Georgia R3 Initiative

The GA R3 Initiative is a cooperative effort hosted by GWF and supported by GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division, the National Wild Turkey Federation the GA Chapter of Safari Club International and Ducks Unlimited. 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.

Initiative Goals

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

2) Increase public support for hunting and the shooting sports

Background information and the suggested strategies, actions, and tasks to accomplish these goals are defined in the Georgia R3 Action Plan Summer 2023 Version. The plan is available in a summarizing table of strategies and actions only. A summarizing table of updates and changes between versions is also provided. The Georgia R3 Working Group meets every other month to discuss R3 Action. See the Sept. 21st, 2023 meeting Agenda.

Georgia’s R3 Summit

On an annual basis, R3 practitioners, volunteers and leaders across Georgia meet to discuss existing R3 strategies and community needs. Upon attending, you can expect updates on the most recent R3 research, conservation policy and outdoor industry partnerships. Programmers will share opportunities to engage in local hunter, angler, and shooting sports recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts. The R3 Initiative and state coordinator will provide resources and tools to better incorporate R3 into your daily work. Attendees tend to agree that the networking opportunity and ability to develop partnerships is what makes this meeting unique!

Resources from most recent Summits are below!

Living in the Moment: Through a Lens

By: Carson Love Put down your phone, take in the sun's warmth, listen to the birds singing, and feel the wind wisping across your face - just live in the moment. Taking a step back from the fast-paced hustle of the world,  “living in the moment” is a common mantra...

Academics Afield is Back in Action

The 2023-2024 Academics Afield program started with a bang this past week. Several students from Fort Valley State University joined a few faculty members for a weekend of fun. Friday was spent at the Ocmulgee River Gun Club where club members taught the students to...

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