Georgia's Annual Sportsmen's Day
The Georgia Capitol is going to get a little taste of the wild this Tuesday as sportsmen's groups from around the state gather to meet with legislators for the annual "Sportsmen's Day at the Capitol."
A broad spectrum of sportsmen's and conservation groups will participate with displays, educational materials and interactive activities. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will also participate with a 3D fishing simulator and a special appearance by the World Champion National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Team from Woodlawn Elementary in Chatsworth, GA.
"This is our 10th annual sportsmen's event at the Capitol and it looks like it will be our biggest yet," said Scott Tanner, the event organizer. "We are especially excited to help kick off the DNR's Centennial Celebration at this event. The Georgia General Assembly created the Department of Game and Fish in 1911 and we are thrilled to help them celebrate 100 years of conservation."
Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston are scheduled to speak at the event at 9:20 a.m. Governor Deal verbally proclaimed DNR's 100th Anniversary to help kick off the agency's celebration.
"This event is an opportunity for the sportsmen of Georgia to say thank you to the sportsmen legislators for their leadership and support in defending and advancing hunting, fishing, and conservation issues," said Jennifer Lundy, State Caucus Manager for the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses.
"Sportsmen are not only among Georgia's leading conservationists, contributing millions each year towards land and habitat preservation, but sportsmen also make a multi-billion dollar impact to Georgia's economy each year," said Georgia Senate Sportsmen's Caucus Chair, Senator Bill Heath.
As the number one hunting destination in the United States according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2006 Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Survey, hunters and anglers contribute almost $2 billion annually to the Georgia economy, of which, $26 million is contributed directly to the state's wildlife conservation efforts.