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01-18-2008, 06:42 PM
Georgia Sportsmen Say Thank You

1/17/08

Atlanta, Georgia - The Georgia State Capitol is going to get a little wild on Thursday, Jan. 17, during the first week of Georgiaís 2008 legislative session. Hunters, anglers and sportsmenís groups from around the state will be participating in the 2008 Sportsmenís Day at the Capitol.

This is the 6th annual sportsmenís event at the Georgia Capitol and it looks like it will be the biggest yet. A broad spectrum of sportsmenís and conservation groups will participate with displays, educational materials and interactive activities, including Trout Unlimited, Georgia Canine Coalition, Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation, Georgia Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Camo Coalition, Quality Deer Management Association, Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Council, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Georgia Trappers Association, Georgia Outdoor Network, Izaak Walton League, Safari Club International, National Assembly of Sportsmenís Caucuses, Letís Get Wild, Inc., Coastal Conservation Association, DNR Wildlife Resources Division and DNR Coastal Resources Division. The Department of Natural Resources will also participate with a live animal exhibit featuring birds of prey and reptiles, along with a 3D shooting simulator.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Senate President Eric Johnson are scheduled to speak at 9:30 a.m., during Sportsmenís Day at the Capitol activities.

ďSportsmen have a multi-billion dollar economic impact on Georgiaís economy each year,Ē said Dan Forester, Director of the Department of Natural Resources. ďAnd they are among Georgiaís leading conservationists, contributing millions annually towards land and habitat preservation throughout Georgia. Sportsmenís Day provides a perfect opportunity for us to share that great story with our elected officials.Ē

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2006 Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Survey, hunters and anglers contribute more than $2 billion annually to the Georgia's economy.

2008 Sportsmenís Day Participants:
Trout Unlimited
Georgia Canine Coalition
Georgia Hunting and Fishing Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation
Camo Coalition
Quality Deer Management Association
Heritage and Wildlife Conservation Council
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Rifle Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Georgia Trappers Association
Georgia Outdoor Network
Izaak Walton League
Safari Club International
National Assembly of Sportsmenís Caucuses
Letís Get Wild, Inc.
DNR Wildlife Resources Division
DNR Coastal Resources Division
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Media Contact:
Kristina Summers, WRD Public Affairs Specialist: (770) 918-6791
Robin Hill, WRD Communications Program Manager: (770) 918-6789