Originally created 10/25/98

Outdoor roundup: Pheasant hunts set for Fort Gordon

The Fort Gordon Sportsman's Club will sponsor pheasant hunts on the post Oct. 31, Jan. 23, Feb. 13 and March 6.

The hunts are open to the public, by reservation only and cost $12 per bird for club members and $22 per bird for non-members and Fort Gordon licensed hunters and guests.

Hunt hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on training area No. 23. To make reservations, or for more information, call Fred Perry at (706) 791-8953.

WILDLIFE TAGS: Georgia's wildlife conservation auto tags, featuring bobwhite quail, remain popular with the public, with sales exceeding 621,000, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division of the state DNR has announced.

On sale at county tag offices since 1997, the commemorative plates have earned more than $8.7 million for nongame wildlife conservation in Georgia.

A $15 fee is charged per plate, with $1 being retained for tag office operations and $1,59 being paid by the WRD to the Department of Revenue for manufacturing costs. The remainder -- $12.41 -- is used for nongame conservation programs.

Some of the projects funded with "tag dollars" include:

--Aquatic conservation initiative, allowing biologists to identify and manage aquatic species of concern in the state's wetlands and along 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

--Shorebird conservation and management, which will help protect the more than 40 species of shorebirds using the Georgia coast for breeding, migrating or wintering.

--Inventories of sensitive cave ecosystems.

--Development of wildlife education centers at McDuffie Public Fishing Area and Smithgall Woods to teach children about the value of Georgia's wildlife.

--Critical habitat acquisition such as colonial bird rookeries, river corridors and bat caves.

--A grants program for wildlife habitat development and recreational activities and educational resource guides for Georgia's natural communities.

HUNTING ON THE WEB: Georgia hunters owning a computer, or having access to one, now have a web site to check for information. The current hunting regulations can be scanned at www.ganet.org/dnr/wild.

The site also offers access to fishing regulations, fishing predictions, boating laws, license fees, wildlife management and public fishing area guidelines. Sportsmen also can purchase hunting and fishing licenses on line by using their credit cards.

WOODPECKER PROTECTED: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Timber Company, a separate operating group of Georgia-Pacific Corp., have agreed to extend for 10 years their 1993 agreement for conserving habitat of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on company-owned and managed forest lands.

The memorandum of understanding was, at its inception, the first of its kind between a private timberland owner and the federal agency charged with protecting and recovering endangered species in the nation. The memorandum provides for protecting red-cockaded woodpecker habitat across The Timber Company's 4 million acres of southeastern timberlands.


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