Special to the Journal
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Make your plans! Waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations have been approved for the 2013-2014 season by the Board of Natural Resources.
“This year several changes have occurred with the USFWS waterfowl regulatory frameworks,” said Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division. “In Georgia, we have seized this chance to maximize opportunity for our waterfowl hunters
The upcoming 60-day season includes these noteworthy changes:
• the daily bag limit for scaup decrease from four to two
• the daily bag limit for canvasback increase from one to two based on this year’s population data
• the addition of 16 days of goose hunting opportunity in mid-October
• the bag limit for teal increase from four to six during September teal season
• the possession limit for waterfowl increase to three times the daily bag limit, allowing hunters on multi-day trips to bring home more birds than in years past.
Some need-to-know dates and details for waterfowl season are the September Canada goose season (Sept. 7-29) and the September teal season (Sept. 14-29), with the teal bag limit increasing to six birds. An additional two weeks of Canada goose hunting was added Oct. 12-27, 2013. Hunting season for ducks is Nov. 23 – Dec. 1, 2013 and Dec. 7 – Jan. 26, 2014. A complete summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits is online at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/waterfowl .
Youth Waterfowl Days are Nov. 16-17, 2013. On these two days, youth age 15 or younger may hunt specific migratory birds, such as ducks, Canada geese and mergansers, as long as they are accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age (only the youth may hunt).
In order to hunt waterfowl, hunters must have a hunting license, federal duck stamp, Georgia waterfowl conservation license and a HIP permit. If hunting on a wildlife management area (WMA), a WMA license is required. Hunters may purchase licenses online at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes, by phone at 1-800-366-2661 or at more than 800 license agent locations (list of agents available online).
State license fees help support wildlife conservation in Georgia. The state receives federal funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program, based on a number of factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. In Georgia, these funds are approximately $14 million a year and have helped restore habitat and improve wildlife populations, among other conservation efforts.
For more information, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/waterfowl .
For more information, contact
Todd Holbrook, Georgia Wildlife Federation, 770-787-7887
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WALMART FOUNDATION AWARDS GEORGIA WILDLIFE FEDERATION WITH $35,000 GRANT TO SUPPORT GEORGIA HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY
Donation will provide more than 20,000 pounds of venison to food banks throughout Georgia in 2013
COVINGTON, GA (August 30, 2013) – Today, the Walmart Foundation provided a $35,000 grant to the Georgia Wildlife Federation through the Foundation’s State Giving Program in order to assist with Georgia Hunters for the Hungry. Specifically, this grant will positively impact the local community by processing more than 20,000 pounds of donated venison to be delivered to food banks throughout Georgia.
“We are very excited that the Walmart Foundation decided to address the urgent need faced by families all over Georgia from food insecurity,” said Todd Holbrook, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Their support of Georgia Hunters for the Hungry will provide more than 60,000 meals throughout the state this year. This program exemplifies the best of our outdoor traditions in Georgia and we owe the Walmart Foundation a debt of gratitude for their focus on this growing problem.”
The grant was presented to Mr. Holbrook during a check presentation ceremony held today at the Alcovy Conservation Center.
“At the Walmart Foundation, we understand that organizations such as the Georgia Wildlife Federation are essential to building stronger communities. They share our values and are committed to helping those in need in the communities we serve,” said Glen Wilkins, Walmart senior public affairs manager. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that residents in this state will feel a positive effect, and through that effect our impact will be expanded.”
Georgia Hunters for the Hungry is a partnership between the Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the Georgia Food Bank Association. Started in 1993, the program allows Georgia sportsmen to donate harvested deer to Georgia food banks after being processed in state-inspected facilities. To date, Georgia sportsmen have donated more than 300,000 pounds of ground venison to food banks around the state. The program runs through hunting season, from September to February. Hunters can find information at www.gwf.org .
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.
As part of Walmart’s $2 billion commitment to fight hunger through 2015, Walmart stores in Georgia donated 19,207,790 pounds of food, in fiscal year 2013, or the equivalent of 16 million meals. Additionally, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $37,055,129 in fiscal year 2013 in Georgia alone. For more information on Walmart’s and the Walmart Foundation’s fight against hunger, visit http://foundation.walmart.com/our-focus/hunger.
About the Georgia Wildlife Federation
Founded in 1936, the Georgia Wildlife Federation is the state’s oldest and largest member-supported conservation organization. GWF is dedicated to encouraging the intelligent management of Georgia’s natural resources, and promoting and encouraging the knowledge and appreciation of these resources. Georgia Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and the state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.