Time Running Out to Comment on Georgia Deer Management Plan

How many white-tailed deer should we have in Georgia? The answer to this question varies depending on whom you ask. Management of Georgia’s white-tailed deer herd can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic.

If you are interested in providing input to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division upcoming Deer Management Plan, don’t wait! The state has hosted open house style meetings this month, with the last few to take place in the next week. The comment period ends Nov. 22.

WRD’s successful management efforts are informed through biological data, public input and management objectives identified in the agency’s statewide deer management plan, developed through an intensive public participation process. WRD is seeking to continue integrating public involvement by developing the next iteration of Georgia’s 10-year Deer Management Plan.

Toward that goal, WRD set up 10 statewide, open house-style public meetings, scheduled throughout early November. There are four remaining meetings left on the schedule. These meetings are one opportunity to allow members of the public to provide input regarding management of white-tailed deer. During these meetings, citizens will be able to provide thoughtful insight on specific key issues. Some of these issues include: deer population densities; deer-vehicle collisions; urban deer management; seasons and bag limits; hunting methods; hunter access; and education and outreach. Biologists and others will be available to answer questions about the key issues and provide background information if needed.

The public should feel free to come at any time during the remaining open house meetings:

3-8 p.m.
Gainesville Civic Center

3-8 p.m.
Flint Riverquarium

3-8 p.m.
Georgia Southern University

3-8 p.m.
Henry Co. SPLOST Building

For those unable to attend a public meeting, comments will be accepted until Nov. 22, 2013.

Comments may be submitted electronically at http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Meetings. Written comments may be sent to: WRD Game Management, Attn: Charlie Killmaster, 2065 U.S. Hwy. 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.

For more information on the Georgia Deer Management Plan or to view key issues, visit http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/Hunting/Meetings or call 770-918-6416.

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