Georgia wildlife officials say Thursday is the deadline for those planning to apply for a dove quota hunt at one of the state's public dove fields. A quota hunt is a hunt that allows a predetermined number of hunters to participate.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say an invasive insect that's killed millions of trees in 20 states has been found in Georgia. Officials said Tuesday that the Georgia Invasive Species Task Force is working to block the spread of emerald ash borer beetles, which were trapped during routine monitoring last month in DeKalb County.
The company at the center of lawsuits stemming from a massive fish kill has agreed to pay dozens of landowners on the Ogeechee River. King America Finishing announced the settlements late Friday. The company also says it's paying a state fish hatchery to restock the river with juvenile American shad. That amounts to hundreds of thousands more recreational and commercial fish.
The state Department of Natural Resources is offering birthday gifts to Georgia anglers. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says beginning in July Georgia residents who have a boat registered with the state can fish on their birthday and for two days afterward as part of their boat registration fee.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials say the deadline to apply for an alligator hunting license is approaching. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cumming says 850 applicants will be selected for the 2013 alligator hunting season, which runs from Sept. 7 to Oct. 6.
Georgia is planning to open its turkey hunting season early for certain groups, and residents can provide input on the changes at upcoming public hearings. A new state law that went into effect July 1 directs the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to establish a separate turkey season for youth and mobility-impaired hunters.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources board of directors has voted to scale back policing power for some state park rangers. The vote was part of plan to reorganize the department's law enforcement division and the move will consolidate five separate units within the agency into one. The consolidation will be implemented between now and 2018.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced it will participate in a national initiative aimed at educating people on the dangers of boating under the influence. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the initiative is an effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities linked to boaters operating watercrafts while under the influence.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced its offering loaner fishing equipment to budding anglers for free. Officials say visitors should stop by park offices to ask where they can rent equipment for the day.