Things got a little wild at the Georgia capitol during the 10th annual Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Capitol on Feb. 8. Sportsmen's and coastal conservation groups from around the state gathered for a chance to meet with and thank legislators who have supported hunting, fishing and conservation issues, and to educate lawmakers about the contributions outdoor recreation makes to Georgia's economy and culture.
Ducks Unlimited Georgia State Chairman Elect Neely Raper and Regional Director Scott James represented DU at the event. "It was a good opportunity to connect with various groups interested in furthering the security of natural resources in Georgia," James said.
Sportsmen and women directly support more than 31,000 jobs and generate more than $3 billion annually in Georgia. A broad spectrum of sportsmen's and conservation groups participated in the day at the capitol with displays, educational materials, activities and live animals, including Ducks Unlimited and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources and Coastal Resources divisions. Gov. Nathan Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston spoke at the event.
"I'm proud to participate in Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Capitol," said Mark Williams, Georgia DNR commissioner. "Hunting, fishing and our coast are not only economic engines in our state, but they also improve our quality of life. I want to thank all of our sportsmen and partners on the coast for all they do for conservation in Georgia."