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January 24, 2018 iReporter Page 3B MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson III e nightly tempera- tures often in the 20's and below, windy, cold days, and a snowstorm in our rearview mirror, would you believe the time to apply for Quota Turkey Hunts is quickly run- ning out? This year anyone interested in applying for one or more of these hunts must do so by 11:59 p.m Feb. 15. Each year the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division schedules scores of Quota Turkey Hunts at wildlife man- agement areas and other public lands across the Peach State. There are two types of available Georgia hunts. Most of these events are avail- able to hunters of all ages; however, some hunts are designed for just youngsters. Youth Turkey Hunts provide adults with the opportunity to teach young lmnters the art of Terry W. Johnson turkey hunting without the youngsters having to compete with older, more experienced hunt- ers. During these hunts, an adult (person 18 years old or older) must supervise each young hunter, and only the youngster can actually hunt. All applica- tions for these hunts must be filed electroni- cally. The application can be found by going to GoOutdoorsGeorgia.org. Keep in mind that up to three hunters can apply on a single application. When you visit the site, you might find it interesting to take a gander at the odds of being selected for each individual hunt last year. This will give you some idea what the odds are for being selected this year. Let's take a look at the quota hunts available within a short driv- ing distance of Monroe County. Two general quota hunts are scheduled for Monroe County's own Youth turkey hunts are designed to let young hunters learn the art of turkey hunting without having to compete with older, more experienced hunters. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Wildlife Resources Division) Rum Creek Wildlife hunt. The hunts will Management Area. Only be held April 16-22 and 25 hunters will be cho- April 28-May 4. sen to take part in each Two Youth Turkey Hunts will also be held here this year. The dates for these hunts are March 24-April 1 and April 7-15. Twenty- five young hunters will be drawn for each hunt. The Clybel WMA also offers both General and Youth Turkey Hunts in 2018. The youth hunts are slated for March 24-April 1 and April 7-15. The general quota turkey hunt dates are April 18-22 and April 28-May 1. The quota for each of these four hunts is 25. One youth turkey hunt will be held on the B. F. Grant WMA March 24-April 1. A quota of 80 young hunters has been established for this event. This will be followed by a general quota turkey hunt April 2-8 (quota 80). Three quota general turkey hunts are on the calendar for the Big Lazer Creek WMA. The dates of these hunts are March 24-April 1, April 7-15, and April 21-29. Fifty hunters will be drawn for each hunt. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services has scheduled three quota turkey hunts (quota 300 for each hunt) on the nearby Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. If you are interested in obtain- ing an application for any of these hunts, you must contact the Piedmont NWR office (478-986-5441) or email piedmont@fws.gov. To qualify for any of these hunts, you must apply by Feb. 28. For more informa- tion regarding any of these or other quota turkey hunts scheduled for this spring, consult your 2017-18 Georgia Hunting Seasons Guide. The guide can also be viewed online at www. gohuntgeorgia.com. Terry Johnson is the retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program. He has written the infor- mative column 'Monroe Outdoors'for the Reporter for many years. Email him at tjwood- duck@bellsouth, net. Looking for answers or options? We can help! Free pregnancy test Parenting classes Pregnancy Support J 478-994-3173 I Mort, Tee & Thu 10:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m. www.monroecountypregnancycenter,org MP wrestling squad preps for Area traditional meet The Mary Persons varsity wrestling team, led by Hunter Lowe (above) and Jacob Anthony (at left) was scheduled to finish its regular season on Wednesday with a road match at Upson-Lee.MP will then compete in the Area 2-AAAA Traditionals championship tournament at Perry on Friday and Saturday. MP individuals who excel at Area will then compete in the state sectionals meet thefollowing weekend. (File photos) Featuring Tennis, Baseball & Soccer D D ine: