Press Release

DNR hosts shotgun patterning days to prep for turkey season

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

“Give It A Shot!” on March 2, March 9 and March 16

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. Choke tubes and ammunition options will be available to test with your shotgun. 

"Testing different types of choke tubes and ammunition is essential to developing the tightest pattern for your shotgun,” says Walter Lane, Wildlife Resources Division’s hunter development program manager. “Successful turkey hunters pattern their shotgun before they take to the woods. These events will give hunters – from novices to the most seasoned -- an opportunity to test out different products, talk with veteran turkey hunters, and interact with other sportsmen and women.”

“Give It A Shot!” dates are:

  • Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Shooting Range (Jasper County): From Mansfield: South on GA Hwy 11 for 2.7 miles, left on Marben Farm Rd. Follow the signs.
  • Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wilson Shoals WMA Shooting Range (Banks County): From Gainesville: Take Hwy 365 North, 11 miles from exit 24. Turn right on Mud Creek Rd., go 1 mile and turn left on Old Cornelia Hwy. Go 0.1 mile and turn right on Yonah Rd. Go 2.1 miles and turn left on Grant Mill Rd. The range will be 1 mile on the right.
  • Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Flint Skeet and Trap Club: Flint Skeet and Trap Club is located at 1319 Lily Pond Rd., Albany, GA 31701

Volunteers from Wildlife Resources and the NWTF will assist hunters during this event.  Hunters should bring their own shotguns and can also bring ammunition or choke tubes of their own they would like to test. Paper targets will be provided.

“Give It A Shot!” is FREE, and participants are exempt from needing the Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) during the events. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Walter Lane, hunter development program manager, at walter.lane@dnr.state.ga.us or 770-761-3010.

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