Carson Love is a junior at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources studying Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences (UGA). Thanks to the support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Restoration Program, GWF recently hired her to coordinate the Academics Afield program at UGA.
In her role, she creates a welcoming environment for students who have little to no hunting experience to learn the activity. Each participant brings along their own barriers when learning a new subject. It’s up to Carson to identify participant’s challenges and help them overcome them. To foster learning opportunities for each workshop, she coordinates an education seminar focused on species biology and how hunting is related to conservation. She takes everyone to the shooting range to ensure they are safe, capable and confident. In addition, with the help of peer student coaches, she creates low-pressure guided hunt opportunities for students to take an animal if they feel comfortable to do so. Everyone shares a game meal after the hunt fostering conversation, laughter and memories.
The position of Academics Afield Coordinator, isn’t for everyone, but Carson Love is up for the task. Her experiences and goals align well with the program. She grew up on the coast of Savannah, GA, going out in the boat or to her relatives’ farm most weekends. This is where she gained her passion for the outdoors and conservation. Some of her favorite outdoor activities include hunting, hiking, and camping. As the University of Georgia’s Academics Afield Coordinator, Carson looks forward to engaging with and guiding new hunters into the field, providing hands-on experience with safe hunting techniques.
The Georgia R3 Initiative is a cooperative effort between Georgia Wildlife Federation, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, National Wild Turkey Federation, and the Georgia Chapter of Safari Club International.
Academics Afield is supported by a grant (#F21AP00678-00) from the Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Georgia R3 Initiative: https://gwf.org/r3/
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About Georgia Wildlife Federation
Georgia Wildlife Federation was founded as a sportsman’s organization in 1936 and is Georgia’s oldest 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.