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DNR sets meeting Tuesday in Dahlonega over hunting rules

POSTED: January 2, 2009 11:56 p.m.

Attention all hunters: If you want to get in your 2 cents on hunting regulations, Tuesday is your chance.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. in Dahlonega to hear public input on its 2009-10 and 2010-11 hunting regulations.

John Bowers, assistant chief of the Wildlife Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources, said hunting regulations are set every two years to accommodate a number of factors that vary from year to year.

"The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage our wildlife resources according to the sound principals of wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources," Bowers said. "These public meetings are an opportunity for the public to provide input in the development for hunting regulations."

A new year changes the dates of hunting seasons.

"The biggest thing that actually changes on an annual basis is calendar shifts," Bowers said, referring to the start and end dates of hunting seasons.

Other changes are often dependent on Mother Nature.

"We sometimes have to either change season lengths or season timing," Bowers said.

"Depending on whether it’s deer or turkey or bear, what the wildlife population is doing in order to be responsive is manage it appropriately."

Bowers anticipates good participation in the statewide meetings, but doesn’t expect any changes to the regulations that will spark controversy.

Many likely will make comments about bag limits, or how many of a particular species that can be killed per individual each season.

"We anticipate it will be an average year," Bowers said.



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