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WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON WOMEN AND THE OUTDOORS
MANSFIELD, Ga. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Ladies, have you ever wanted to head out to go backpacking or fishing or shooting, but not sure where to start? The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division can help! The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop, scheduled for Nov. 1-3 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, provides a practical introduction to a wide variety of outdoor recreational skills and activities.
“BOW workshops focus on learning outdoor skills in a safe and structured environment, giving women from all backgrounds the chance to learn outdoor skills in a positive, non-competitive atmosphere where they can feel confident and have fun,” said Katie McCollum, BOW coordinator. “Available class activities will include shooting, fishing, camping, photography, wilderness survival and more!”
BOW is an educational program offering hands-on workshops to women (18 or older) of all physical ability levels and aims to break down barriers to female participation in outdoor activities by providing a safe and supportive learning environment.
Weekend workshops begin on Friday morning and end on Sunday. Between meals and special presentations and events, participants can choose from about 20 professionally-led classes, ranging from such topics as firearms, wilderness survival, fishing, orienteering, outdoor cooking, nature photography, astronomy and hunting. Sessions range in intensity from leisurely to rugged (strenuous).
“Although classes are designed with beginners and those with little to no experience in mind, more seasoned participants will benefit from the opportunity to hone their existing skills and try out new activities,” says McCollum. “All participants will receive enough instruction to pursue their outdoor interests further when the workshop is complete.”
Registration for BOW is now open. Participants can choose to bring their own tents and gear, or stay at the lodge at Charlie Elliott, part of a popular complex including a wildlife management and public fishing area. Cost per person, which includes food and programming, ranges from $220-265 (dependent on lodging choice).
For more information, including registration details and a complete listing of classes offered, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/BOW or call (770) 784-3059.
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GEORGIA HUNTER EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
SOCIAL CIRCLE, GA (August 19, 2019) – Outreach and involvement helped secure Game Warden Josh Cockrell of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Law Enforcement Division as the Hunter Education Instructor of the Year, according to the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division.
This award is presented annually in recognition of an instructor who displays outstanding efforts in educating sportsmen and women on wildlife conservation, and the importance of safety while hunting.
“Teaching students to be safe, responsible, ethical hunters is the goal for all instructors” says Jennifer Pittman, hunter development program manager. “Game Warden Cockrell is an exceptional example of the type of instructor that can encourage and inspire young hunters.”
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Game Warden Josh Cockrell: Some of the highlights of Game Warden Cockrell’s hunter education efforts include his involvement with several events. The annual Wilkinson County Quail Hunt targets new hunters that recently completed their hunter education class. Josh actively recruited new kids to attend, solicited donations, and was responsible for event set up, and coordination of the event. In February, Game Warden Cockrell assisted with the annual Squirrel hunt at a Lake Oconee Georgia Power campground, escorting two new hunters throughout the event. In addition to these, Josh worked at both the FFA convention in Macon and the Buckarama in Perry. These events see a steady flow of the public, and rangers have to be prepared to answer almost any kind of question. Game Warden Cockrell showed good knowledge about a variety of topics, including multiple hunter education questions.
For more information about hunter education, call the WRD Hunter Development Program Office at (706) 557-3355 or visit https://georgiawildlife.com/hunting/huntereducation.
What a splendid day May 18 was for all of the families who attended the second annual S.A.F.E. Kids Fishing Derby at Nottely Marina. The parking lot was filled. The sun was shining and the fish were biting. The excitement was evidenced by all who participated.
This was a terrific way to celebrate the ending of the school year. Families enjoyed hot dog meals, on shore fishing games, the playground, a boat ride, and of course the serious fishing Derby. Adults paid $1 for admission, and kids were free.
A total of eight prizes were awarded including the top Four Largest Fish caught. Blake Mounts came in First Place by catching the largest fish, a Bass. For his win, Joshua received a free half day fishing charter for his family. This charter was provided by Jeremy Seabolt at Lake Nottely Fishing Charter.
Hunter Tryzbiak’s Brim catch landed him in second place. Hunter also won a free half day family fishing charter from Jeremy Seabolt.
Third and Fourth Places overall were also Brim. Caleb Bates won at Third Place, and Kyler Sharpe scored in Fourth Place. Both of these winners received a free half day of fun on a Family Pontoon Rental compliments of Nottely Marina.
R.J. Rich’s Brim catch won the Tiniest Fish. R.J. caught a Brim; Lindsey Hammond caught the Ugliest Fish, a Catfish; Ashlyn Passmore won the Prettiest Fish, a Bass. Kyler Sharpea , won the First Catch of the Day, a Bass. He also came in 4th place overall in the Fishing Derby. Said Kyler, “I can’t believe I caught seven fish!”
All eight winners also received a fishing rod, a bait and tackle box and other goodies provided by S.A.F.E.’s generous event sponsors.
