2013)

Women interested in the outdoors, but perhaps with little to no outdoor knowledge, can discover hunting, fishing, boating and other recreational skills through a program series provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (8/13/2013)

Georgia's primary sea turtle has hit a new high in nesting for the fourth straight year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/9/2013)

Squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the sport of hunting, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/9/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently named John W. Bowers as the new chief of the Game Management Section.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/9/2013)

The 2013-2014 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is now available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/8/2013)

Fishing for catfish is a summertime tradition. From the experienced angler attempting to land a new state record to the grandfather taking his grandson on a first-time fishing trip, catfishing opportunities are abundant in Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/8/2013)

Visiting one of Georgia’s ten public fishing areas (PFA) with the family is a great in-state way to entertain both the kids and adults this summer. PFAs are managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (8/7/2013)

Nearly a quarter-million largemouth bass now swim in Lake Allatoona as part of a newly begun three-year study by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/1/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division  recently appointed Mark Whitney as Assistant Director.  He assumes the position left vacant by Terry West, who recently was promoted to DNR Administrative Services Director.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (8/1/2013)

Archery enthusiasts have a new range to visit now that the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) Archery Range officially opened today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

ALBANY, Ga. (7/31/2013)

The printed 2013-2014 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide contains an error regarding dates of archery season at Flint River WMA, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/17/2013)

Georgia boat owners, do we have a birthday gift for you. 

Starting this month, Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days after as part of their boat registration fee. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/17/2013)

Interested in applying for an alligator hunt this year?  If you want a chance to try a truly hands-on hunting experience, you need to get your online quota application in before midnight July 31.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, 850 applicants will be selected for the 2013 alligator hunting season which runs Sept. 7-Oct. 6.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (7/12/2013)

Despite a dip in nest totals, wood stork nesting continued strong in Georgia this spring and summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

PERRY, Ga. (7/11/2013)

More than 140 young artists from 45 states, Canada and beyond are headed to the Go Fish Education Center in Perry this weekend to attend the State-Fish Art Expo where the winners of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest will be announced.  This event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and Wildlife Forever, includes a showcase of all artwork, an awards ceremony and some fun, fishing-related activities for participants. 

FORSYTH, Ga. (7/11/2013)

Summer’s heat and rain can lead to health problems for birds at your feeders. Here are some tips on keeping bird feeders clean.

ATLANTA, Ga. (7/5/2013)

Woodlawn Elementary School continues to fill up the trophy case!  The archery team from this Chatsworth school captured its second world title over the weekend, winning the elementary division at the recent National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis with a record score of 3,320.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/3/2013)

With support from The Environmental Resource Network, DNR's Nongame Conservation Section is offering a $1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher in Georgia who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/2/2013)

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review a proposed rule establishing a special opportunity turkey season for youth (<16-years of age) and mobility impaired persons.  If adopted, this special opportunity would be effective for the 2014 turkey season.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/1/2013)

Make safety a priority before boating this upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Wear a life jacket, boat sober, take a boating safety course and review your safety check list encourages the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.    

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/1/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing three changes regarding fishing regulations. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/1/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing changes to the current largemouth bass length limit on Lake Lindsay Grace in Wayne County.  This proposed change will be the main topic at an upcoming public hearing. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/1/2013)

Local anglers and other interested parties are invited to attend an upcoming public hearing hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division to provide input on proposed changes to the current largemouth bass length limit on Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/1/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing for the removal of the season restriction for fishing in marked areas around three springs in Lake Blackshear.  

MANSFIELD, Ga. (6/27/2013)

Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water.  Don’t know how to canoe?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered July 20, 2013. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (6/27/2013)

Georgia women interested in the outdoors can develop their hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor recreation skills through a program series provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/27/2013)

Cpl. Greg Wade, who patrols in Tift County, has been recognized with the Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts regarding waterfowl conservation over the past year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

ATHENS, Ga. (6/26/2013)

The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance recently received the 2013 Award for Program Excellence from the American Public Gardens Association, a national honor for the 31-member alliance that includes DNR.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/24/2013)

As part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI) the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division will participate in Operation Dry Water June 28-30. The mission of Operation Dry Water is also to bring awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/20/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is giving sportsmen another way to connect through the location-based social media network Foursquare. More than 30 million people are “checking in” on Foursquare to let their friends know where they are, what they’re doing and where they’ve been via their mobile device. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/20/2013)

Whether you are planning to visit a Georgia State Park or Historic Site or you just happen to stop by one on a whim, be sure to come “cast” away your worries by fishing – whether you have the fishing equipment or not!  The Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and State Parks and Historic Sites, provides loaner fishing poles and stocked tackle boxes to visitors, for FREE! 

WEST POINT, Ga. (6/14/2013)

The public shooting range located at West Point Wildlife Management Area will close for a short period of time beginning this coming Wednesday, June 19, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/13/2013)

Three new wild license plate designs are available in local tag offices, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division announced today. And thanks to a new license plate process, the new, rich-colored images cover the entire plate – making an even bolder statement for supporting wildlife conservation.  Georgians have cast their votes for the next generation of wildlife plates and the winning designs include the soaring bald eagle; the bobwhite quail, deer and wild turkey and the brook trout rising to a fly. 

ROYSTON, Ga. (6/4/2013)

A new archery range at Victoria Bryant State Park, located near Royston and Franklin Springs, is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their target skills.  It is one of 13 archery ranges currently available on public land in Georgia, and one of two ranges located at a State Park. 

ALBANY, Ga. (5/31/2013)

The public shooting range located at Chickasawhatchee Wildlife Management Area will close for a short period of time beginning this coming Monday, June 3, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (5/31/2013)

Add “Bear-proof the garbage” to your spring cleaning list. It’s one of the first and most important things you can do to resolve human-bear conflicts. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/31/2013)

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird and can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, any increase in the goose population, especially in urban areas, typically brings an increase in nuisance complaints. 

CLAXTON, Ga. (5/28/2013)

The long wait is over for local anglers!  The Evans County Public Fishing Area will re-open on June 1, 2013, after completion of a year's long project. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/28/2013)

Introduce a child or a friend to fishing and you will reap the rewards for years to come. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/28/2013)

Boating and fishing are unmatched leisure activities that help make a true connection with family, friends and the natural environment.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-9, 2013.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2013)

Stay sober and know the laws when operating a boat this holiday weekend, urges the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division. There were 118 boating accidents and 12 boating related fatalities in 2012 in Georgia, and conservation rangers made 180 boating under the influence arrests. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from or limit drinking alcohol while operating boats.   

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2013)

Quick boating safety quiz: Is it okay to jump the wake of another boat when you are less than 100 feet away or to use your personal watercraft to splash someone sitting on a dock? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/17/2013)

The week of May 18-24 is recognized as National Safe Boating Week, and conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division encourage those on the water to wear life jackets, file a float plan, stay sober and follow DNR regulations for safe boating.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/16/2013)

The sea turtle nesting season in Georgia has begun! Kris Williams of  the Caretta Research Project and a group of volunteers patrolling Wassaw Island's beach discovered the year’s first loggerhead nest Monday night. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (5/15/2013)

In the sporting opportunity of a lifetime, Georgians can win the right to hunt and fish for free for life statewide in a new contest sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/15/2013)

Beginning June 1, sportsmen and women of all ages can apply electronically for quota hunts including all adult/child, deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky (5/15/2013)

Two Georgia archery school teams were on the winner’s podium at the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament over Mother’s Day weekend, with one school bringing home its second national championship. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (5/8/2013)

Georgia natural resources leaders today announced the addition of more than 1,050 acres, known as the Howell Tract, to the Sheffield Wildlife Management Area in Paulding County.  This newly unveiled tract promises to enhance Sheffield and the adjacently-located Paulding Forest WMA by increasing the available public land and the protection provided to an important ecological area. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/6/2013)

Getting ready for a summer vacation on Georgia’s coast? Remember that while your family will be enjoying the beach, some popular coastal areas are important nesting habitat for protected birds.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (5/1/2013)

Time to get the whole family outside for an outdoor fun day!  Come to the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s JAKES Day on Saturday, May 11.  This FREE fun-filled event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Discovery Area located on the property and will be held rain or shine.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/1/2013)

With sea turtle and manatee sightings on the rise on Georgia's coast, boaters should be on the lookout. Boat strikes are a leading cause of sea turtle strandings and manatee injuries and deaths.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/25/2013)

Fourteen elementary school children have had their artwork selected as statewide winners from among nearly 1,800 entries in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Brunswick, Ga. (4/19/2013)

Biologists monitoring endangered North Atlantic right whales documented 20 cow/calf pairs this winter. While shy of the annual average of 21 since 2000, this winter's total is a significant increase over the seven calves in 2012.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/16/2013)

During spring and summer, it is not unusual to see young male bears venturing into suburbs and even urban areas, even in metro Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/16/2013)

A near-record group of young birders counted some 200 bird species during the annual Youth Birding Competition Saturday and Sunday.

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/12/2013)

Local anglers and other interested parties are invited to attend an upcoming public scoping meeting hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division to discuss largemouth bass management on Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County and potential changes to the current largemouth bass length limit. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/11/2013)

As the weather warms, people spending more time outdoors sometimes find seemingly “orphaned” wildlife. The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division urges residents to not "rescue" these animals.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/11/2013)

What’s making that peep or croak or trill on a spring evening? The updated CD “Calls of the Wild: Vocalizations of Georgia’s Frogs” may have the answer.

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/9/2013)

Hunters and others recently may have heard one of multiple news sources claim that the deer season length was to be reduced in the 2013-2014 hunting year.  Not the case.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wishes to address this concern and remind citizens to always check www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/regulations for correct information. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/1/2013)

What makes an animal a “nuisance?”  Most wildlife never comes close to people.  In fact, many people enjoy seeing such animals and believe that having them nearby adds to the value of their land.  However, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings. 

FORSYTH, Ga. (4/1/2013)

Bald eagle nest counts continue to climb in Georgia. Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division surveys documented 166 occupied nesting territories, 124 successful nests and 185 young fledged this year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/28/2013)

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 hunting seasons.  The public notice and synopsis of proposed rule changes are available on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division webpage at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/ProposedRegulations .  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/26/2013)

Search and rescue, boating safety enforcement, and boating safety education are just some of the responsibilities of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division boating officers.  Cpl. Shawn Elmore recently was selected as the 2012 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year for his outstanding performance as a boating safety officer.  

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/21/2013)

Cold-water north Georgia streams are receiving plenty of trout stockings in time for the opening day of seasonal trout streams Saturday, March 30, 2013.  In all, more than 1 million trout will be stocked by the end of this year, thanks to efforts by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/20/2013)

Just in time for turkey season, hunters can now sign in online before heading out to wildlife management area sign-in hunts.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2013)

The excitement was high at the seventh annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP)-Georgia State Tournament with 605 competing archers in 4th-12th grade shooting more than 24,000 arrows. At the end, Woodlawn Elementary from Chatsworth was crowned the overall high-scoring champion with a score of 3,225. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/14/2013)

Springtime is noisy! The clucking, the strutting, the yelping . . . and that’s just the hunters preparing for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia.  The highly anticipated day is Saturday, Mar. 23 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2013 season should be a good one.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/14/2013)

As turkey season approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages hunters to review important turkey hunting safety tips before hitting the woods. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/14/2013)

Do you need a hunter education course before turkey season arrives?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three ways to make that happen:  by classroom, CD-Rom or online. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/13/2013)

Atlanta’s fast-flying falcons are on the nest, and the world is watching again – but this time via video streamed at up to HD quality!  A new web camera operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers a fascinating look into a peregrine falcons nest more than 50 stories high in downtown Atlanta.

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/12/2013)

The disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. has been confirmed for the first time in Georgia.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that bats with white-nose syndrome were found recently at two caves in Dade County.

PERRY, Ga. (3/8/2013)

More than 600 students from the top school archery teams in the state will compete March 13 in the 7thannual National Archery in the Schools Georgia state tournament. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2013)

Local anglers and other interested parties are invited to attend an upcoming public meeting hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division to discuss proposed changes to the current largemouth bass length limits on Lake Lindsay Grace in Wayne County.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/6/2013)

Aimlessly casting a line and hoping for a bite is history, thanks to Georgia’s online fishing prospects. Anglers of all skill levels can benefit from these guides that detail 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers and include maps, local weather forecasts, best bets and species-specific techniques, all in one convenient location: www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/opportunities

THOMSON, Ga. (2/28/2013)

Angler Thomas Lewis of Grovetown in Columbia County reeled in the new state-record yellow perch from the Savannah River, just below Clarks Hill Dam, on Feb. 27, 2013.  This is the first new state record fish since 2010. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2013)

Trout-angling opportunities abound in the wintery swift-flowing waters of north Georgia’s rivers and creeks. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2013)

Challenge-hungry anglers should visit the state’s major reservoirs now for cold-weather striped bass action. This time of year, 5 to 15-pounders are common, with the occasional thrill of a 30-pound or bigger catch. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2013)

The brief Georgia winter provides a great opportunity to get excellent results for crappie fishing, and several reservoirs across the state offer rewards for anglers willing to brave the bitter cold temperatures. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/26/2013)

More than 20 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division with a 2012 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. 

