Seth Cook

Seth Cook, R3 Intern at University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Parker Gerdes

Parker Gerdes, R3 Intern at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

CONTACT: Charles Evans,

Covington, GA – Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF) announces the hiring of Seth Cook and Parker Gerdes. As Campus R3 Coordinators at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, respectively, they will work towards the goal of teaching students how to hunt and shoot.National Shooting Sports Foundation

Studies show that colleges are an excellent place to start recruiting adult hunters. GWF previously piloted a learn-to-hunt program at UGA in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Thanks to support from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, GWF is able to expand the college program to ABAC and hire two student interns to facilitate programming at both campuses. Through this expansion, interns will work to:

  • Introduce college students with interest, but no avenue, to hunting and shooting.
  • Make hunting and shooting relevant among college students.
  • Educate participants and current hunters on how hunting and shooting are important to conservation.

In the first year, we expect to introduce around 100 college students to hunting and/or the shooting sports with the hope of expanding to more colleges in the second year. In addition, the programs will likely have a ripple effect within the college community improving societal acceptance of hunting and shooting among those that do not actually participate in the program.

For more information on the Georgia R3 Initiative, visit Read more about Seth and Parker at

NSSF has a variety of R3-related research available and recently created a consumer-facing website,, that provides information to all levels of hunters from beginner to expert.’

R3 PartnersThe Georgia R3 Initiative is a cooperative effort between Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, and Safari Club International.


About Georgia Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation was founded as a sportsman’s organization in 1936 and is Georgia’s oldest and largest conservation organization. Today, members include hunters, anglers, bird watchers, hikers, educators, and all Georgians who are interested in preserving our natural resources and outdoor heritage.

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