Errors in Georgia Hunting Regulations Booklet

wildlifeLogo2SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga – Hunters, before you head to the woods this deer season, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division wants you to be aware of the following errors in the printed version of the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, the printed guide contains the following errors:

· Page 12 – The text beneath “Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP)” refers to requirements for hunting licenses, not GORP. See page 41 for details on GORP, or visit www.georgiawildlife.com/georgia-outdoor-recreational-pass.

· Page 28 – The deer either-sex days for the Chattahoochee National Forest east of I-75 are Oct.31 and Nov. 28. One of the dates printed in the guide is incorrect

· Page 29 – The map on this page refers to deer-dog season dates (the legend is not included). Also, parts of Lanier, Pierce, Ware, Washington and Wayne counties are not open to deer-dog hunting. DNR will notify deer-dog permit holders advising them about areas open to deer-dog hunting in these counties.

· Page 32 – Hunting with dogs is not allowed in Lanier and Lowndes counties.

· Page 69 – Some WMAs allow extended dates for furbearer dog training from Aug. 1 to March 19 (see table on this page and individual WMA listings for details). Furbearer dog training is also allowed during furbearer season dates that coincide with WMA seasons for small game, unless specified otherwise in the specific WMA listing.

· Page 76 – There is no hunt scheduled at Fort Yargo State Park this season.

· Page 76 – The hunt dates for Panola Mountain State Park are Nov. 17-18. The dates for this hunt on page 76 are incorrect. However, the hunt dates for Panola Mountain State Park on page 58 and in the quota system are correct.

These errors have been corrected in the online version of the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide, but hunters should make note of the misinformation if using a printed copy.

The online guide is at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations.

Time to register for the 2016 Python Challenge

python-1-web_bkg_tex_laye1Want to help conserve Florida’s unique Everglades ecosystem? Then sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™ competition and join the Florida Fish and Conservation Commission (FWC), the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. and partners to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida.

Starting Thursday, Oct. 1, you can register for the Python Removal competition online at PythonChallenge.Org. If you are one of the first 200 people to sign up, you will receive a free 2016 Python Challenge™ T-shirt.

Compete to see if you can harvest the longest or the most Burmese pythons and win grand prizes of $5,000 in the team category and $3,500 in the individual category.

“We are providing training opportunities to teach people how to properly identify and safely capture Burmese pythons in the wild,” said FWC Commissioner “Alligator Ron” Bergeron. “Nonnative species are a problem for Florida – especially the one-of-a-kind Everglades ecosystem. The Python Challenge is empowering people to be part of the solution to this problem.”

In order to register for the Python Removal competition, which begins at noon Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, and ends at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, you must first take required online training. There are also opportunities for in-person trainings that include a hands-on component where you can practice handling and capturing pythons. Anyone can sign up for in-person trainings – whether or not they are participating in the python removal competition — starting Oct. 1. Training events will teach people how to identify, report and then safely and humanely capture Burmese pythons. Sign up for trainings at PythonChallenge.org.

Visit PythonChallenge.org for information about Burmese pythons, the unique Everglades ecosystem, how to register for the Python Removal competition, training opportunities and resources for planning your trip to south Florida to participate in next year’s events.

To report nonnative fish and wildlife, call the FWC’s Exotic Species Hotline at 888-IVE-GOT1 (888-483-4681), report your sighting online at IveGot1.org or download the IveGot1 smartphone app.