DEMOREST, Ga. (2/26/2013)

Liberty Elementary School out of Canton claimed top shooting honors at the sixth and final Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/25/2013)

“Give It A Shot!” on March 2, March 9 and March 16. Turkey season opens March 23. Are you ready? The Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the Georgia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) are hosting “Give It A Shot!,” shotgun patterning days in March.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/25/2013)

Fisheries biologist Don Harrison recently was selected as the “Fishery Worker of the Year” by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/25/2013)

Fisheries biologist Jimmy Evans recently was honored with the “Career Contributions Award” by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (2/22/2013)

Johnson County High School claimed top shooting honors at the fifth Georgia National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament. 

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (2/22/2013)

Perennial archery power Woodlawn Elementary School clinched its place in Perry by posting the top overall team score at the fourth Georgia-National Archery in the Schools Program regional tournament. 

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (2/22/2013)

Dodge County High School in Eastman won top shooting honors at the first of six regional archery tournaments Saturday at Peach County High School. 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (2/20/2013)

State and federal wildlife officials in Georgia and North Carolina have announced Operation Something Bruin, an undercover law enforcement operation that involved about 80 wildlife violators and hundreds of violations. 

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/14/2013)

Marion County Middle and High School won their divisions at Georgia’s National Archery in the Schools Program Regional 3 Saturday. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/14/2013)

Bay Creek Elementary in Loganville won top shooting honors at the second of six regional archery tournaments Saturday at Loganville High School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/7/2013)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division selected Cpl. Jason Roberson, a conservation ranger assigned to Lake Lanier, as the 2012 State Ranger of the Year.  The honoree is recognized annually by the Shikar-Safari Club International. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (2/5/2013)

Gov. Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners today -- Georgia Power, Plum Creek and Wells Timberland -- for their stewardship in land management and practices benefiting the state’s wildlife.

PERRY, Ga. (1/30/2013)

Discover the world of reptiles with your pre-schooler or learn tricks and tips for kayak fishing at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry this February!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/24/2013)

Dedication to natural resources, both on and off the job, led to the recent selection of Kevin Lowrey as the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) "Wildlife Manager of the Year" award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/24/2013)

Catching poachers and other wildlife violators often involves lengthy criminal investigations and require diligence and dedication on behalf of conservation rangers.  Cpl. James Keener, representing Pickens County, was named Investigative Ranger of the Year for demonstrating determination and devotion in his work, which included a complex case with more than nine individuals charged with violations.  

ATLANTA, Ga. (1/17/2013)

It's going to get a little wild at the Georgia Capitol today as sportsmen’s and coastal conservation groups from the around the state meet with state leaders for  Sportsmen’s and Coastal Day at the Capitol.

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/16/2013)

Hey kids! Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s eighth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens. Learn more here!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/16/2013)

Georgia’s Youth Birding Competition turns 8 this year, and coordinator Tim Keyes said it has been "incredibly rewarding" to see the event's impact on conservation and participants. The rewards continue April 13-14 when the 24-hour statewide birdathon returns.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/15/2013)

Hunter education graduates can “give it a shot” with a free three-month pass to any of the 18 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shooting ranges in Georgia.  Typically, a wildlife management area license ($19) or other qualifying license would be required for shooters age 16 and up. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/14/2013)

Beginning this weekend, anglers can find the new 2013 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/7/2013)

The "citizen science" theme of this year's Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest encourages students statewide to explore, observe and record data about Georgia's rich diversity of nongame animals and native plants!

 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (12/28/2012)

Commercial fishermen can take to the water beginning at 6 a.m. on January 1, 2013 to take advantage of the opening day of shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Shad season runs through midnight on Saturday, March 30, 2013. 

PERRY, Ga. (12/20/2012)

The kids are out of school and all the gifts have been opened.  What do you do now?  Luckily, the Go Fish Education Center is open special holiday hours on Dec. 26 and 27 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/14/2012)

Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of hunting regulations for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 hunting seasons.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (12/14/2012)

Sapelo Island ferry users and other interested citizens are invited to review a proposed amendment to the Sapelo Island Access and Transportation Rule concerning ferry fee rates.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), comments related to the amendment may be submitted through Jan. 7, 2013.  

COCHRAN, Ga. (12/14/2012)

The boat ramp at James Dykes Memorial Park, located on the Ocmulgee River, is closed through December 20 for improvements.  

THOMASTON, Ga. (12/5/2012)

Hunting and other recreational access to Sprewell Bluff will continue uninterrupted after a transition of the property to Upson County beginning December 5, 2012.  Formerly known as Sprewell Bluff State Park, this area will still be owned by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, but not managed by the agency. 

Oglethorpe, Ga. (12/4/2012)

Macon County deer hunters and landowners are invited to attend an upcoming public meeting hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division to discuss the current county-wide antler point restriction (APR) regulation for Macon County.  The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Oglethorpe Business Center (Police Department) located at 500 Sumter Street in Oglethorpe. 

PERRY, Ga. (12/3/2012)

Go Fish is gearing up for the holidays! Santa is taking some time off to go fishin' at the Go Fish Education Center on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring the family out for an afternoon of fishing and refreshments with Santa! RSVP by Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. by calling 478-988-8000.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/3/2012)

Timing and consistent tracking lead to an arrest in a long-standing turkey poaching case and help provide an edge for Cpl. Mark Patterson in his recent selection as the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) "Officer of the Year" award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/21/2012)

Waterfowl hunters, have you finalized your plans?  Don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to get outdoors and pursue some birds.  The key to success, given the dry conditions across much of Georgia, may be hunting larger reservoirs. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/21/2012)

Quail hunting season is underway and the 2012-2013 forecast looks good, particularly in south and east Georgia.  Bobwhite abundance will be highest across landscapes with large blocks of high-quality, early-succession habitat (open grassy, weedy areas with scattered shrubs and brush). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/21/2012)

Rabbit hunting ranks high with small game hunters in Georgia and is a sport best enjoyed with family and friends.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (11/19/2012)

Beginning January 1, 2013, anyone with a valid Georgia fishing license, including those with a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s License and a Senior Lifetime License, who wants to fish in saltwater will need a FREE, annual Saltwater Information Program (SIP) permit. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/19/2012)

Are you grateful for Georgia’s wildlife and wild places? During this season of thanks, you can help conserve our most endangered animals, plants and habitats.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/15/2012)

Santa should take note.  This holiday season, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division is offering gifts guaranteed to please hunters, anglers and other wildlife enthusiasts, and benefit the wildlife and wild places they enjoy. 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (11/15/2012)

With the temporary closure of Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area (PFA), Paradise PFA is now home to even more big fish! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/7/2012)

Georgia hunters, anglers and wildlife enthusiasts now have an app of their own! 

HAWKINSVILLE, Ga. (11/1/2012)

Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area is scheduled to close on November 7, 2012 in order to fully address and make preparations to repair detected leaks in the main lake.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (10/30/2012)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is considering changes to the ferry fee structure for certain guests.  A modest rate increase is being considered to address increased operational costs and maintaining fiduciary responsibilities. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/25/2012)

RUN-OFF: GO ONLINE TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE EAGLE WILDLIFE TAG DESIGN!

During a recent internet vote to choose four new vehicle license plates, the voting was neck and neck between the two eagle designs that benefit wildlife conservation.  Because it was too close to call, there will be a run-off to pick the next new eagle design, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/19/2012)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding catches. Anglers who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species are eligible for an Angler Award. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/18/2012)

Beginning on November 1, anglers should head to north Georgia for fishing in one of the five delayed harvest trout streams, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (10/18/2012)

It’s official: Loggerhead sea turtle nesting is on the rise in Georgia. “For the first time since we started comprehensive nest surveys in 1989 … we have a statistically significant increasing trend in nesting,” said Mark Dodd, DNR Sea Turtle Program Coordinator.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/15/2012)

With an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions annually in Georgia, leaders of the state’s wildlife, highway safety and insurance agencies are advising motorists to be cautious of increased deer sightings this fall. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/15/2012)

Not only is Saturday, Oct. 20 the opening day of firearms deer season, it also is officially recognized as Turn In Poachers Day in Georgia according to a proclamation recently signed by Gov. Nathan Deal. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/12/2012)

Georgia women interested in the outdoors can develop their hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor recreation skills through a new series provided by Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. Registration is open for the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman "basic" program Nov. 2-4 at the center southeast of Atlanta.

FORSYTH, Ga. (10/10/2012)

Keep your hummingbird feeders filled and available this fall and winter. That’s the recommendation of DNR biologists, who know that some hummers winter in Georgia and benefit from the nourishment feeders offer.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/10/2012)

While archery and primitive weapons season occur first, many hunters anxiously wait until the opening day of firearms season to get into the woods.  That wait is almost over as firearms deer season begins Saturday, Oct. 20 and lasts through Jan. 1, 2013 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone, through Jan. 15, 2013. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/10/2012)

During the most recent hunting season, Georgia reported 36 hunting incidents, 16 of which involved firearms. With the upcoming Oct. 20 opening of firearms deer season, hunters are encouraged to review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods. 

PERRY, Ga. (10/3/2012)

Bring your coolers! It's time to catch catfish out of the fishing pond at Go Fish Education Center in Perry. Visitors can catch and take home five catfish each on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during October.

PERRY, Ga. (10/3/2012)

Go Fish Education Center invites moms and caregivers to bring little ones in for a new program, Camp Little Minnow, every Friday in October, 10 a.m. to noon.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2012)

Being young has its advantages!  During the statewide primitive weapons deer season, October 13-19, 2012, children under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm.  Additionally, youth under 16 years of age may hunt deer with any legal deer firearm during any wildlife management area primitive weapons hunts. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2012)

Muzzleloader.  Black Powder Gun.  These names apply to the type of firearm that can be used during the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season that begins Saturday, Oct. 13.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/2/2012)

Hunters should be alert and aware during primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 13-19, as muzzleloaders require specific safety precautions, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

EASTMAN, Ga. (9/17/2012)

A new archery range at Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA), located near Eastman, is now open.  This range is one of 12 archery ranges currently available on public land in Georgia. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/11/2012)

Fun events, plenty of activities and celebrating the passion for the outdoors is just what you will find at one of the many FREE celebrations that will be held in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

GRIFFIN, Ga. (9/7/2012)

Need more information on attracting backyard wildlife? Want to know more about managing your land for wildlife? Looking to improve your wildlife plots to attract game animals?  Are you trying to maximize timber revenue?  Do you need continuing education credits in pesticide, logging or other related topics?

FORSYTH, Ga. (9/5/2012)

The chittering sound of chimney swifts will grow this month then fade to silence by early November as the fall migration increases swift populations in Georgia before drawing the small, speedy birds south to the upper Amazon Basin.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/31/2012)

Waterfowl hunters can now confirm their hunting plans. The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunting regulations.    

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/30/2012)

For most hunters in Georgia, the deer season is the most anticipated time of the year, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  This year archers get first draw beginning Saturday, Sept. 8.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/30/2012)

Though commonly used by deer hunters everywhere, tree stands often are improperly installed. As a result, they are considered the leading cause of hunting-related incidents, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/30/2012)

Before you head to the woods on the opening day of deer season, make sure to print a new deer harvest record and carry it with you, reminds the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/30/2012)

Make sure you have your hunter education needs met before deer season arrives.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three ways to make that happen:  by classroom, CD course or online. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2012)

Four new wildlife vehicle license plates are coming to Georgia, and the Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division wants the public to help select the best tag design. Vote here!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/23/2012)

Even though school is “back in session,” the upcoming Labor Day holiday is expected to bring people to the water to celebrate for one more warm weather weekend.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/21/2012)

The window of opportunity is closing for people interested in a 2012 deer quota hunt.  If you want a chance, you need to complete your online quota application in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/17/2012)

Make sure you have your hunter education needs met before dove season arrives.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three ways to make that happen:  by classroom, CD course or online. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/17/2012)

Legal or not?  To make sure the dove field you have or that you hunt is legal, check out the online brochure “Dove Hunting and Agricultural Practices in Georgia,” available atwww.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/dovebrochure . 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/17/2012)

The free Migratory Bird Hunting license (HIP) requires all hunters pursuing doves, ducks, geese, rails and other migratory bird species to complete an annual harvest survey. The license is available online, by phone or at retail license agents across the state, and is provided to the hunter after they report previous year harvest rates. 

WAYCROSS, Ga. (8/3/2012)

Drought conditions causing drastically low water levels at Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area and throughout Middle Georgia, combined with a suspected leak in the deepest part of the main lake, create a tough situation for fisheries personnel with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/30/2012)

Often revered as a celebrated American fall tradition, squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce youth or a novice to the sport of hunting. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors.

GRIFFIN, Ga. (7/27/2012)

Land is a valuable resource and provides immense benefits to humans and to wildlife. Landowners, farmers or sportsmen who wish to increase the value and benefits of the land they own, hunt or manage should attend the 2012 Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Ga. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/27/2012)

Beginning this Friday, the 2012-2013 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide will be available online and in print, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.  

CORDELE, Ga. (7/23/2012)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today dedicated the Georgia Veterans State Park Boat Ramp in Cordele, giving boaters and anglers improved access to Lake Blackshear and providing opportunity to host large-scale fishing tournaments, a known economic boost for local communities. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/20/2012)

Two PFAs to Extend Hours in August: Beat the heat this August and fish all night! Two Public Fishing Areas are offering special all-night fishing hours on select dates. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/17/2012)

The deadline to apply for an alligator permit for the 2012 season in Georgia is Tuesday, July 31. Hunters must apply for an alligator quota hunt online with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division before midnight on July 31.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/12/2012)

Finding blackbanded sunfish in south Georgia is like hunting for needles in haystacks – with mud, gnats and sweltering heat thrown in. But a survey teaming Valdosta State University and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has found a new blackbanded sunfish population – the first in Georgia since 1980 – and confirmed another population not documented since 2001.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (7/2/2012)

A see-saw cycle of drought in early spring and heavy rains in late spring and the start of summer resulted in fewer wood stork nests and young in south Georgia this year.

St. Marys, Ga. (6/29/2012)

Roads closed due to swift water and flooded homes were among the obstacles that conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encountered this week as they provided assistance to South Georgia residents and other law enforcement agencies in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/28/2012)

As a result of South Carolina’s recently revised fishing laws, development of a new reciprocal agreement with Georgia was necessary and will go into effect July 1. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/28/2012)

Two law enforcement agencies are teaming up to maximize resources and coverage of Lake Lanier. Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division and Gwinnett County Police Department are launching a Boating Safety Initiative, which will increase law enforcement presence on the lake and help address issues such as Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/26/2012)

Wear a life jacket, boat sober and stay alert during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, urges the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).     

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/26/2012)

Whether you’re roughing it in a tent or staying in a comfy cabin, camping in Georgia includes the possibility of encountering a black bear. With more than 75 campgrounds and an estimated 5,100 black bears in the state, campers should always be aware and prepared. The key to preventing an unfavorable experience: Properly store all food and garbage. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/22/2012)

This weekend, marine law enforcement officers here in Georgia and nationwide will be on patrol during Operation Dry Water (ODW), an annual campaign focused on enforcement of BUI laws and educating all boaters about the risks of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Operation Dry Water 2012 will be held June 22-24, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/20/2012)

If Friday’s opening of the movie “Brave” draws girls and boys toward archery, the state’s Wildlife Resources Division is ready to help them learn and grow in the sport.

ATLANTA, Ga. (6/14/2012)

Henry E. Henderson Jr., chief of law enforcement for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, has returned from Israel after an intensive two weeks of public safety training conducted by Israeli police. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/12/2012)

As part of a long-term, nationwide survey, the Wildlife Resources Division is enlisting volunteers to begin collecting acoustic data from Georgia bats in the wild this month. The project will help better monitor changes in bat populations, particularly in the face of widespread threats such as white-nose syndrome.

 

DEARING, Ga. (6/8/2012)

The McDuffie Environmental Education Center (MEEC) celebrated the dedication of a new and improved facility today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division.  This new, larger facility replaces two older portable buildings, each with multiple structural issues that were purchased “used” for $1 each in 1999. 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (6/7/2012)

Give your kids outdoor skills that last a lifetime! Register now for summer camps offered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/7/2012)

Now is a great time to visit a wildlife area and spend quality family time enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing, shooting, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing or birding. Before you go, make sure you have the proper recreational license or pass. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/1/2012)

Maintaining habitat for a sparrow species in decline. Protecting the site of an endangered plant species. Conducting controlled burns to restore fire-dependent ecosystems. These are only some of the conservation accomplishments of corporate landowners in the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Forestry for Wildlife Partnership.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/31/2012)

Beginning June 1, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division will accept online applications for public quota hunts including deer, alligator, waterfowl, dove and many others. The newly redesigned system now allows sportsmen and women of all ages to apply electronically for quota hunts including Adult/Child specialty hunts. 

FORSYTH, Ga. (5/31/2012)

A warm winter and spring probably contributed to more snakes being seen this year, but there’s no evidence that Georgia snake populations are increasing, state wildlife biologists say.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/31/2012)

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation declare boating and fishing as unmatched leisure activities that help make a true connection with family, friends and the natural environment.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 2-10, 2012.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/31/2012)

Add “Bear-proof the garbage” to your spring cleaning list. It’s one of the first and most important things you can do to resolve human-bear conflicts. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/31/2012)

Looking for a way to spend more time with a child or grandchild this summer? Introduce them to fishing. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2012)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia State Patrol and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from drinking alcohol while driving vehicles and operating boats. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/22/2012)

Two Georgia elementary school archery teams finished in the top 10 in the nation at the 2012 National Archery in the Schools Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/18/2012)

Stay sober and know the laws when operating a boat this holiday weekend, urges the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. There were 109 boating accidents and 11 boating related fatalities in 2011 in Georgia, and conservation rangers made 168 boating under the influence arrests. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/18/2012)

As the weather starts to warm up, families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors, travel on vacation and spend time on the water – boating, fishing, sailing, and more. With more time spent on the water - it’s important to remember the safety precautions to take during these recreational activities. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/18/2012)

Quick boating safety quiz: Is it okay to jump the wake of another boat when you are less than 100 feet away or to use your personal watercraft to splash someone sitting on a dock? 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/11/2012)

Anglers looking to stock their freezer should visit Evans County Public Fishing Area in the next few weeks as the limit on what they can take increased after preparations began for an upcoming improvement project on the area. The PFA will temporarily close on June 1, 2012 and re-open in 2013. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/11/2012)

Striped bass and hybrid striped bass management in Altamaha River basin lakes, such as Jackson, Oconee, Sinclair, High Falls, Tobesofkee, and Juliette will be discussed at an upcoming public meeting on June 5, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/11/2012)

Two upcoming public meetings, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), are scheduled to receive public input regarding the Georgia-South Carolina reciprocal fishing agreement.   Changes being considered will affect border waters, from the Chattooga River to Lake Hartwell and downstream waters such as lakes Russell and Clarks Hill, and the Savannah River. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/10/2012)

Getting ready for a vacation on Georgia’s coast? Remember that your family won’t be the only ones at the beach. Some popular coastal areas double as important nesting habitat for protected birds such as Wilson’s plovers and least terns.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (5/7/2012)

Trap and skeet enthusiasts have a new range to visit now that the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) Shotgun Range officially opened today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/4/2012)

With manatees and sea turtles now widespread in Georgia’s coastal waters, boaters should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/3/2012)

Two of Georgia’s public shooting ranges located on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) will close for a short period of time beginning later this month, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/1/2012)

The seventh annual Youth Birding Competition held last weekend benefited conservation, birds and about 95 young Georgia birders.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/1/2012)

Looking for a way for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors this spring?  Come to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s (CEWC) JAKES Day Saturday, May 12!  This FREE fun-filled event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CEWC Discovery Area in Mansfield.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/20/2012)

Georgia’s state reptile is in line for some much needed help from a federal Farm Bill program. But interested landowners have only until April 30 to apply for financial assistance through the new Working Lands for Wildlife partnership. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/20/2012)

Twelve elementary school children were announced today as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest. More than 1,700 kindergarten through fifth-grade students participated in the 22nd annual conservation art competition, according to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/19/2012)

Big fish are caught at Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area (PFA)!   A 13 lb, 4 oz largemouth bass recently was caught and released back into the lake during survey work conducted by fisheries biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.  In addition, anglers currently are reporting big bass catches on a regular basis at this PFA located in Bleckley and Pulaski counties. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/19/2012)

Seeing a black bear in Georgia, even in metro Atlanta, is not unusual, especially during spring. That’s because during spring and summer, young male bears that are “on their own” for the first time sometimes venture into suburbs and even urban areas. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/19/2012)

Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s summer archery camps aim to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for two camps, beginning in June. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/9/2012)

As the weather warms and people spend more time outdoors, they sometimes come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” wildlife.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages residents to resist the urge to ‘rescue’ these animals. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/9/2012)

Georgia Wildlife Resources Division surveys of bald eagle nests this year show increases in occupied nesting territories, successful nests and young fledged. 

PERRY, Ga. (4/3/2012)

Fish the Georgia Bobberthon Express tournament for a chance at fun and prizes now through October 1!  This tournament allows anglers five months to catch tagged bream in any of four public fishing areas and turn them in for a prize and a FREE pass to the Go Fish Education Center in Perry.  At the end of the tournament, a random drawing of all anglers who caught a tagged fish will provide a chance to win one of four exciting grand prizes! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/3/2012)

What makes an animal a “nuisance”?  Most wildlife never come close to people.  In fact, many people enjoy seeing such animals and believe that having them nearby adds to the value of their land.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks, however, often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in personal yards.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/23/2012)

The excitement was high at the sixth annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP)-Georgia State Tournament!  Archery students were at the top of their game with 15 of 25 schools shooting qualifying scores for the NASP National Tournament, May 11-12, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. This national event will host more than 7,000 student archers from nearly 40 states making it the largest archery competition in the world. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/23/2012)

All the fish you can take!  Well, not quite, but for anglers at Evans County Public Fishing Area, the limit on what they can take will increase significantly as preparations are made for an upcoming improvements project on the area.  Due to construction needs, this PFA will temporarily close on June 1, 2012 and re-open in 2013. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/23/2012)

More than one million trout will be stocked by the end of this year, thanks to efforts by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In fact, many streams will be stocked by the end of March, just in time for the opening day of seasonal trout stream fishing, Sat., March 31. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2012)

Hunters are eagerly anticipating opening day of the Georgia turkey hunting season coming on Sat., Mar. 24 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) anticipates that the 2012 season should be a good one.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2012)

Successful hunting trips require a combination of skill, patience and most importantly, preparation. As turkey season rapidly approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages preparation first, hoping that hunters will brush up on important turkey hunting safety tips before hitting the woods. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2012)

Do you need a hunter education course before turkey season arrives?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division offers three ways to make that happen:  by classroom, CD-Rom or online. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/14/2012)

Expanding and enhancing public access to Wildlife Management areas is a priority for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).  A grant received by WRD will assist with this priority, but first the agency is seeking public comment for a required environmental assessment prior to the funds being awarded. 

PERRY, Ga. (3/13/2012)

More than 600 students throughout the state will compete March 21 in the 6th annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia State Tournament at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2012)

Enhance your outdoor experience by downloading the new mobile app from the Georgia Department of  Natural Resources.  The Official Georgia DNR Pocket Ranger® Mobile Tour Guide is offered free and is on-target for all hunters, fishermen and outdoorsmen according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/7/2012)

Did you know that contributing as little as $2 on your state income tax return this year can help conserve Georgia’s rare animals and plants?

SYLVANIA, Ga. (3/1/2012)

Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Screven County today dedicated the Burton’s Ferry Boat Landing, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the Savannah River. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/1/2012)

Get more information, more often from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources! As a way to make information more accessible, three of the DNR’s divisions -- Coastal Resources, State Parks & Historic Sites and Wildlife Resources -- have added email and digital subscription management to their websites to keep Georgians up-to-date on news and information. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/29/2012)

Biologists Trina Morris and Nikki Castleberry are a quarter-mile beneath tons of rock, smeared with mud and chilled to the bone from spending hours thigh-deep in a subterranean mountain stream. Welcome to Georgia’s frontline against the bat disease called white-nose syndrome, where the work is sometimes miserable but ever vital.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/27/2012)

Johnson County High School took top shooting honors at the final regional archery tournament Saturday in Wrightsville. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

Woodlawn Elementary School, the defending national champions in the elementary division, took top shooting honors at the fourth of five regional archery tournaments Saturday in Chatsworth. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

More than 25 anglers were recently recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division with a 2011 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch. This award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

Aimlessly casting a line and hoping for a bite is history, thanks to Georgia’s online fishing prospects. Anglers of all skill levels can benefit from these guides that detail 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers and include maps, local weather forecasts, best bets and species-specific techniques, all in one convenient location - www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/opportunities

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

The brief Georgia winter provides a great opportunity to get excellent results for crappie fishing, and several reservoirs across the state offer rewards for anglers willing to brave the bitter cold temperatures. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

Challenge-hungry anglers should visit the state’s major reservoirs now for cold weather striped bass action. This time of year, five to 15-pounders are common, with the occasional thrill of a 30-pound or greater catch. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

The crisp, swift-flowing waters of north Georgia’s rivers and creeks offer an abundance of trout angling opportunities this winter. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2012)

Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to celebrate Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests by participating in the 22nd annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

PERRY, Ga. (2/17/2012)

You may have been fishing or been in a kayak– but have you ever been kayak fishing?  Come learn how at the Kayak Fishing Symposium scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/10/2012)

Give it a shot! Turkey season opens March 24th. Are you ready? 

ATLANTA (2/8/2012)

Gov. Nathan Deal recognized three corporate forest landowners today -- Plum Creek, Georgia Power and Wells Timberland -- for their participation in the Forestry for Wildlife Partnership, a conservation program administered by DNR's Wildlife Resources Division.

ATLANTA, Ga. (2/7/2012)

It is going to get a little wild at the Georgia Capitol this Wednesday as sportsmen’s groups and coastal conservation groups from the around the state gather to meet with state leaders for “Sportsmen’s and Coastal Day at the Capitol.” 

LEESBURG, Ga. (2/6/2012)

Marion County High School in Buena Vista edged out Miller County High School by one point for top shooting honors at the third of five regional archery tournaments Saturday in Leesburg.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (2/6/2012)

Dodge County High School in Eastman ran away with top shooting honors at the second of five regional archery tournaments Monday in Fort Valley. 

LOGANVILLE, Ga. (2/6/2012)

Bay Creek Elementary School in Loganville ran away with top shooting honors at the first of five regional archery tournaments Saturday at Loganville High School. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/26/2012)

Catching poachers and other wildlife violators often involved lengthy criminal investigations and require diligence and dedication on behalf of conservation rangers. Cpl. Michael Crawley, representing Washington and Johnson counties, was named Investigative Ranger of the Year for demonstrating tenacity and excellence in his work, which included a complex case with more than 18 violations in 2011.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/26/2012)

Over the next month, more than 50 archery teams and close to 1,000 students in grades 4-12 will compete at one of five 2012 National Archery in the Schools Program-GA Regional Tournaments.

ATLANTA, Ga. (1/17/2012)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) joins the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and other partners at the 2012 SHOT-SHOW to announce the start of a yearlong celebration of the 75thanniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR),   one of the most significant and successful partnership approaches to fish and wildlife conservation in U.S. history.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/13/2012)

The new 2012 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations are now available.  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently distributed printed versions of the regulations to all Division offices and facilities, a number of State Parks and fishing license retailers statewide.  An online version of the new regulations already is available at www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/regulations . 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/9/2012)

When was the last time you had the chance to learn about nature and yourself, all at 50 feet up in a tree and for as little as $15? You have that chance now!  Welcome to Tree Top Excursions, a new program at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/4/2012)

The new Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass has been in effect a few days, and will help with much-needed maintenance on state wildlife areas. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/22/2011)

Hey kids, do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s seventh annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/22/2011)

The fun and educational 24-hour birdathon returns April 27-28. Registration is open now!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/22/2011)

Proposed regulations aimed at maintaining healthy populations of Georgia’s freshwater turtles will be the focus of a public hearing next month near Macon.

WAYCROSS, Ga. (12/21/2011)

Commercial shad fishermen will head out to the water beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2012 through midnight on Thursday, Mar. 31, 2012 to take advantage of the shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

PERRY, Ga. (12/19/2011)

Get ready middle Georgia…for trout fishing!  Now, most anglers in the state know that you are not going to find a trout fishing opportunity below the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta area.  But, as a special wintertime treat, the Go Fish Education Center is going to host a trout angling opportunity at their on-site casting pond.  

PERRY, Ga. (12/19/2011)

Stop by the Go Fish Education Center’s gift shop and reel in a 10 percent discount on your purchases just by saying “Go Fish!” at the cash register on Friday, Dec. 23.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/16/2011)

As if needing a reason to fish was necessary, anglers in Dodge and surrounding counties do have a new reason to visit Dodge County Public Fishing Area (PFA) - a recently completed fishing pier.  

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (11/29/2011)

One of the world’s rarest marine mammals is returning to Georgia’s coast. A North Atlantic right whale was seen off South Carolina on Nov. 22, the first of a watery winter migration to the endangered whales' calving and nursing grounds along Georgia, South Carolina and northeastern Florida.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/29/2011)

Talk about a heritage. Twenty-five years after the Georgia Natural Heritage Inventory Program was started, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section is tracking nearly 1,200 rare plant and animal species and 185 natural communities – a vital database available to the public and used to guide everything from conservation plans to land management.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/29/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division selected RFC Tim Butler, a conservation ranger for Pulaski/Bleckley counties, as the 2011 State Ranger of the Year.  

EATONTON, Ga. (11/18/2011)

Shooters have been hitting targets since October, but the new Cedar Creek Shooting Range was officially dedicated today, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.  

FORSYTH, Ga. (10/31/2011)

Grampus. Lasagna lizard. Snot otter. Hellbenders may have more unflattering nicknames than a cross-county football rival, but these big salamanders with the jelly-slick skin are attracting some positive, and needed, conservation attention.

ATLANTA, Ga. (10/27/2011)

Repairs to an existing Chattahoochee River boat ramp has begun, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. The ramp, frequently used by boaters and anglers, is located off Campbellton Road/Ga. Hw. 166 (Fulton County side). 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/26/2011)

A new access pass, called the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP), will be required for visitors to some wildlife areas beginning Jan. 1, 2012, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Those that potentially will need the pass include hikers, birders, cavers, cyclists and other non-traditional user groups of wildlife management areas, public fishing areas and some natural areas.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/25/2011)

The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently honored Cpl. Eric Brown with the "Officer of the Year" award, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Cpl. Brown, a conservation ranger assigned to Carroll and Douglas counties, now also is eligible to receive the national award from the NWTF.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/25/2011)

Georgia is once again home to a high ranking champion elementary school archery team after this month’s National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament, held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. In addition, Shelby Goodrich, of Woodlawn Elementary School in Chatsworth, came out as the top 4th grader in the competition. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/24/2011)

Conservation Rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are looking for assistance from the public regarding a shooting incident that occurred in Murray County this past weekend.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2011)

Fishing and leaf-viewing opportunities combined – what a great way to combine fun fall activities! The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has five delayed harvest streams available to anglers beginning Nov. 1.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2011)

Georgia has a diversity of bass that continues to reel in anglers from across the nation. As the only state in the nation with six of the seven black bass species, Georgia stands out as a bass angler’s paradise. This fall, regardless of where you are in the state, bass fishing opportunities abound, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is providing anglers with some helpful bass fishing information.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2011)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding and state record catches. Anglers who catch new state records or those who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species (angler award) are eligible for recognition.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/19/2011)

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.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/19/2011)

Saturday, Oct. 22, the opening day of firearms season for deer hunting, also is Turn In Poachers (TIP) Day in Georgia, according to a proclamation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/12/2011)

It is finally that time of the year again for Georgia hunters. Firearms deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 22 and lasts through Jan. 1, 2012 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone, through Jan. 15, 2012.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/12/2011)

For the 2010-2011 hunting season, Georgia reported 44 hunting incidents, 22 of which involved firearms. With the upcoming Oct. 22 opening of firearms deer hunting season, review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/5/2011)

The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division is part of a team working to conserve northwest Georgia's Raccoon Creek and its watershed, the most biologically diverse in the Etowah River basin below Lake Allatoona.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, WIldlife Resources Division recently selected Sgt. Tim Kendrick of the Macon Law Enforcement office as the 2011 Supervisor of the Year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/3/2011)

A new shooting range at Cedar Creek Wildlife Management Area will be available beginning Friday, October 14, 2011 for those interested in perfecting their target skills. While this is the first shooting range located at the Cedar Creek WMA, which is located in the Georgia Piedmont near Eatonton, it is one of 17 shooting ranges currently available on public land in Georgia.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (9/20/2011)

Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the City of Augusta today dedicated the Robert Baurle Boat Ramp, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the river.

CALHOUN, Ga. (9/16/2011)

Four out of five defendants charged with crimes related to killing a female black bear out of season in Fannin County pled guilty and will be paying fines totaling $2,700.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/13/2011)

In celebration of the passion for the outdoors that you share with 64 million other Americans, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get out and participate in one of the many FREE celebrations that will be held in honor of the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing day. Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a proclamation in honor of the conservation efforts led by America’s hunters and anglers, recognizing Saturday, Sept. 24 as NHF Day in Georgia, noting the plans underway for a statewide celebration. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2011)

Anticipating more than 15,000 users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the City of Port Wentworth today dedicated the Houlihan Bridge Boat Ramp area, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the Savannah River.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2011)

Anticipating thousands of users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Effingham County dedicated the Tuckasee King Boat Ramp and Landing, giving boaters and anglers improved access to the Savannah River.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/9/2011)

The printed 2011-2012 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide (p. 58) contains an error regarding two hunts at Clayhole Swamp WMA (near Sterling, GA), according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. The error lists two hunts as occurring on the same dates – an Adult Child Either Sex hunt and a Firearms Either Sex hunt. Correct info at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations .

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/8/2011)

Since 1993, hunters have been bringing meat to the tables of those in need through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program. Through this successful program, hunters have donated enough venison to serve more than 1.5 million meals. This year, hunters are asked to give a portion of their processed deer through the “Drop-Back-a-Pack” campaign at one of 12 participating processors through Jan. 15, 2012.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/8/2011)

The largest, most successful wildlife conservation program in the world, the Federal Wildlife Restoration Program, is fueled by hunters.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/7/2011)

For everyone from naturalists to novices, Georgia DNR offers many opportunities to experience the benefits of the outdoors. Those options include seven regional education centers operated by DNR's Wildlife Resources Division and partner agencies across the state.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/2/2011)

Deer season is the most popular hunting season of the year for hunters, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, and this year archers get first draw beginning Sat., Sept. 10. Last year, 122,316 archery hunters harvested more than 66,352 deer.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/2/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division reminds all deer hunters, including big game license holders, honorary and lifetime license holders, hunters under 16 years of age and landowners, to obtain a new deer harvest record for the upcoming season.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/2/2011)

Though commonly used by deer hunters everywhere, tree stands often are improperly installed and, as a result, are considered the leading cause of hunting-related incidents, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/31/2011)

The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting regulations. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/29/2011)

With thousands expected on Georgia reservoirs and rivers this holiday weekend, a new Department of Natural Resources video stresses water safety through the story of a south Georgia fishing trip that almost turned tragic.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2011)

While the school year has begun and many Georgians are now back in a different routine, a holiday weekend is always expected to bring people to the water to celebrate. This Labor Day weekend will surely be no exception, so the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2011)

A day on the river sounds ideal, drifting along in a tube or canoe, wading in for some fishing or just doing a little swimming. On many rivers in Georgia, this may mean spending time on calm, slow-moving water. But in areas like the Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam or on rivers designated to have “hazardous waters,” the atmosphere may change rapidly – from low and calm, to high and swift-moving. How do you stay safe?

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2011)

No one wants to think about what could go wrong when they are out for a day of fun and celebration. However, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it may be necessary when talking about safety on the water. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/24/2011)

No one wants to think about what could go wrong when they are out for a day of fun and celebration. However, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it may be necessary when talking about safety on the water. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2011)

A popular shooting range at Hannahatchee Wildlife Management Area, located near Richland in Stewart County, will temporarily close to make some needed repairs, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Repair work includes renovating the range to increase the height of the berms at the rifle range due to safety concerns.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2011)

Hunters statewide can celebrate the beginning of dove season at noon Saturday, Sept. 3. Long-awaited opening day is traditionally considered the beginning of the fall hunting season, and with the numerous wildlife management area hunts scheduled, it is the perfect opportunity to introduce children and grandchildren to the sport.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2011)

Hunter education courses in Georgia are offered three ways: by classroom, CD-Rom or online.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2011)

Georgians curious about the differences between legitimate dove field preparation and illegal baiting should read “Dove Hunting and Agricultural Practices in Georgia,” available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com .

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2011)

The Migratory Bird Hunting license (or HIP permit) requires all hunters pursuing doves, ducks, geese, rails and other migratory bird species to complete an annual harvest survey. The free license is available online, by phone or at retail license agents across the state, and requires hunters to report harvest rates.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/15/2011)

DNR biologists and interns have spent summer nights working mist nests and Anabat routes on Georgia's barrier islands, part of a State Wildlife Grants project aimed at gaining needed information on populations of yellow and other bats in the Coastal Plain.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/9/2011)

Plans for Oaky Woods WMA include restoring and expanding the area's Atlantic Coastal Plain chalk prairies, a globally rare habitat.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/8/2011)

The 2011-2012 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/8/2011)

The beginning of squirrel season is just around the corner, are you ready? Often revered as a celebrated American fall tradition, squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce youth or a novice to the sport of hunting. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/8/2011)

If Part 2 of a five-state effort led by Georgia DNR hits its mark, about 52,000 acres of prime sandhills habitat will be restored from Florida to Mississippi by 2014.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/5/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division (CRD) is currently conducting a telephone survey of Georgia lifetime license holders. This survey will run from August 4 – August 9, 2011 for the purpose of verifying contact information that will be used for future surveys to determine marine angler effort. Approximately 1,500 Georgia lifetime license holders will be surveyed at this time to verify the accuracy of their contact data. For more information call CRD at 912-264-7218.

ATLANTA, Ga. (7/21/2011)

Jack Crockford, director of the Georgia Game and Fish Commission during the 1970s and widely recognized as the father of Georgia's white-tailed deer restoration program during the 1950s and '60s, passed away on June 16, 2011 at the age of 88. Crockford was probably best known for having developed the world-famous "Cap-Chur gun" for tranquilizing white-tailed deer and other wild animals during the 1950s. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/15/2011)

Visiting one of Georgia’s Public Fishing Areas (PFAs) with the family is a great in-state way to entertain both the kids and adults this summer.  Beginning on August 1, 2011, nine PFAs will have new days of operation, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/11/2011)

 

July 11 marks 100 years of conservation in Georgia, where outdoor recreation packs a $3 billion-plus economic punch each year and biological diversity ranks among the richest in the U.S.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/8/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) recently promoted Eddie Henderson to the position of Colonel, Chief of Law Enforcement for the Division. Henderson fills the vacancy after Col. Homer Bryson was promoted to become Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/29/2011)

As expected, the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend is sure to be a busy one on Georgia’s lakes and waterways, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Conservation Rangers will do their best to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and boaters are strongly encouraged to remain alert and aware at all times.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/29/2011)

Whether it is a “roughing it” summer tent camping trip or a comfy stay at a cabin in the woods, there’s always a possibility for a black bear sighting or encounter in North Georgia. With more than 75 established campgrounds and an estimated 5,100 black bears in the State, campers should always be aware and prepared for a black bear encounter. The key to preventing an unfavorable experience is to properly store food and garbage.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/22/2011)

Georgia DNR Law Enforcement rangers will participate in Operation Dry Water June 24-26 looking for boaters whose Blood Alcohol Content exceeds the state limit of .10 percent.

EATONTON, Ga. (6/22/2011)

A new archery range at Rock Hawk in Putnam County is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their target skills.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (6/22/2011)

Drought in South Georgia and a warmer winter in southern Florida likely contributed to a downturn in wood stork nesting this spring in Georgia. Still, a DNR biologist said the estimate of 2,136 nests is the state’s third-highest total on record and does not reverse a general trend of increases in wood stork nesting.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (6/20/2011)

Taking the family to a Georgia beach? Please be ready to share it with families of a different feather – beach-nesting birds.

ATLANTA, Ga. (6/16/2011)

Boaters and anglers that frequent the Morgan Falls Dam tailwater of the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs will be excited to know that the construction to replace the boat ramp has been completed, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (6/15/2011)

Some brown pelicans rescued from the Gulf oil spill last summer and released in Georgia not only returned to the state this spring, they are nesting and raising young here.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/27/2011)

A proposed amendment to Rule 391-1, Administration is under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources that will specify how the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will provide refund of fees.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/27/2011)

The Board of Natural Resources recently approved proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2011-2013 hunting seasons and adopted proposed rules for the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/27/2011)

A proposed amendment to hunting regulations is under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold a public hearing to receive comment on the following: Proposed Amendment to Rule 391-4-2-.71, Federal Wildlife Areas.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2011)

You can win prizes, for fishing….yes, fishing! Register for the 2nd Georgia Bobberthon fishing tournament and you could find yourself winning some fun prizes. Bobberthon is a tournament at which registered anglers have approximately two months to catch tagged bream in any of four public fishing area lakes. The angler then must register their tag(s). These first few steps guarantee a reward – but then even more prizes are available at the Grand Bobberthon Tournament!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2011)

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation declare boating and fishing as unmatched leisure activities that help make a true connection with family, friends and the natural environment. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 4-12, 2011. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2011)

How can you make family memories that will last a lifetime? For many anglers, fond childhood memories involve a family fishing trip and a stringer of bream. So, don’t delay – take them fishing today! Where to go? Visit a nearby public fishing area.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2011)

Looking for a way to spend more time with a child or grandchild this summer? Introduce them to fishing. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2011)

It’s too hot! It doesn’t look cool. I know how to swim. Nothing is going to happen to me. These are just some of the many reasons people claim that they do not wear their life jackets. But with approximately 500 people drowning nationwide each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to push the message of “Wear It!”- wear your life jacket at all times while you are on the water. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2011)

On Memorial Day weekend one thing is certain, thousands of boaters and anglers will be out enjoying the holiday on state waters, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Last year there were 135 boating accidents and 16 boating incident related fatalities in Georgia, and conservation rangers made 139 boating under the influence arrests.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters under the age of 16 that there is a minimum age requirement to operate a boat or personal watercraft (PWC) on public lakes and waterways. Young boaters can satisfy the minimum age requirements of this law by taking a boating safety course or by operating a boat under the supervision or in the accompaniment of an adult. The DNR encourages adults to NEVER leave young children unattended on vessels.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from drinking alcohol while operating a boat or personal watercraft (PWC).

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2011)

Quick boating safety quiz: Is it okay to jump the wake of another boat when you are less than 100 feet away or to use your personal watercraft to splash someone sitting on a dock?

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/19/2011)

Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s summer archery camps aim to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for several camps, some beginning as early as this month!

LOUISVILLE, Ky (5/19/2011)

Georgia is home to the first place elementary school archery team in the country after this month’s National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament. Woodlawn Elementary’s finish is the highest ever by a Georgia school competing at NASP Nationals, which saw more than 7,000 student archers from nearly 300 schools and 34 states compete in the elementary, middle and high school divisions. The tournament is the largest archery competition in the world. In addition to Woodlawn Elementary, ten additional Georgia schools had students competing at this event.

COVINGTON, Ga. (5/19/2011)

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center (located between Covington and Jackson on Ga. Hwy. 36) will host its 9th annual FFA Wildlife Camp this summer. The goal of the wildlife camp is to teach young boys and girls about outdoor sports and safety and to increase their awareness and appreciation of wildlife. This year there will be four “Wildlife Camps” to provide wildlife education and outdoor safety training in a dynamic environment for young boys and girls. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/17/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently honored RFC Tim Butler with the Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts regarding waterfowl conservation over the past year.

ATLANTA (5/17/2011)

Four new falcons will soon be eligible for drafting, riding the air currents that swirl around their high-rise home in downtown Atlanta.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/10/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold a public meeting on May 24, 2011 to gather public input and discuss management decisions for the bass fishery on Lake Allatoona. 

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN (5/10/2011)

Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the Georgia state winners of the 2011 State-Fish Art Contest.  A distinguished panel of wildlife artists and honorary judges selected the following winners for their outstanding artwork:

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/9/2011)

Georgia’s rare animals and plants are profiled in a new lineup of species accounts at www.georgiawildlife.com. The 400-plus updated and expanded accounts detail the identification, habitat use, distribution, ecology and conservation of Georgia’s protected species, plus selected rare species considered at risk but not officially protected.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (5/9/2011)

With sea turtles moving into coastal waters and manatees migrating from Florida, boaters on Georgia’s coast should be on the lookout for these big and rare animals.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/9/2011)

Boaters and anglers that frequent the Morgan Falls Dam portion of the Chattahoochee River near Sandy Springs should expect to see construction for replacement of the existing boat ramp beginning today, Mon. May 9, 2011. The new ramp should be completed in early June.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/9/2011)

The distinctive call of the coyote or “song dog” echoes across our state, from the more welcoming rural areas of wooded forests and open fields, to the less inviting environments of major cities and neighborhoods.  Rapid human population growth across the state coupled with the coyote’s unique ability to adapt and thrive, contributes to today’s increased observation of coyotes in urban settings.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/9/2011)

Add bear-proof the garbage to your spring cleaning list and feel good about taking the first step in resolving human-bear conflicts. Easily accessible garbage is irresistible to a hungry black bear and unfortunately, a major threat to its survival. By bear-proofing your garbage, you’ll not only keep your yard tidy, but more importantly, you’ll add years to the lives of some of Georgia’s magnificent wild black bears.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/29/2011)

Portions of Lake Burton have been closed to boater traffic until midnight, May 6, 2011 due to hazardous conditions, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

 

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/29/2011)

Looking for a way for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors this spring? Come to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s JAKES Day Saturday, May 14! This fun-filled event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s (CEWC) Discovery Area in Mansfield. Sponsors for the JAKES Day include the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/29/2011)

Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend than hunting with a kid? Join the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division for a weekend of family fun at the new “Hunt and Learn” program at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (Mansfield, GA) on May 13-15, 2011. This event is part of a series of Advanced Hunter and Aquatic Education weekend programs offered by the Division focusing on hunting and fishing skills and conservation knowledge.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (4/27/2011)

Loggerhead sea turtles will soon start crawling onto Georgia’s barrier island beaches to nest. One ambitious leatherback sea turtle already has.

CUMMING, Ga. (4/27/2011)

Springtime is a great time to observe many species of colorful birds known as neotropical migrants. Just north of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division’s Buford Trout Hatchery offers a combination of habitat that is attractive to neotropical migrants, making it the perfect location to spot a beautiful summer tanager or orchard oriole.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/26/2011)

Conservation, birds and about 100 young Georgia birders all benefited from the 2011 Youth Birding Competition. The 24-hour birding event held April 16-17 drew some 25 teams of contestants from preschool-ages to teens. They spotted scores of bird species and raised nearly $1,500 for conservation organizations.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/14/2011)

Your chance at fun and prizes awaits you if you choose to participate in the 2nd Georgia Bobberthon fishing tournament! Bobberthon is a tournament at which registered anglers have approximately two months to catch tagged bream in any of four public fishing area lakes. The angler then must register their tag(s). These first few steps guarantee a reward – but then even more prizes are available at the Grand Bobberthon Tournament! 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/14/2011)

Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s summer archery camps aim to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for several camps, some beginning as early as May!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/11/2011)

Don’t forget your wild neighbors this tax season! The Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund checkoff on state income tax forms is one of the easiest and most effective ways to help conserve rare and endangered animals and plants.

Forsyth, Ga. (4/11/2011)

Chalk up another solid nesting year for bald eagles in Georgia. DNR aerial surveys documented 142 occupied nesting territories, 111 successful nests and 175 young fledged.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/7/2011)

A new archery range at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge is now available for archers, bow hunters, youth groups and others interested in perfecting their target skills. While this is the first archery range located at a State Park, it is one of nine archery ranges currently available on public land in Georgia.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/4/2011)

ATHENS, Ga. (April 4, 2011) - Twelve elementary school children have been named statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and The State Botanical Garden of Georgia announced today.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/1/2011)

A black bear sighting, even somewhere like metro Atlanta, is not altogether unusual, especially during the Georgia springtime. That’s because during the spring and summer, young male bears that are “on their own” for the first time may be found roaming and sometimes stumbling into non-traditional bear range, including suburbs and urbanized areas.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/30/2011)

Concern for wildlife, especially young animals, is simply human nature. Most people who come across a deer fawn, a young bird or a newborn rabbit that is alone will initially watch in amazement and then sometimes wonder if the animal is in need of help. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages residents to resist the urge to ‘rescue’ these animals.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (3/30/2011)

Can you think of a better way to spend a weekend than fishing with a kid? Join the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division for a weekend of family fun at their new “Hook and Learn” program at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) on April 8-10. This is the first in a series of Advanced Hunter and Aquatic Education week-end long programs offered by WRD focusing on hunting and fishing skills and conservation knowledge.  Deadline to register is April 1!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/25/2011)

The public will now have “More Places To Hunt” on Dawson Forest WMA thanks to efforts by governmental agencies, sportsmen’s organizations and a private landowner. A previously closed road that limited access has recently been re-opened on the WMA, just in time for the opening of Turkey season – March 26.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/25/2011)

Proposed regulations are under consideration by the Board of Natural Resources. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold three public hearings to receive input on the following proposals: 1) proposed hunting regulations for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 hunting seasons and 2) proposed regulations for establishing a fee system that captures revenue from non-hunting and angling users for use of certain designated areas on wildlife management areas and public fishing areas.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/25/2011)

Does your child’s school have programs that add both diversity and interest to the classroom and “engage the unengaged” student? The National Archery in the Schools Program is a program that can help accomplish this objective. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/23/2011)

Anglers that frequent the Morgan Falls Dam portion of the Chattahoochee River should be excited about the completion of a new fishing pier. The pier, built by Georgia Power as a recreational improvement for Morgan Falls Dam, will provide great additional angler access below the dam according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/17/2011)

It is time for pre-season trout stocking and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to stock more than one million trout in Georgia streams, rivers and small lakes by the end of the year. Many streams will be stocked by the end of the month and in time for opening day for seasonal trout stream fishing – Sat., March 26th.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/14/2011)

Young birders have only until March 31 to sign up for this year’s Youth Birding Competition, a fun and free Georgia bird-a-thon set for April 16-17. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/14/2011)

Georgia’s rare animals and plants need your help. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2011)

The opening day of the Georgia turkey hunting season is Sat., Mar. 26 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division anticipates that the 2011 season should be fair, with harvest likely down from the 2010 season. Statistics from the 2010 season harvest summary indicate that an estimated 47,275 resident Georgia hunters bagged 34,001 turkeys last year. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2011)

Successful hunting trips require a combination of skill, patience and most importantly, preparation. As turkey season rapidly approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages preparation first, hoping that hunters will brush up on important turkey hunting safety tips before hitting the woods.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2011)

Hunter education courses in Georgia are offered three ways: by classroom, CD-Rom or online.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/10/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently selected Dennis Ellis as the 2010 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year. This award is presented annually in recognition of an instructor who displays outstanding volunteer efforts in educating sportsmen and women on wildlife conservation and the importance of safety while hunting.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/8/2011)

Aimlessly casting a line and hoping for a bite is history thanks to Georgia’s online fishing prospects. Anglers of all skill levels can benefit from these prospect guides that detail 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers and include maps, local weather forecasts, best bets and species-specific techniques, all in one convenient location - www.gofishgeorgia.com .

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/8/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently awarded more than 25 anglers with a 2010 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch (or catches!) last year. The angler award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight or length for that particular species. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/8/2011)

The crisp, swift-flowing waters of north Georgia’s rivers and creeks offer an abundance of trout angling opportunities this winter. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/8/2011)

Challenge-hungry anglers should visit the state’s major reservoirs now for cold weather striped bass action. This time of year, five to 15-pounders are common, with the occasional thrill of a 30-pound or greater catch. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/8/2011)

The brief Georgia winter provides a great opportunity to get excellent results for crappie fishing, and several reservoirs across the state offer rewards for anglers willing to brave the bitter cold temperatures. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/21/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division is one of four states recently recognized by the American Fisheries Society’s Fisheries Administrator’s Section for their efforts to provide the public with quality fishing opportunities and aquatic education programs. Other state agencies recognized include the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/21/2011)

Visitors at many of Georgia’s state parks, wildlife management areas and natural areas this winter are in for a treat: an up-close glimpse of habitat restoration in progress as trained “firelighters” set controlled, prescribed fires to the forest understory.

PERRY, Ga. (2/17/2011)

More than 30 schools and almost 800 student archers competed at the recent Georgia-NASP State Tournament. That is almost double the number of participants at last year’s event!

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (2/17/2011)

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.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently selected Alex Coley as the new Assistant Chief for the Game Management Section. He fills the position left vacant by Rusty Garrison, who recently assumed duties overseeing the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/15/2011)

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, a beautiful engraved Henry Golden Boy .22 rifle has been created and is available to the public for a limited time.  Click here for more information.  Deadline to order is April 1, 2011.

ATLANTA (2/10/2011)

Gov. Nathan Deal recently recognized Georgia Power and Plum Creek as 2010 partners in Georgia DNR's Forestry for Wildlife Partnership, a voluntary program that promotes blending wildlife conservation into corporate forestry practices.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/8/2011)

More than 700 students throughout the state will compete Feb. 11 in the 5th annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia State Tournament.
 

ATLANTA, Ga. (2/8/2011)

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.” 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/1/2011)

Hey, kids, do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s sixth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/1/2011)

The numbers of birds and birders have been on the rise since the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division joined with The Environmental Resources Network Inc. and other partners to begin the Youth Birding Competition.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/28/2011)

Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to celebrate Georgia’s wildlife diversity from the mountains to the sea by participating in the 21st annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

ATLANTA, Ga. (1/27/2011)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Board passed a resolution today supporting the investigation of the recent killing of three whooping cranes in Calhoun County, Ga.   Members of the Georgia DNR Board and the Georgia DNR Foundation also are contributing an additional $4,800 to the reward fund. This addition brings the total reward fund amount to$20,800.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/27/2011)

Law enforcement rangers with the Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division  consistently face a wide variety of natural resource related criminal activity. Often times, lengthy criminal investigations ensue which require diligence and dedication on behalf of the officers. In recognition for that work, the Law Enforcement Section annually selects one ranger as the Investigative Ranger of the Year. The ranger for 2011 is RFC Ben Roberts of Dougherty County. Safari Club International, Georgia Chapter sponsors this award.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/19/2011)

Scientists from NOAA Fisheries Service and its partners, including Georgia DNR, successfully used at-sea chemical sedation to help cut the remaining ropes from a young North Atlantic right whale on Jan. 15 off Cape Canaveral, Fla. This marked the second time a free-swimming whale has been successfully sedated to enable disentanglement efforts.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/13/2011)

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.

 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (1/13/2011)

After three years, dozens of trips to the field, hundreds of hours in front of the computer and at least 20 collaborative meetings, a simple idea that grew into a full-blown multi-agency project is approaching the finish line.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/11/2011)

During times of inclement weather (ice, snow, flooding), roads are sometimes closed on various state and federal properties.  If you have any concerns about an area you are scheduled to visit soon, check out this page for info.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/4/2011)

The new 2011 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations are now available. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently distributed printed versions of the regulations to all Division offices and facilities, a number of State Parks and fishing license retailers statewide. An online version of the new regulations already is available at www.gofishgeorgia.com.

ATLANTA, Ga. (12/13/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division will hold eight public meetings across the state in order to accept public input on the recently completed “Report of the Land Management Steering Committee.” Certain recommendations of the committee can be enacted only through regulations. Public input is key to developing these regulations.

ATLANTA, Ga. (12/11/2010)

Click to view a copy of the Report of the Land Management Steering Committee.  Input welcome at any of eight (8) upcoming public meetings.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/10/2010)

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.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/10/2010)

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.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (12/8/2010)

A winter draw down is underway at Fox Lake on the Marben Public Fishing Area, located in Mansfield, Ga., according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. This draw down reduces the water in the lake in an effort to accomplish several goals. The draw down began on Tues. Dec. 7, 2010 and will remain down until Feb. 15, 2011.

ATLANTA, Ga. (12/8/2010)

The Board of Natural Resources today approved the recommendation of Governor Sonny Perdue and Governor-Elect Nathan Deal to name State Rep. Mark Williams of Jesup as the next Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As a member of the state House of Representatives, Williams has served on both the Natural Resources and Environment and the Game, Fish and Parks committees. Effective immediately, he succeeds Chris Clark as DNR Commissioner.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/3/2010)

Commercial shad season runs from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1 2011 through midnight on Thursday, Mar. 31, 2011, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Commercial shad fishermen need to be aware that fishing regulations have significantly changed since the 2010 season.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/30/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold three public meetings to accept public comment on the recently completed Alligator Management Plan. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating. 

FORSYTH, Ga. (11/30/2010)

Sarah Barlow had a problem: a deep knowledge and interest in frogs and toads,  but no place to apply that knowledge. The answer: the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, an international study investigating the distribution and relative abundance of amphibians across the continent. NAAMP depends on frog-savvy volunteers who monitor local listening routes. Barlow took part earlier this year. But Georgia could use more skilled volunteers in 2011, said John Jensen, state NAAMP coordinator and a DNR wildlife biologist.

THOMSON, Ga. (11/23/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold a public meeting on November 29, 2010 to discuss management decisions for the striped bass fishery on Lake Richard B. Russell. This fishery is currently managed through a reciprocal agreement between Georgia and South Carolina.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/19/2010)

Since 1993, hunters have been bringing meat to the tables of those in need through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program. This successful program continues to provide opportunities during hunting season for hunters to share their harvest with those in need. Currently, hunters can donate deer at 14 participating deer processors through Jan. 15. Additionally, two sites will be available this weekend (Nov. 20th-21st). 

 

CALHOUN, Ga. (11/18/2010)

Thanks to a cooperative agreement between Gordon County and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, boaters and anglers have a new facility to launch motor boats and canoes on the Oostanaula River.  A new ramp was required after a previous ramp, which served the area for four decades, closed in 2007 due to issues of inaccessibility. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/12/2010)

After weeks of scorching weather, cooler temperatures are a welcome sign to wildlife biologist Shan Cammack of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. When fall arrives, Cammack knows it is only a matter of time before she laces up her fire boots and buttons up the Nomex.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/1/2010)

A record-breaking year came to a close recently as members of the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative met in Brunswick to wrap up the nesting season. There were 1,750 loggerhead nests recorded in 2010, topping the previous record of 1,646 from 2008. Last year’s nesting totals were much lower, with only 995 reported.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division announces the recentappointment of Ted Will as the new Assistant Fisheries Management Section chief.  He fills the position left vacant by Michael Spencer who took the position of License and Boat Registration Unit Supervisor.  Ted Will previously served as Region Supervisor for the West Georgia region.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2010)

Fishing and leaf-viewing opportunities combined – what a great way to combine fun fall activities! The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division has five delayed harvest streams available to anglers beginning Nov. 1.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2010)

Georgia has a diversity of bass that continues to reel in anglers from across the nation. As the only state in the nation with six of the seven black bass species, Georgia stands out as a bass angler’s paradise. This fall, regardless of where you are in the state, bass fishing opportunities abound, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is providing anglers with some helpful bass fishing information.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/29/2010)

Each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recognizes anglers for outstanding and state record catches. Anglers who catch new state records or those who catch a fish that meets or beats a specific weight or length limit for that species (angler award) are eligible for recognition. Information regarding angler awards and state record fish can be found on the division’s Web site at www.gofishgeorgia.com or in the Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guidebook available at all division offices and license agents. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/22/2010)

For over 100 years, Georgia has been known as a premiere bobwhite quail hunting destination and the Georgia General Assembly even designated the bobwhite as the State Gamebird in 1970.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2010)

Anglers who frequent the Morgan Falls Dam portion of the Chattahoochee River should be excited to learn about the construction of a new fishing pier, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2010)

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.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/21/2010)

The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently honored RFC James McLaughlin with the "Officer of the Year" award, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. RFC McLaughlin, a conservation ranger assigned to Telfair County, now also is eligible to receive the national award from the NWTF.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/14/2010)

Georgia is home to a world champion elementary school archery team after this month’s National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament.  Woodlawn Elementary is the first Georgia school to compete on the World Competition level, which saw more than 950 student archers from 21 states compete in the elementary, middle and high school divisions. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2010)

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. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2010)

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. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2010)

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.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/13/2010)

For the 2009-2010 hunting season, Georgia reported 45 hunting incidents, 14 of which involved firearms. With the upcoming Oct. 16 opening of firearms deer hunting season, hunters are encouraged to review the ‘Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods. 

PERRY, Ga. (10/7/2010)

Gov. Sonny Perdue and local community leaders cut the celebratory ribbon at the official dedication of the Go Fish Education Center today in Perry.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/4/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently selected Capt. Doug Lewis of the Brunswick Law Enforcement office as the 2010 Supervisor of the Year. 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (9/27/2010)

After an amazing journey, the whimbrel has settled down in the remote Coppename Monding Nature Preserve in Suriname. The rest is deserved. This pigeon-sized shorebird  has just traveled more than 4,700 miles, including nearly 3,500 miles nonstop in five days!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/24/2010)

Since 1993, hunters have been bringing meat to the tables of those in need through the Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program. This successful program celebrated serving its one-millionth meal in 2007 and continues to provide opportunities during hunting season for hunters to share their harvest with those in need. Currently, hunters can donate deer at fifteen participating processors through Jan. 15.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2010)

Hunter education courses in Georgia are offered three ways:  by classroom, CD-Rom or online.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2010)

Though commonly used by deer hunters everywhere, tree stands often are improperly installed and as a result, are considered the leading cause of hunting-related incidents.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2010)

Deer season is the most popular time of the year for Georgia hunters, and this year archers get first draw beginning Sat., Sept. 11.  Last year, 107,792 archery hunters harvested more than 54,000 deer.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division reminds all deer hunters, including big game license holders, honorary and lifetime license holders, hunters under 16 years of age and landowners, to obtain a new deer harvest record for the upcoming season.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2010)

The largest, most successful wildlife conservation program in the world, the Federal Wildlife Restoration Program, is fueled by hunters.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/10/2010)

In celebration of the passion for the outdoors that you share with 64 million other Americans, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get out and participate in one of the many FREE celebrations that will be held in honor of the 2010 National Hunting and Fishing day.  Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed a proclamation in honor of the conservation efforts led by America’s hunters and anglers, recognizing Saturday, Sept. 25 as NHF Day in Georgia, noting the plans underway for a statewide celebration.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (9/1/2010)

From monitoring swallow-tailed kites along the coast to surveying rare fishes in highland rivers, the federal State Wildlife Grants Program has funded wildlife conservation across Georgia since 2000. DNR is celebrating the 10-year anniversary with events highlighting wildlife stories and successes the grants helped make possible.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2010)

The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the 2010-2011 waterfowl hunting regulations.   

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2010)

The window of opportunity is closing for those interested in applying for a quota deer hunt on select public land and at select State Parks.  If you want a chance to hunt, you need to be sure to get your online quota application in before midnight September 1.    A total of 35 quota deer hunts on public land and six State Park quota deer hunts are scheduled.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2010)

While most Georgians have headed back to work and school, a warm holiday weekend always brings people to the water to celebrate.  This Labor Day weekend will be no exception and given that expected level of activity, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/26/2010)

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fun in the great outdoors.  As Labor Day approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors over the holiday weekend and continue enjoying outdoor activities into the fall.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/23/2010)

Hunter education courses in Georgia are offered three ways: by classroom, CD-Rom or online. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/23/2010)

Georgians curious about the differences between legitimate dove field preparation and illegal baiting should read  “Dove Hunting and Agricultural Practices in Georgia,” available at www.gohuntgeorgia.com .

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/23/2010)

The Migratory Bird Hunting license (or HIP permit) requires all hunters pursuing doves, ducks, geese, rails and other migratory bird species to complete an annual harvest survey. The free license is available online, by phone or at retail license agents across the state, and requires hunters to report harvest rates. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/23/2010)

Hunters statewide can celebrate the beginning of dove season at noon Saturday, Sept. 4. Long-awaited opening day is traditionally considered the beginning of the fall hunting season, and with the numerous wildlife management area hunts scheduled, it is the perfect opportunity to introduce children and grandchildren to the sport. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/19/2010)

The discovery of a federally endangered amber darter in North Georgia’s Coosawattee River raises hope for the survival of a rare fish known from only two other river systems.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/13/2010)

 Whether still, stalk or squirrel dog hunting is your preference, the beginning of squirrel season is just around the corner. Often revered as a celebrated American fall tradition, squirrel hunting provides the perfect opportunity to introduce youth or a novice to the sport of hunting. Unlike some big game hunts, the pursuit of bushytails often involves more action for energetic youth, providing a greater level of interaction with the outdoors. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/13/2010)

Only one month left to take part in the Bobberthon fishing tournament.  Bobberthon is a tournament at which registered anglers catch tagged bream in any of three public fishing area lakes. The angler then must register their tag.  These first few steps can guarantee a prize – but then even more prizes are available!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/11/2010)

With more than 350 nesting pairs, Wilson’s plovers in Georgia are doing much better than 10 years ago, according to a survey led by the state Department of Natural Resources

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/2/2010)

Each year the likelihood of bear sightings throughout the state, even in urbanized areas and suburbs, increases. Whether it’s a young male bear roaming across the metro Atlanta area or a hungry bear sifting through a North Georgia campsite for an easy meal, the possibility exists and residents should be aware.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (8/2/2010)

Georgia surveys of nesting wood storks documented a record year for the big birds with the bald heads. The estimate of more than 2,500 nests far surpasses the some 2,200 counted in 2008, the previous high since aerial nest surveys of the endangered species began in the 1990s.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/30/2010)

 The 2010-2011 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available online and in print announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.  This guide provides information on season dates, bag limits, hunting licenses, wildlife management areas and much more and is available to view, download and print at www.gohuntgeorgia.com . Printed copies are available at Wildlife Resources Game Management and Law Enforcement offices and license vendors throughout Georgia.    

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/23/2010)

The National Wild Turkey Federation joined with 14 other conservation organizations of the Georgia Bobwhite Technical Team, by recently signing a Memorandum of Agreement committing to the recovery of bobwhite quail and other early successional habitat dependent species, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. More than four million acres of habitat must be enhanced across Georgia’s landscape to achieve Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) recovery goals.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/23/2010)

The window of opportunity is closing for those interested in the 2010 alligator hunting season.  If you want a chance to hunt, you need to be sure to get your online quota application in before midnight July 31.  The 2010 alligator hunting season runs Sept. 4-Oct. 3 and 850 applicants will be selected to participate.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/19/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has finalized a response plan to help combat a disease that is killing bats and spreading toward Georgia.

WAYCROSS, Ga. (7/15/2010)

 Wayne County angler Jim Dieveney of Screven caught a flathead catfish on the Altamaha River on July 11, 2010 that ties the current state record flathead catfish!  Dieveney reeled in an 83 lb. 0 oz., 52.5-inch flathead catfish, according to the Georgia Dep

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (7/13/2010)

 Anticipating more than 10,000 users each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources opened a new megaramp on July 13, 2010 at Tugaloo State Park on Lake Hartwell, giving boaters and anglers greater access to the lake. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/12/2010)

A new “Click&Pledge” option at www.georgiawildlife.com offers a fast, easy and secure way for Georgians to support nongame wildlife conservation.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/12/2010)

Drought in the mountains the past two summers dried up much up the suitable habitat for bog turtles, but thanks to wet weather, increased trapping and improved management efforts, 2010 is looking like a record season for the smallest of Georgia’s protected turtles.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (7/5/2010)

Education Night for Families July 25 Marks Start of Regional Event

The ninth annual Bat Blitz, hosted by the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Southeastern Bat Diversity Network, is set for July 25-29, 2010, at Fort Mountain State Park near Chatsworth. The blitz provides an opportunity for researchers, management biologists and students from federal and state agencies, universities, and industry to exchange information and develop strategies for studying bat communities

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/28/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources have teamed up to take a closer look at northern yellow bats.

FORSYTH, Ga. (6/28/2010)

As temperatures soar, don’t be surprised to see more late-afternoon activity -- activity of the slithering kind. But not to worry: Snakes can be a homeowner’s best friends, as long as you remember a few important things.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/28/2010)

 As expected, the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend is sure to be a busy one on Georgia’s lakes and waterways, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Conservation Rangers with the Department will do their best to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and boaters are strongly encouraged to remain alert and aware at all times.  

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/25/2010)

  Looking forward to relaxing on the boat this weekend with that ice chest full of cold beer? Better think again. Georgia Department of Natural Resources Division law enforcement officers, as part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water, will be out in force the weekend of June 25-27 looking for boat operators whose blood alcohol concentration exceeds the state limit of .10%. Operation Dry Water will include concentrated patrols, breathalyzer tests, and checkpoints as well as boater education.

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (6/22/2010)

BOBBERTHON is a regional fishing tournament scheduled for July-September 2010.    FISHING. FUN. COMPETITION. PRIZES. Find out more here!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/21/2010)

What was for decades a mostly dry bottomland in Mitchell County is now a wetland with a thriving bird rookery that includes endangered wood storks. Credit goes to the landowners and the federal Wetlands Reserve Program.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/18/2010)

 Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s 3-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for the camp in Covington, which is scheduled for July 5-7, 2010 at the Georgia Wildlife Federation (11600 Hazelbrand Road) in Covington, Georgia.

WINDER, Ga. (6/18/2010)
 Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s 3-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for the camp, which is scheduled for June 28-30, 2010 at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/11/2010)

Whether it is a “roughing it” summer tent camping trip or a comfy stay at a cabin in the woods, there’s always a possibility for a black bear sighting or encounter in North Georgia. With more than 75 established campgrounds and an estimated 4,000 black bears in this part of the State, campers should always be aware and prepared for a black bear encounter. The key to preventing an unfavorable experience is to properly store food and garbage.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/3/2010)

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation declare boating and fishing as unmatched leisure activities that help make a true connection with family, friends and the natural environment. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages people of all ages to reconnect with their families during National Fishing and Boating Week, June 5-13, 2010. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/1/2010)

The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division recently honored RFC Rodney Horne with the Rocky Wainwright Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts regarding waterfowl conservation over the past year.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/1/2010)

It’s a question every researcher who studies fish or other aquatic life eventually faces: What exactly is beneath the surface of that murky stream? Thanks to a method developed by DNR researchers, answering that question is easier and less expensive.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (6/1/2010)

A birding “big day” in May promises to pay big for nongame wildlife in Georgia.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/27/2010)

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division will hold an information meeting June 9 in Rock Springs to discuss a response plan for the bat disease called white-nose syndrome and cave management options on state lands. The meeting is set for 6:30-9 p.m. at the Walker County Civic Center.
 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (5/26/2010)

Georgia is home to the third best elementary school archery team in the country after this month’s National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2010)

Add bear-proof the garbage to your spring cleaning list and feel good about taking the first step in resolving human-bear conflicts.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2010)

For each of the past eight years, the number of applicants wishing to participate in an alligator quota hunt grew. Beginning this year, 850 applicants will be selected to participate – an increase of 150 permits – in the 2010 alligator hunting season which runs Sept. 4-Oct. 3. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/26/2010)

The Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division reminds hunters that June 1 is opening day of the 2010-2011 quota hunt application period for alligator, deer, state park, turkey and waterfowl hunts.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2010)

On Memorial Day weekend one thing is certain, thousands of boaters and anglers will be out enjoying the holiday on state waters, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Last year there were 158 boating accidents and 13 boating incident related fatalities in Georgia, and conservation rangers made 177 boating under the influence arrests.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reminds boaters under the age of 16 that there is a minimum age requirement to operate a boat or personal watercraft (PWC) on public lakes and waterways.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and TEAM Georgia, a safe and sober driving and boating coalition, are reminding people to refrain from drinking alcohol while operating a boat or personal watercraft (PWC).

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2010)

Quick boating safety quiz: Is it okay to jump the wake of another boat when you are less than 100 feet away or to use your personal watercraft to splash someone sitting on a dock?

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/24/2010)

Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed a proclamation stating May 22-28, 2010 as Georgia Safe Boating Week.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/19/2010)

The deadline to provide public input on recent DNR Lands Classification and Fee Proposals has been extended. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division are considering changes relating to the operation and management of DNR-managed lands. These changes may include: charging fees at DNR-managed properties and facilities, classification of DNR-managed properties, and diversifying recreational opportunities on DNR-managed properties.  (Click here for more information)

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/18/2010)

Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area in Emanuel County has long been considered a biodiversity hotspot by biologists. Now, a new grant will help others see it the same way.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/18/2010)

Thanks to hard work by seasonal yet dedicated professionals, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Nongame Conservation Section has burned 20,000 acres across the state. The burning, done between January and April, benefits rare species and promotes habitat restoration.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/18/2010)

On Friday, May 21, 2010 conservation rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, along with representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand at the Gwinnett Braves game to answer any and all boating-related questions – safety, laws, regulations, tips and advice. Be sure to stop by the main entrance while you are at the ball field and stay safe on the water this year!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/14/2010)

For the second time in two years, a rare and endangered leatherback sea turtle claimed the title of first nest on Georgia’s coast, signaling the start of nesting season for several federally protected species of turtles.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/13/2010)

Designed with everything outdoors in mind, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s 3-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Registration is now open for the camp, which is scheduled for June 1-3, 2010 at Laura S. Walker State Park in Waycross, Georgia.

ROME, Ga. (5/13/2010)

Rocky Mountain Recreation and Public Fishing Area, located in northern Floyd County, is worth the drive if you have the time. This beautiful 5,000-acre area boasts two recreational lakes, camping opportunities, swimming areas and plenty of other outdoor activities.

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN (5/12/2010)

Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 StateFish Art Contest.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/7/2010)

Looking for a way to spend more time with a child or grandchild this summer? Introduce them to fishing. Research shows that most people are introduced to fishing by a family member, and most consider a family member to be their best fishing friend.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/7/2010)

How can you make family memories that will last a lifetime? For many anglers, fond childhood memories involve a family fishing trip and a stringer of bream. So, don’t delay – take them fishing today! Where to go? Visit a nearby public fishing area.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/7/2010)

From the neighborhood pond or nearby lake to the mighty rivers in the south, a variety of catfish species inhabit Georgia’s waters making fishing for “cats” an angler favorite.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/7/2010)

Georgia is the only state in the nation where anglers can target six of the seven species of black bass. The most sought after, the largemouth bass, is just one among the state’s black bass population, including smallmouth, spotted, shoal, redeye (or Coosa) and Suwannee.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (5/7/2010)

Fishing for carp may not be an angler’s first choice, but according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, targeting carp can make for a fun-filled, action-packed day on the water. Get started with know-how, including recommended hot spots, equipment and techniques.

ATLANTA, Ga. (5/5/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is considering changes relating to the marketing of recreational opportunities on lands owned and managed by the Department. These changes may include: charging fees at DNR-managed properties and facilities, classification of DNR-managed properties, and diversifying recreational opportunities on DNR-managed properties.  (Click here for more information)

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/4/2010)

The distinctive call of the coyote or “song dog” echoes across our state, from the more welcoming rural areas of wooded forests and open fields, to the less inviting backyards of metro Atlanta neighborhoods.  Rapid human population growth across the state coupled with the coyote’s unique ability to adapt and thrive, contributes to today’s increased observation of coyotes in urban settings.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/3/2010)

High among the branches of pines in southeast Georgia, the lifeless eyes of strategically placed swallow-tailed kite decoys stare at the world, eyeing platforms for artificial nests that biologists hope will soon lure the state-listed kites.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/30/2010)

Looing for a way for the whole family to enjoy the outdoors this spring? Come to Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s JAKES Day Saturday, May 15! This fun-filled event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center’s (CEWC) Discovery Area in Mansfield. Sponsors for the JAKES Day include the Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/30/2010)

A black bear sighting, even somewhere like metro Atlanta, is not altogether unusual, especially during the Georgia springtime. That’s because during the spring and summer, young male bears that are “on their own” for the first time may be found roaming and sometimes stumbling into non-traditional bear range, including suburbs and urbanized areas.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/30/2010)

The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish Habitat Board, a group of the nation’s leading authorities on aquatic conservation, recently honored Scott Robinson, Coordinator for the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, with the Jim Range Conservation Vision Award in support of fish habitat conservation.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/28/2010)

Project with Department of Juvenile Justice helps conserve resources and clean up southwest Georgia natural area.

ATLANTA, Ga. (4/28/2010)

Atlanta’s highest-flying falcons are parents again, and the world is watching. A Web camera at www.georgiawildlife.com provides frequent updates on the two adult peregrine falcons and their nest outside the 51st-floor offices of the McKenna, Long & Aldridge law firm in downtown Atlanta.

MANSFIELD, Ga. (4/24/2010)

Saturday’s rains did not dampen the spirit or skill of about 130 children and teens who took part in the 2010 Youth Birding Competition.

FORSYTH, Ga. (4/19/2010)

Nearly a third of Georgia’s 159 counties had bald eagles nesting this year, a count bolstered by steady increases in eagle nests and young across the state.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/16/2010)

Concern for ‘orphaned’ wildlife is simply human nature. Most people who come across a deer fawn, a young bird or a newborn rabbit will initially watch in amazement and then immediately wonder if the animal is in need of help. Probably not, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages residents to resist the urge to ‘rescue’ these animals.

