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January public meetings will discuss 2013-2015 hunting regulations

Published 8:18am Friday, December 14, 2012

Special to The Post-Searchlight

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.

The Southwest Georgia meeting will be held January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Mitchell County Agricenter, located at 4590 Highway 73 East in Camilla, Ga.

These meetings, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, are specifically designed to give the public a chance to provide input in the development process.

“Public input is important and valuable,” said John Bowers, assistant chief of the Game Management Section. “We’re seeking input that simplifies regulations, encourages hunting participation, maximizes opportunity, and is biologically appropriate.”

Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input either electronically or in written statement form.  Input must be received by January 18, 2013.

Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section; Attn: John W. Bowers; 2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.

Statements may be electronically submitted at: www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/SubmitComments

Hunting regulation proposals will be available in April and will be considered by the Board of Natural Resources in May 2013.

For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/Meetings or contact Hunter Services at (770) 761-3045.

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