Deer season is underway in Georgia, and hunters looking to donate their kill once again have an easy option. The Georgia Hunters for the Hungry program is back, allowing hunters to drop off their deer with designated processors. The federation discontinued the program two years ago due to lack of funding. Now it’s back, thanks in large measure to a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources officials are reminding hunters that the deadline to apply for deer season is quickly approaching. Department spokeswoman Melissa Cummings says the deadline for the deer quota hunt is Sept. 1.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a program for women looking to learn more about hunting, fishing and boating. Officials say casual classes are open to women of all ages and fitness levels and will focus on everything from shooting clays to birding.
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 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.
Members of the Georgia House are expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that would lower the legal blood alcohol limit for people behind the wheel of a boat or people hunting. The bill is named for 11-year-old Kile Glover as well as 9-year-old Jake and 13-year-old Griffin Prince. All three were killed in boating accidents on Lake Lanier in 2012. Prosecutors have charged the boater behind the Prince accident with boating under the influence.
Georgia wildlife officials are seeking public comment on the state's hunting rules. The Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting Tuesday at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center in Cumming. It's one of eight sessions being held across Georgia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has launched a mobile app to help outdoors enthusiasts. The app — called the Official Georgia Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Guide — launched earlier this month.