Two areas of Hall County will be closed to hunters in the coming season.
The future Don Carter State Park and Allen Creek Wildlife Management Area will no longer be part of the state Wildlife Management Area system, and no hunting will be allowed on those properties, according to a news release from Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources.
DNR officials expect development will begin soon on Don Carter State Park. The 2,200-acre park will provide access to Lake Lanier, RV hookups, camping, picnicking and other uses.
The park’s development, originally planned in 1996, has been delayed due to lack of funds. However, in the 2009 legislative session the Georgia General Assembly approved a $14 million bond to develop the park.
Although DNR officials say the area will be closed for hunting while the park is under construction, they say there is a possibility hunting will be allowed there in the future.
DNR will no longer be leasing the Allen Creek Wildlife Management Area property from the city of Gainesville. DNR has leased the 1,600-acre property since July 1998, but said the lease will not be renewed because of “failed negotiations.”
For more information, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com, or call the Northeast Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, Game Management office at 770-535-5700.