Donation only Pontoon Boat Rides were held every 30 minutes. This was an exciting opportunity for many attendees to take their first boat ride on the lake.
Volunteer Donna Towery entertained the younger children with shore games.
All food and drinks items were a dollar each. Participants enjoyed hot dogs, coleslaw, chips, popcorn, desert, Sparkling Water and regular water, all contributed by our event sponsors.
Three prizes were awarded in a six for $5.00 raffle. A random drawing was held and one lucky participant won a beautiful rod and reel and a tackle box.
Twenty five dollar raffle tickets were also sold for a 2013 14′ jon boat with mercury four stroke and trailer. Nice setup! Tickets can be purchased at Nottely Marina and sales are limited to three per person. Only 100 tickets are being sold, and not many are left. So stop in and grab a ticket soon, or you will “Miss the Boat”! All proceeds will benefit S.A.F.E.
The S.A.F.E. Kids Fishing Derby was so much fun that one youngster said she didn’t care about winning a prize – she just wanted to fish. Another young lady said she did not like to fish but she was looking forward to the Derby ending so she could jump in the lake.
Many participants said that this year’s S.A.F.E. Kids Fishing Derby was much better than the one last year.
Gail Kreher, Secretary of the S.A.F.E. Board of Directors served as the event Emcee. Many of you may remember her as Gail Janus, Weathercaster for 11Alive, Channel 11. Said Gail, “The Doucette family is a strong presence in the community. Their generosity, hard work, and dedication to S.A.F.E. and to our communities means the world to us. S.A.F.E. is so grateful to Nottely Marina for spearheading our Second Annual Kids Fishing Derby.”
S.A.F.E. is grateful to the following businesses and individuals that are making these events possible: Nottely Marina; Alexander’s; Brasstown Drug and Gun; Budget Blinds; Builder’s First Source; Circuit World; Cook’s Country Kitchen; Foodland Grocery; Hugh’s General Store; Ingles-Blairsville and Hiawassee; Jack’s Creek Bait and Tackle; Lake Nottely Fishing Charter; Leon Farmer Company; Majestic Mountain Property; Mike’s Seafood; Nelson’s Ace Hardware; Paradise Bait and Tackle; Rick’s Rental; Rose Auto; Sav-A-Lot; Service Plumbing; Sundance Gallery.
S.A.F.E. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides services to Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Victims in Towns and Union Counties. For information on available workshops or to volunteer for S.A.F.E. please contact (706) 379-1901. If you are a victim of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Abuse or if you know someone who is, call S.A.F.E. for confidential assistance 24 hours a day. (706) 379-1901
A total of eight prizes were awarded including the top Four Largest Fish caught. Joshua Owens came in First Place by catching a 17 1/2″ 34.5 oz Carp. For his win, Joshua received a free half day fishing charter for one adult and two kids. This charter was provided by Jeremy Seabolt at Lake Nottely Fishing Charter.
Saturday, May 19, 2018, is almost here, Towns and Union County families! Nottely Marina, located at 86 Doucette Circle in Blairsville, is the place to be. The Kid’s Fishing Derby starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. You don’t want to miss this end-of-the-school-year family event. Admission and parking are free. Parents must accompany their kids.
Win a prize for catching one of the biggest fish. You might also win if you catch the ugliest fish, the smallest fish or the prettiest fish. The fish are biting. Carp, perch, stripers and bream have been sighted at the marina. There will be on-shore fishing activities to entertain younger kids.
Buy a lunch plate, snacks and a beverage. Enter the raffles for a chance to win more lake fun. All proceeds benefit S.A.F.E. (Support in Abusive Family Emergencies).
Meet representatives from the Georgia Deparment of Natural Resources and Lake Nottely Improvement Association. No fishing permit is required in order to participate.
The S.A.F.E. Kid’s Fishing Derby is one of two events being sponsored by Nottely Marina. There will also be a S.A.F.E. Sail Into Sunset Cruise on Tuesday evening, June 19, 2018. Watch for details.
Says Nottely Marina Manager Moriah Doucette, “We want Towns and Union counties to know that S.A.F.E. is available and the services S.A.F.E. provides to our communities. We are more than happy to assist this necessary organization in any fundraising event.”
S.A.F.E. is grateful to the following businesses that are making these events possible: Save A Lot, Blairsville; Paradise Bait and Tackle; Nottely Marina; Mike’s Seafood; Men on the Move; Lake Chatuge Marine; Ingle’s, Blairsville and Hiawassee; Hughes General Store; Food Land; and Cook’s Country Kitchen.
Additional event sponsorships are welcome, and necessary! All proceeds benefit S.A.F.E. www.SAFEservices.org. Donations are tax deductible. To make an event donation, call or text 404-664-1328.
The Mission of S.A.F.E. (Support in Abusive Family Emergencies) is to provide support, advocacy, and emergency shelter to victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual abuse, regardless of gender, and to heighten community awareness of such abuse in Towns and Union counties.