The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is inviting the public to attend a series of meetings regarding the development of hunting regulations for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 hunting seasons.
The DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division is sponsoring the meetings.
They are specifically designed to give the public a chance to provide input in the development process.
The only meeting in northeast Georgia is set for January 10 at the Rabun County Courthouse in Clayton.
All of the meetings, including the January 10 meeting in Clayton, will begin at 7 p.m.
Wildlife Resources Division Game Management Section Assistant Chief John Bowers said that public input is important and valuable, adding that the DNR is seeking input that simplifies regulations, encourages hunting participation, maximizes opportunity, and is biologically appropriate.
DNR officials said that any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument, either orally or in writing.
According to officials, participants must register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement. Officials added that oral statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak.
Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input by e-mail or in written statement by January 18.
Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section; Attn: John W. Bowers; 2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.
Statements may be electronically submitted at: www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/SubmitComments
For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/Meetings or contact Hunter Services at 770-761-3045.