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The Great Cherokee County Rocky Mountain Elk Hunt

At press time, eight of 10 Rocky Mountain elk accidentally released in Cherokee County on April 29 were still on the loose three weeks later. The number of escaped elk may climb, too. The elk were all cows that had been bred, and they are due to calve in early June. According to WRD Biologist…

City of Atlanta Suing Gun Makers

In his annual “state-of-the-city” speech to the Atlanta City Council on Jan. 5, Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell announced the city’s intention to hold firearm manufacturers responsible for injuries and deaths caused by criminal gun use in a lawsuit to be filed sometime this year. Already, state lawmakers have taken steps to try to block the…

Peregrine Falcon Bolts For The Beach

On July 6, three immature peregrine falcons were leased by the Georgia Game Management Section from hacking site on the rim of Tallulah Gorge. Typically the young falcons will remain in the area where they were released for six weeks or so before they migrate out of the area. But one of the young falcons…

Congressman Wyche Fowler Takes Stand For Hunting

A Georgia senator has taken the lead in Washington to protect hunters from harassment from anti-hunting groups on national forest lands. Sen. Wyche Flower Jr. (D-GA) last week introduced the “Recreational Hunting Safety and Preservation Act of 1991,” which would assess civil penalties of up to $10,000 for each violation of harassing hunters on national…

Board Approves 1991-92 Georgia Hunting Regs

The state Board of Natural Resources as its May 23 meeting approved the 1991-92 Hunting Regulations after the public had one last chance to comment on the proposed regs. Turnout was light for three Game Management Section meetings held the second week of May. Just 16 people showed up at the Marietta meetings to listen…

Miller Appoints 15-Member Panel For Preservation 2000 Effort

Back on April 26 at the Georgia Wildlife Federation Awards Banquet, Gov. Zell Miller outlined a plan he called Preservation 2000. The goal of the plan is to purchase 100,000 acres of Georgia’s environmentally sensitive areas. Last Tuesday he appointed a 15-member panel and assigned them the job of making the plan work, a stiff…

We Swamped ‘Em! Anti-Hunters Outnumbered At National Wildlife Refuge Meeting

They came from all over Georgia—Calhoun, Bremen, Griffin, Carollton, Gainesville, Toccoa, Macon, Warner Robins—hundreds of hunters taking time to come to a meeting in Atlanta, concerned about what might be happening to the opportunity to hunt, trap and fish on federal refuges. The Federal Refuges Planning Team came to Atlanta March 11 for a “workshop”…

Marty Fischer Wins 1990 Georgia State Duck Calling Championship

Marty Fischer, of Kennesaw, has been named the 1990 Georgia State Duck Calling Champion. It’s his second state title. Marty also won the state competition in 1987. The Georgia Slate and Southeastern Regional Duck Calling Championships were held a week ago Saturday at the Cherokee Rose Sporting Clays in Griffin in conjunction with a Ducks…

David Waller Named Game & Fish Director

As expected, David J. Waller has been named the new Director of the DNR Game and Fish Division. The Board of Natural Resources approved the appointment at its Aug. 29, 1990 meeting. Waller succeeds current Director Leon Kirkland who retires later this year. Kirkland will assist in the transition. Waller has a strong background in…

Diamondback Rattler Strikes Teen

Friday, Aug. 16, 1990 began as a normal day for John Rawlins, 17, of McRae. It was a typical summer day in Telfair County, hot and muggy. John’s father was cutting the grass at a tract of land they own, and John, an avid deer hunter, decided to do a little pre-season scouting.  John has…