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Weigh in on proposed hunting regulation changes

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division is asking for public to review proposed hunting regulation changes for the 2013-2015 hunting season.

The DNR has posted the proposed changes online at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/ProposedRegulations they're also holding several public meetings to get input on the changes.  

"The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage renewable wildlife resources consistent with the scientific principles of wildlife management while meeting public objectives for wise use of these resources," said John Bowers, assistant chief of the Game Management Section, in a statement.  "At this point in the process, we are interested in public comments specific to the proposed changes under consideration."

There public hearings will be held in April. The meetings take place at 7 p.m. at these locations:

April 23, 2013

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Health Sciences Building
2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, GA

April 24, 2013

The Roberts Chapel Auditorium
State Offices South at Tift College
300 Patrol Road
Forsyth, GA

April 25, 2013

Amicalola Electric
544 Highway 15 South
Jasper, GA

Meeting participants may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise and allow permit everyone an opportunity to speak, according to the DNR.

Participants must register when they arrive at the meeting and notify the registering official that they plan to give a statement. Comments can also be submitted online or by U.S. mail. Comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. April 30. 

Mail written statements to:

GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section

Attn: John W. Bowers
2070 U.S. Highway 278 S.E.
Social Circle, GA 30025 

Submit comments online at this website: www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/SubmitComments

These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact John Bowers at (770) 918-6404 no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 12, 2013.

For more information or to view the proposed regulation changes, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/regulations or contact Hunter Services at 770.761.3045.

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