National Hunting and Fishing Day in Georgia This Saturday!
In celebration of the passion for the outdoors that you share with 64 million other Americans, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division encourages you to get out and participate in one of the many activities that will be held this Saturday in honor of the 2008 National Hunting and Fishing day. Saturday, Sept. 27 is a statewide celebration and there will be events suitable for the whole family.
By geographic location in the State, events include:
- Northwest Georgia: Outdoor Adventure Day (James H. “Sloppy Floyd State Park), Kids Fishing Event (Summerville State Fish Hatchery)
- Northeast Georgia: Outdoor Adventure Day (Unicoi State Park), Kids Fishing Event (Lower Pool Park at Buford Dam), Family Fishing Festival (Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery)
- Central East Georgia: Outdoor Adventure Day for Youth (McDuffie Public Fishing Area)
- Central West Georgia: 3 Kids Fishing Events (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Ocmulgee Public Fishing Area, Big Lazer Public Fishing Area), Family Day at Shooting Range (Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center)
- Southwest Georgia: Outdoor Adventure Day (Flint Riverquarium)
- Southeast Georgia: 2 Kids Fishing Events (Hugh Gillis Public Fishing Area, Evans County Public Fishing Area), Outdoor Adventure Day/JAKES Day (Paradise Public Fishing Area)
- Coastal Georgia: Outdoor Adventure Day (Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery)
In addition to these events, a free fishing day is offered to all Georgia residents on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. On this day, residents do not need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas (PFA). Residents do not need to obtain a wildlife management area (WMA) license to fish on a PFA, WMA or on Waters Creek on this day.
The U.S. Congress and President Nixon established National Hunting and Fishing Day in 1972 to recognize generations of hunters and anglers for the time and money – more than a billion dollars each year – they donate to wildlife conservation programs.
For more information on NHF Day in Georgia, visit www.georgiawildlife.com , and then select “Get Involved.”