BUFORD, Ga. (4/16/2010)

Springtime is a great time to observe many species of colorful birds known as neotropical migrants. Just north of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division’s Buford Trout Hatchery offers a combination of habitat that is attractive to neotropical migrants, making it the perfect location to spot a beautiful summer tanager or orchard oriole.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (4/14/2010)

Do you fish for American or hickory shad? If so, please plan to attend a meeting at Holton's Restaurant in Midway, Georgia at 6:00 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Staff from the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) and Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will present information about recent activities of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and how those activities will affect management of Georgia's shad fisheries.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/12/2010)

Georgians who have yet to file their 2009 taxes can make their mark on wildlife by contributing to the state income tax checkoff for the Georgia Wildlife Conservation Fund.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/7/2010)

Twelve elementary school children have been selected as statewide winners in the Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has announced.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (4/6/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division will hold a public hearing on April 14, 2010 for the public to comment on a proposed change to alligator hunting regulations. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/30/2010)

Two granite outcrop pools at Oconee Wildlife Management Area are bearing new life, and renewed scrutiny. Researchers recently planted four plugs of the federally endangered mat-forming quillwort in rainwater pools at the WMA’s Eatonton Outcrop.

 

FORSYTH, Ga. (3/30/2010)

Coming soon to an outdoors theater near you: the return of the migrants. With spring in swing, ruby-throated hummingbirds, chimney swifts and purple martins are among the more noticeable species beginning to appear at feeders, chimneys and fields across Georgia.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/26/2010)

TheCanada goose is an adaptable bird and can live in a variety of locations, including open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, as the goose population increases and they become more common in urban areas so does the increase in nuisance complaints.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/26/2010)

Taking a hunter education class in Georgia is easier than ever, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Hunters can now access three online courses (including two new approved courses), use a hunter education CD-Rom or take the traditional classroom course. 

FORSYTH, Ga. (3/22/2010)

Add color and wildlife to your backyard with help from the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division and The Environmental Resources Network.

FORSYTH, Ga. (3/22/2010)

As spring arrives, backyard gardeners and landscapers begin the yearly task of beautifying their outdoor environments. The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division recommends that gardeners, regardless of their yard’s size, consider building a place for wildlife while planning for spring gardens.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/19/2010)

It is time for pre-season trout stocking and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plan to stock more than one million trout in Georgia streams, rivers and small lakes by the end of the year. Many streams will be stocked by the end of the month and in time for opening day for seasonal trout stream fishing – Sat., March 27.

TIFTON, Ga. (3/19/2010)

In addition to the current 450 acres of water open to fishing, Paradise Public Fishing Area (Berrien County) will RE-open the 46-acre Lake Paradise at sunrise on April 1, 2010 according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

THOMASTON, Ga. (3/16/2010)

Fire on the Mountain! – the annual celebration of an ongoing effort to conserve areas of rare montane longleaf pine habitat through the use of prescribed fire at Sprewell Bluff Outdoor Recreation Area near Thomaston- was rained out on March 13 and has been cancelled for the year due to inclement weather. Please check our web site for updates about next year’s event.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2010)

A convenient but critical way to support Georgia’s wildlife needs your help this tax season.

 

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (3/15/2010)

What may have begun for a Georgia alligator as a day of sunning on the banks of the marsh ended with the approximately 5-foot long reptile nearly 20 miles out to sea, drifting in an area usually roamed by right whales, sea turtles and other marine life.

 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2010)

Aimlessly casting a line and hoping for a bite is history thanks to Georgia’s online fishing prospects. Anglers of all skill levels can benefit from the newly-enhanced fishing prospect guides which detail the state’s 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers and include maps, local weather forecasts, best bets and species-specific techniques, all in one convenient location - www.gofishgeorgia.com (select “Fishing” and then “Fishing Opportunities”).

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently awarded 32 anglers with a 2009 angler award for reeling in an outstanding catch (or catches!) last year. The angler award program recognizes those who catch fish that meet or exceed a specific weight for that particular species. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2010)

Challenge-hungry anglers should visit the state’s major reservoirs now for cold weather striped bass action. This time of year, five to 15-pounders are common, with the occasional thrill of a 30-pound or greater catch.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/15/2010)

The brief Georgia winter provides a great opportunity to get excellent results for crappie fishing, and several reservoirs across the state offer rewards for anglers willing to brave the bitter cold temperatures.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (3/12/2010)

A proposed change in the conservation status of loggerhead sea turtles would mean more protection for the most frequently encountered sea turtle on Georgia’s coast.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2010)

Turkey hunters across the state are practicing their yelps and clucks in preparation for the upcoming turkey season. Opening day is Sat., Mar. 20 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division anticipates that the 2010 season should be good, and harvest levels should be similar in comparison to the past several years.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2010)

Successful hunting trips require a combination of skill, patience and most importantly, preparation. As turkey season rapidly approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages preparation first, hoping that hunters will brush up on important turkey hunting safety tips before hitting the woods.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently selected George “Rip” Masters as the 2009 Volunteer Hunter Education Instructor of the Year. This award is presented annually in recognition of an instructor who displays outstanding volunteer efforts in educating sportsmen and women on wildlife conservation and the importance of safety while hunting.

PERRY, Ga. (3/11/2010)

While Woodlawn Elementary School (Chatsworth, Ga.) may have captured the highest overall score at the 4th Annual National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament on Feb. 12 at the Perry Fairgrounds and Agricenter, all of those who participated showed exceptional skill.

FITZGERALD, Ga. (3/11/2010)

 Fitzgerald has reason to crow over its Wild Chicken Festival. The annual celebration set for March 19-20 is going strong 10 years after organizers converted the former rattlesnake roundup to focus on the town’s wild Burmese chicken population.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/11/2010)

The registration cutoff for the 2010 Youth Birding Competition is near! Teams have only until March 31 to sign up for the statewide conservation event, set for April 23-24.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/8/2010)

Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division law enforcement officers have recovered the body of Ira Braitsch (age 64), of Lawrenceville from the Chattahoochee River in an area just south of McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee. Braitsch had been missing since Sunday, March 7, 2010 when the aluminum jon boat capsized while he was boating with a friend, Michael Boyle. Boyle, (age 67) also of Lawrenceville, was rescued on Sunday and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. He is currently still in the hospital.

MONTICELLO, Ga. (3/8/2010)

A USDA Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer was fatally shot Friday, March 5, at the Ocmulgee Bluff Equestrian Recreation Area on the Oconee Ranger District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest in Jasper County. 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (3/4/2010)

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (GAWRD) and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) will hold two public meetings in March to discuss the Lake Chatuge sport fishery. Fisheries biologists from both agencies will provide management updates and will also give the public an opportunity to comment on proposed hybrid striped bass stocking in Lake Chatuge. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating. 

ATLANTA, Ga. (3/4/2010)

Spring is on the way, and as the weather warms and people begin venturing outside, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors and Go Fish! Whether you are fishing for trout in the mountains, bass on a lake, or red drum on the coast, Georgia has a place for you.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/2/2010)

Boating season is just around the corner and The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division would like to remind boat owners to make sure that their vessels have a current registration. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/2/2010)

Participants of all ages are invited Saturday, March 13, to “Fire on the Mountain!” ‑ a celebration of an ongoing effort to conserve areas of rare montane longleaf pine habitat through the use of prescribed fire at Sprewell Bluff State Outdoor Recreation Area near Thomaston. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/24/2010)

The deadline to turn in trout tags is approaching – so anglers fishing the 15-mile stretch of the Toccoa River (between Blue Ridge Dam and the Tennessee state line) should get busy and make sure all tags removed from tagged trout are sent in by April 9, 2010. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/24/2010)

Search and rescue, boating safety enforcement and boating safety education are just some of the responsibilities of the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division boating officers. The Division recently selected Ranger First Class Mark Stephens as the 2010 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year for his outstanding performance as a boating safety officer on Lake Lanier. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/22/2010)

They may not be fighting off monsters or denying hundreds of would-be suitors, but two small populations of north eastern Georgia plants are living out their own version of Homer’s classic stories the Iliad and Odyessy, this Valentines season.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2010)

The new 2010 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations are now available. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently distributed printed versions of the regulations to all Division offices and facilities, a number of State Parks and fishing license retailers statewide. An online version of the new regulations currently is available at www.gofishgeorgia.com.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/17/2010)

Angler Earnest Timpson of Edison (Calhoun County) reeled in the new state record blue catfish from Lake Walter F. George on February 2, 2010. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), this 80 lbs., 4 oz., 49-inch catch beats the former state record by more than five pounds. The previous record weighed in at 75 pounds and was caught in 2008 from a private pond near Carrollton by Tyler Dodson.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/8/2010)

Today, the Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors (GACDS) joined with 13 other conservation organizations of the Georgia Bobwhite Technical Team, by signing a Memorandum of Agreement committing to the recovery of bobwhite quail and other early successional habitat dependent species, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). More than four million acres of habitat must be enhanced across Georgia’s landscape to achieve Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) recovery goals.

 
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/8/2010)

More than 400 students throughout the state will compete Feb. 12 in the 4th annual National Archery in the Schools Georgia State Tournament.  The state’s top archers from 24 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).

 

ATLANTA (2/3/2010)

Gov. Sonny Perdue recognized two corporate forest landowners in Georgia today for their stewardship in land management and practices benefiting the state’s wildlife.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (2/1/2010)

As winter drags on and those New Year’s resolutions start to fall by the wayside, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) makes it a little easier to stick with your commitment to spend more time outdoors. Bike trails on state parks and wildlife management areas around the state offer cycling opportunities that range from easy riding to challenging mountain biking.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/27/2010)

The Etowah and Conasauga rivers are known for rare fish and biological diversity. Recent research reveals that the river between them – the Coosawattee – is in the same league.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/27/2010)

Capt. Eddie Henderson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently was sworn in as President of the Executive Board of the Georgia Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates Program for the 2010-11 term. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/27/2010)

Law enforcement rangers with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division  consistently face a wide variety of natural resource related criminal activity. Often times, lengthy criminal investigations ensue which require diligence and dedication on behalf of the officers. One such dedicated ranger, Cpl. Brent Railey of Troup County, was recently recognized as the 2010 State Investigative Ranger of the Year for his work.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/26/2010)

Anticipating more than 10,000 visitors each year, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division opened a new fishing pier below the Hartwell Dam on Jan. 15, giving anglers greater access to fishing areas adjacent to the facility on the Georgia side of the Savannah River.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/20/2010)

Hey, kids: Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s fifth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens. Many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so perhaps you could be the next John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson or David Allen Sibley!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/20/2010)

Hey, kids: Do you like birds and love to draw or paint? Georgia’s fifth annual Youth Birding Competition is offering a T-shirt Art Contest for resident children and teens. Many famous ornithologists were bird artists when they were young, so perhaps you could be the next John James Audubon, Roger Tory Peterson or David Allen Sibley!

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/19/2010)

Coyotes are found in every county in Georgia and their presence has hunters and wildlife biologists alike wondering how these predators are affecting white-tailed deer populations. 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/13/2010)

The Georgia Capitol is going to get a little taste of the wild this Thursday as sportsmen’s groups from the around the state gather to meet with legislators for the annual “Sportsmen’s Day at the Capitol.” 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (1/7/2010)

Twenty juvenile whooping cranes and several chilly pilots in ultralights reached Decatur County, Ga., today on their ultralight-guided migration from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in central Wisconsin to Chassahowitzka and St. Marks National Wildlife Refuges along Florida's Gulf Coast.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/30/2009)

Youth interested in the outdoors can test their knowledge, demonstrate their skills and win various prizes at the state’s second annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge  on Jan. 16 in Walton County. This is the second statewide event for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division’s Hunter Education Skills Challenge program.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/21/2009)

Georgia is fortunate to have a healthy white-tailed deer population that provides diverse recreational opportunities and generates significant economic vitality. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recognizes that properly managing this resource, and keeping the public informed about such actions, is critical.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (12/21/2009)

Commercial shad season runs from 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010 through midnight on Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2010, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Commercial shad fishing regulations are the same as those during the 2009 season.

FITZGERALD, Ga. (11/24/2009)

Hunters wishing to access Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area, located in Screven County, are urged to do some pre-hunt scouting before their hunting trip due to recent heavy flooding in the area. Approximately 4,000-5,000 upland acres of the 15,000+ acre area are available for hunting, but the flooding has caused limited accessibility from the slough east to the river.

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (11/23/2009)

It is seen from a research vessel lookout - a solitary V-shaped “blow” and then something dark on the water’s surface. Often, the return of right whales to Georgia is as subtle as that. But this winter, thanks to a new ruling more of these imperiled whales will have a better chance at making the annual journey safely.
 

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/23/2009)

 The Georgia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation recently honored Cpl. Johnny Ashe with the "Officer of the Year" award, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Cpl. Ashe, a conservation ranger assigned to Dodge County, now also is eligible to receive the national award from the NWTF.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/17/2009)

The discovery of a bald eagle that died apparently after becoming entangled in a "limb line" at Goat Rock Reservoir highlights the hazards that unattended fishing gear can pose to wildlife.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/9/2009)

 The golden-winged warbler, a diminutive bird splashed with bright-yellow highlights, had it good in the Southern Appalachians 100 years ago.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (11/9/2009)

How do you restore a mountain bog? Sweat, science, partners and perseverance. How do you keep it restored? See above.

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (10/5/2009)

Hunters should be alert and aware during primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 10-16. Muzzleloaders or ‘blackpowder guns’ require specific safety precautions.




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