As a life-long outdoorsman, I have always had a special connection with the natural world around me. I attribute that connection to the values instilled in me during my formative years, as well as being fortunate enough to live in a place with such abundant and beautiful natural resources, as I’m sure is the case with so many of you. Over time, I developed a fierce passion for hunting, fishing, and all things outdoors, and that is why, as Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, I feel incredibly blessed to be in such a position that allows me to connect with so many like-minded individuals, and to play a role in passing these traditions down to next generation of sportsmen and women.
While hunting and fishing are great for sport, they also provide an invaluable resource to so many people looking for a consistent, clean, and ethical way to put food on the table for their families. Whether it be white-tailed deer, turkey, or trout, there are countless opportunities to provide a nutritious and delicious diet. Not only will the fruits of your hunt be a tasty meal, but they also guarantee that you know exactly what you’re getting and exactly where it came from. Sustenance provided by the ethical and sustainable harvesting of our natural resources plays a vital role in maintaining the health and balance of the ecosystem around us.
Teaching the value of the ability to provide for one’s self to one’s children is priceless. These are some of the values and principles I was taught as a young boy and I wish the same for every child in this great state. That is why DNR works tirelessly to spread the message of the importance of conservation and sustainable harvesting. I want everyone to experience the thrill of harvesting a deer or hooking a magnificent bass, with the principles of conservation in mind, so that these past times we hold so dear will be available for future generations.
Through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and your purchase of sporting goods, you are helping further conservation goals for Georgia, and investing dollars to enhance our efforts to provide the best hunting and fishing experience possible. When you buy a license in Georgia, you are directly contributing to the stocking of streams and lakes, the renovations of wildlife management areas, educational facilities, hatcheries, and ranges. 100% of your license dollars fund wildlife conservation and secure federal funding for the state of Georgia, and we thank you. I am beyond proud to be a life-long Georgian and ardent member of this tight-knit community. You, the sportsmen and women of Georgia, are what makes our state the unique and special place that it is, and I look forward to seeing you all out in the field!
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Natural Resources