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DNR seeking input on proposed hunting changes

Tommy Daughtrey Tommy Daughtrey
Travis Tooley Travis Tooley

Hunters could be able to legally bag alligators earlier than usual in 2015. That was just one of the many proposed changes the Georgia DNR was seeking input on as of Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, the DNR was considering starting alligator season in August instead of at the same time as dove season in September. "It's gonna increase the days from 29 days to 50 days," said DNR Ranger Cpl. Tommy Daughtrey.

The DNR was also considering creating a telephone number and smart phone app to help them keep better track of how many deer and turkey are being killed. "Once you kill that deer or turkey, then you call this number or hit your app and it will give you a number that you put on your tag and you actually tag that deer or that turkey," Cpl. Daughtrey explained. 

The DNR also proposed ending deer season on the same date statewide instead of staggering it throughout the state. Travis Tooley is an avid hunter and believed the change would be popular with hunters. "So that when they go up to their buddy's place up north, they know what the regulations are and can legally follow the regulations and keep within the rules," said Tooley. 

He said overall, he was confident that the DNR was doing what is best for the wildlife and for hunters, and he was glad to see the DNR listening to the what the public wants.

Three public meetings were scheduled as of Wednesday to discuss the proposed changes, one at the Coffee County courthouse at 7 p.m. on the 16th, and one in Macon on the 17th and Dawson on the 18th.

Comments can also be submitted by visiting www.gohuntgeorgia.com.

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