Georgia R3 Initiative

The GA R3 Initiative is a cooperative effort hosted by GWF and supported by GA DNR Wildlife Resource Division, National Wild Turkey Federation and the GA Chapter of Safari Club International. The Initiative is made up of stakeholders from across the state who have a vested interest in the goals of hunter, angler, shooting sport participant recruitment, retention and reactivation. The State R3 Coordinator, Bre Bashford employed by GWF, guided by national research and a big picture vision, facilitates program innovation, fosters community support structures and acts as a resource for all R3 programs and new outdoor enthusiasts in Georgia.


1) To increase participation in hunting, angling and shooting sports

2) To increase societal acceptance and support of hunting and shooting sports

The suggested strategies and actions to accomplish these goals are defined in the 2017 Georgia Hunting Action Plan.
The 2022 R3 Action Plan development team will request community feedback at this year’s Summit to finalize 2022 updates.

Georgia R3 Summit – July 20th, 2022

Much has happened since the last Summit held in 2018. Time to dust off those cobwebs and catch up. Georgia Wildlife Federation is hosting the Initiative’s R3 Summit July 20th, 2022 at the Alcovy Conservation Center (ACC) in Covington. Join us to discuss existing efforts, needs and opportunities in the R3 realm. R3 Initiative veteran? Welcome back! New to the community? Glad to have you!

Expect highlights from the GA R3 Initiative steering committee organizations; snapshots of unique hunter, angler and shooting sport recruitment, retention and reactivation programs; plus, engaging conversations on successes achieved and opportunities to be had. Registration is free including lunch sponsored by Archery Trade Association and be sure to stay for happy hour afterwards. Register by July 6th!

If you are traveling to attend the meeting, we have simple accommodations on the beautiful grounds of the Alcovy Conservation Center and multiple hotels within a 10-minute drive. At the ACC, we have 3 dual occupancy bedrooms for $65 a bed. Camping is available for $40 per night. Breakfast is included for all overnight guests. Contact to inquire availabilities.

Click to enlarge the Agenda* below. *Subject to change. We are looking forward to having you!

Lunch Sponsored by Archery Trade Association

Learn to Hunt!

Georgia Wildlife Federation,
Artemis Georgia (Women’s Initiative)

Georgia Wildlife Federation,
Academics Afield (Student Initiative)

Georgia Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Resources Division
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Calendar of Events
State Land Access
Private Land Access
Federal Land Access
Hunter Resources

National Wild Turkey Federation

Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International

Other Conservation Organizations

Give them a call and see if they offer what you are looking for!

Georgia State Parks
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
National Wildlife Federation
National Deer Association
Ducks Unlimited
Delta Waterfowl
Pheasants and Quail Forever
National Wild Turkey Federation Georgia Chapter

Want Support? Reach Out!

Bre Bashford
GA R3 Coordinator
GA R3 Initiative

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