Originally created 07/06/97

Outdoor roundup: Help needed for river sweeps; new S.C. licenses are needed



The sixth annual River Clean Up will be held Oct. 11-19 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers.

The Georgia toll-free number to call is 1-888-373-5947 and ask for organizer packets.

Last year, volunteers collected 2,371 bags of trash.

Meanwhile, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is looking for coordinators to head a litter cleanup along designated rivers as a part of the international Beach Sweep/River Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Ellis Farr at 1 (803) 737-0800 is the man to call to volunteer in South Carolina. Areas to be cleaned in the Augusta area are Thurmond Lake boat landings in McCormick County, S.C., Ray's Landing on the Salkehatchie River in Barnwell County and boat landings on the Savannah and South Edisto rivers in Aiken County.

During the 1996 cleanup, 7,100 volunteers cleaned up more than 70 tons of trash.

NEW LICENSES REQUIRED: Sportsmen carrying South Carolina resident or non-resident hunting and fishing licenses are reminded that the 1996-97 versions expired on June 30. Residents and non-residents 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish. Residents 64 and older may buy a lifetime combination hunting-fishing license for $9.

OUTDOOR EXPO: The Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center is the site for the Augusta Deer and Outdoor Expo July 18-20. Show hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Sunday. Admission costs $6, with children under 12 free.

Area deer hunters are encouraged to bring trophy mounts in for scoring by the Buckmasters and also put them on display during the show for free.

The Expo features Sammy Schrimsher's Whitetail Extravaganza and Schrimsher will be on hand for a seminar on Northern Whitetail Hunting. Galen Shinkle will put on an archery demonstration of trick shots.

Georgia Wildlife Action will have a wildlife display, while a laser shooting system will be demonstrated. Carolina Artifacts will have a display of artifacts and fossils, while Steve Scruggs will hold an educational snake demonstration.

Remington Stone's seminar deals with "Facts and How to Locate Artifacts."

HELP WANTED: Georgia's dove, duck and goose hunters are encouraged to call 1 (800) 327-BAND(2263) after bagging a banded bird. By reporting the information found on the bands, hunters help biologists more effectively manage for migratory birds.

"We've even had hunters call from blinds to report a banded bird," said Chuck Hayes, a Georgia Wildlife Resources Divisions.

SALTWATER STAMPS: South Carolina's saltwater fishing stamp program has generated $2.2 million in revenue since its inception five years ago, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

More than 348,000 stamps have been sold to anglers and another 31,958 to collectors, according to David Cupka, director of fisheries management for the DNR's Marine Resources Division.

The money is used for programs benefiting saltwater anglers and the fisheries. Four percent is allocated for program support, 20 for coastal law enforcement and the rest is used for marine research, development and management.

The DNR has taken the 1995-96 art print and 1996-97 stamp remainders off the market and destroyed them. This is done to increase the value of the existing artwork, Cupka said.