This past November, the Georgia chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and Minority Outdoor Alliance hosted a weekend learn to hunt event with phenomenal success. Chapter leaders led clinics (one of which involved breaking down an entire deer in the parking lot of a sporting clays facility), hosted panel events on various hunting specialties, taught firearm basics and volunteered follow-up mentorship. With 20 plus attendees, some from far away as Turkey and South Africa, and some local natives, we had an incredible variety of personalities who showed a strong interest in hunting and will certainly step in to the fold of modern conservationists.
The Georgia chapter also has been actively engaged in efforts to conserve Pine Log Wildlife Management Area. Proposed rezoning efforts currently being weighed could completely eliminate or, at best, reduce the WMA by over 60% and convert most of this important acreage to mining and commercial uses in the Stamp Creek Basin. Pine Log WMA offers fishing for redeye bass and trout as well as hunting for deer, turkey, ducks and other small game. Additionally, numerous other plants, fish and animals depend on this critical ex urban habitat and that the WMA remains accessible, which is not contemplated in the current development plans. Learn more about the chapter's effort to Keep Pine Log Public.
Great job, Georgia! Your work on expanding hunting knowledge and on conserving our public lands is inspirational!