Georgia wildlife officials want to convince more private landowners to lease their land to the state for hunting, fishing and recreation. The state is expecting nearly $1 million from the federal government to add 15,000 acres of wildlife management areas.
A State House committee heard testimony Tuesday supporting a bill that would lift the ban on hunting with a silencer. But some are questioning whether the proposed law would make it easier for people to commit a crime or poach animals without getting caught.
Some wildlife advocates are expressing concerns about bear hunting in central Georgia, saying too many of the animals are being killed by hunting. Authorities say 34 bears were killed Nov. 12, half of them females, and all in an area near Tarversville in Twiggs County.
Described as using ‘science-based agricultural practices,’ the bill calls for an integrated system that would expand output, but also protect natural resources and preserve the land for future generations.
State lawmakers will jump into spring break a day earlier than originally planned, with no General Assembly session Friday. That move is to give legislators more time to iron-out sticking points in a proposed tax reform plan.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow hunting with bait. Right now, it's illegal to hunt deer and hogs within 200 yards of a supplemental food source. The bill’s opponents say baiting wildlife undermines sportsmanship.
Georgia's annual alligator hunt could be restricted or expanded based on where the animals live. For the first time, state wildlife officials say, they want to split the annual hunt quota into zones. The total number of alligators taken could go up from 700 to 850.