WRD press releases archived

Archived Press Releases

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 09:30

Teachers and students across the state are invited to explore Georgia’s wildlife and students’ artistic interests through the 30th annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest.

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00

Ladies, have you ever wanted to head out to go backpacking or fishing or shooting, but not sure where to start? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division can help!

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:00

Outreach and involvement helped secure Game Warden Josh Cockrell of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Law Enforcement Division as the Hunter Education Instructor of the Year, according to the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 09:00

For the first time in 70 plus years, the Lake Burton Trout Hatchery raceways are empty and dry, and the last of the trout has entered North Georgia streams or been transferred to other trout hatcheries.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 09:00

Early teal season and early Canada goose hunting seasons are the first opportunity of the year for waterfowl hunters to get out in the field, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:00

Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, dove, or duck—all hunt-able species in Georgia. But, do you know how to hunt them?

Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:00

Time to hit the woods in pursuit of Ole Bushytail!

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 09:00

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) announced today the appointment of Ted Will to chief of game management.

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:00

Now online and in print, the 2019–2020 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide is available, announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:00

Catch five different bass species and you have a Georgia Bass Slam!

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:00

Have you really and truly lived a good southern life if you haven’t spent a whole day fishing and then fried up a “mess” of catfish for dinner?

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:00

If you are searching for a new place to fish, be sure to start with one of Georgia’s 10 available public fishing areas (PFA)!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 20:45

A group of pilot whales involved in strandings Tuesday that left three of them dead along St. Simons Island was seen offshore Wednesday. While further strandings are possible, Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologists hope the threat to this pod has passed.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 12:45

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a$1,000 grant to a third-, fourth- or fifth-grade public or private school teacher in the state who demonstrates exceptional energy and innovation in teaching life sciences. Science specialists covering those grade levels can also apply.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 08:15

Bald eagle nesting stayed strong in Georgia this season despite a fall hurricane and heavy winter rains, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ annual survey.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 11:30

The Canada goose lives in a variety of habitats, often in locations that are in close proximity to people, such as suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks, and other developed areas. This can become a frustration factor for landowners when geese begin to molt in the summer, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:30

Get ready shooters!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 09:30

Planning ahead for dove season? The 2019–2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations, which includes doves, were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 09:00

Waterfowl hunters can begin making season plans now that the 2019–2020 migratory bird season hunting dates and regulations were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 09:00

Haven’t found a summer camp for your child yet?

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 11:00

More than 8,000 new acres are available for west Georgia outdoor enthusiasts beginning this fall, thanks to the partnership efforts of multiple agencies.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 01:15

Beginning June 1, hunters 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.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:15

Georgia’s beaches are not only vacation hotspots, they’re top spots for nesting shorebirds and seabirds, and for migrating species fueling up for long flights to the Arctic.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:15

They want your time. So, take some time today to make a lifetime memory for you and your child!

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:15

We can name at least three good reasons why you need to go fishing.

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:15

Did you know that black bears rarely become aggressive when encountered by people?

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 11:15

Artwork on display at state botanical garden in Athens.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 11:00

Get ready shooters! A recently renovated shooting range at Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Area, located near Alto, officially re-opens to the public on Tues., May 7.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 09:00

The Georgia Youth Birding Competition connected scores of children and teens with birds last weekend, with one team setting a record count and all 27 teams gaining a greater appreciation of wildlife.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 08:00

This past week marks the first of the walleye harvest from the newly renovated Walton Fish Hatchery facility in Social Circle, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 08:00

A recently renovated shooting range at West Point Wildlife Management Area, located near LaGrange, officially re-opened today to shooting enthusiasts interested in working on their target skills.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 15:00

Nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles is on. A clutch of eggs buried on Cumberland Island opened Georgia’s 31st year of comprehensive nest monitoring today.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 08:00

For those evenings when you just want to wet a line no matter what the time, you can now night fish at nine Public Fishing Areas beginning May 1 through Sept. 30, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 08:00

Looking for a fun summer camp for your outdoors-loving child? The Go Fish Education Center is hosting three Fishing Day Camps this June and July.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 08:00

Ever wondered what to do with your wild child during the summer? Well, look no more.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 08:00

Come get “wild” at the Keeping Georgia Wild Festival at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., May 18, 2019.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 08:00

Many species of wildlife, 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, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Why? It is most commonly because of easy access to “food.”

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 08:00

Striped bass, an angler favorite, can be found in large rivers and reservoirs. But did you know that many of these fish are hatched, raised and stocked by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 08:00

The Canada goose is an adaptable bird found everywhere from open farmland and rural reservoirs to suburban neighborhood ponds, office complexes, parks and other developed areas.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 09:00

During the spring, it is not unusual for people to come in contact with seemingly “orphaned” young wildlife and want to help—but it is best to leave them where you find them, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 16:00

As spring hits full stride, John Jensen will begin answering more calls and emails about snakes.

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 09:00

Do you enjoy Georgia’s wildlife and wild places?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 09:45

Four budding bird artists have been selected as T-shirt Art Contest winners in Georgia’s 14th annual Youth Birding Competition, the state Department of Natural Resources announced today.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 09:00

Anglers and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed fishing regulation changes, and then make plans to offer comment by one of several methods.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 09:00

Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed hunting regulation changes relative to the 2019–2020 and the 2020–2021 hunting seasons, and then make plans to offer comment at one of three scheduled public hearings, or through other available methods.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 09:00

The arrival of spring heralds many things, including increased reports of black bear sightings and activity.

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 09:45

Wildlife-viewing projects from DeKalb County to Jekyll Island and  Pickens County to Covington will receive grants to improve public opportunities to see and learn about animals, plants and habitats considered conservation priorities in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:00

Last year, more than one million trout were stocked in Georgia. This year, that number should increase!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:00

Striped bass fishing is a favorite pastime for many Lake Hartwell anglers.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 09:00

Georgia turkey hunters are ready for the season to open on Saturday, Mar. 23.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 09:00

Before you head to the woods this Spring in pursuit of a gobbler or two, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division encourages all hunters to take some time to review important turkey hunting safety tips.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 09:00

Do you need hunter education before you head to the woods? You have options!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 01:00

For shorebirds on Georgia beaches, nesting and rearing chicks requires surviving a gauntlet of threats.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 08:45

The statewide turkey hunting season opens on March 23.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 08:45

Explore the outdoors, see birds and other wildlife, compete for fun, enjoy free food: What’s there not to like about Georgia’s Youth Birding Competition?

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 11:00

In 2018, more than 100 anglers reeled in an Angler Award for outstanding catches.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 12:00

Catching a Georgia Bass Slam is already quite the accomplishment, but how about topping it off with winning the grand prize for the 2018 Bass Slam?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 02:45

Gov. Brian Kemp recognized three corporate forest landowners today for their stewardship and land management practices benefiting wildlife across Georgia.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 08:15

An endangered bird is receiving emergency help in Georgia following Hurricane Michael, thanks to a timely grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 08:00

Planning on going fishing this year? If so, the new 2019 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations Guide can help, says the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 04:00

Hey kids! Do you enjoy nature as well as creating artwork? Georgia’s 14th annual Youth Birding Competition invites resident children and teens to celebrate birds through a T-shirt Art Contest.

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 08:00

Hunters and other interested persons are encouraged to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of proposed hunting regulations for the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 hunting seasons.