SOCIAL CIRCLE — Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to one of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of hunting regulations for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 hunting seasons.
A local meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the John W. Stephens Wetlands Education Center in J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.
These meetings, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, are designed to give the public a chance to provide input in the development process.
“Public input is important and valuable,” said John Bowers, assistant chief of the Game Management Section. “We’re seeking input that simplifies regulations, encourages hunting participation, maximizes opportunity, and is biologically appropriate.”
Any participant at a meeting may present data, make a statement or comment, or offer a viewpoint or argument either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak.
Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input either electronically or in written statement form. Input must be received by Jan. 18.
• Written statements should be mailed to: GA DNR/Wildlife Resources Division/Game Management Section, Attn: John W. Bowers, 2070 U.S. Highway 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.
• Statements may be electronically submitted at: www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/SubmitComments.
These meeting sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, call 770-761-3045 no later than Dec. 27.
Hunting regulation proposals will be available in April and will be considered by the Board of Natural Resources in May 2013.
For more information or for a list of meetings in other cities, go to www.georgiawildlife.com/Hunting/Meetings or call hunter services at 770-761-3045.