“A recent study of hunter education graduates showed that 26 percent of them did not purchase a hunting license within the first year of passing the test,” said Walter Lane, hunter development program manager. “When they don’t get the chance to hunt right away, it is a chance that we have lost a hunter. This range pass is an immediate way to invite them out to give it a shot. They can test out their shooting skills while keeping their enthusiasm strong.”
How will it work? It’s easy. At the conclusion of their class, each student receives their hunter education certification card. The graduation date, listed on the card, is the beginning of their three-month shooting range pass. They just need to show the card at the range. Students will also receive information about the use of the pass and where to find participating ranges during their classroom time. More information on shooting ranges can be found here, www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/archery-shooting-ranges. Most ranges are open year-round and have rules in place to ensure a safe, family-friendly environment. Many ranges are staffed by DNR personnel or volunteers.
Learn more at www.georgiawildlife.com/RangePass , or call the Hunter Education office at 770-761-3010.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: All student athletes and their parents in the Griffin-Spalding School System are invited to attend a college head-start seminar 6 p.m., Monday Jan. 28 in the commons at Griffin High where a compliance director from Morehouse College will be the featured speaker.
The seminar is dedicated to helping the high school athlete put together a package to help make the college sports recruiting process successful.
Those who attend will receive athletic, academic and personal advice. To learn more contact Griffin High (770) 229-3752.
SPALDING HIGH FOOTBALL: The Spalding High football staff will hold a meeting 7 p.m., Jan. 29 in the gym for all eighth graders interested in playing for Spalding High next season.
The meeting is for players and parents alike.
LITTLE LEAGUE: Registration for the Spring 2013 season is going through Feb. 9. If you need to register in person, you can do so at AMBUCS Park.
Fee to play this year is $125 for baseball and $75 for softball, but you can get a discount if sign up online and pay in full.
Tryouts dates and times for baseball are as follows: 5/6 Division, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11; 7/8 Division, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12; 9/10 Division, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 14; and 11-13 Division 6:30 p.m., Feb. 15. Drafts for baseball will be 6:30 p.m., the day after tryouts, excluding 11/13 Division which will be right after tryouts and 3/4 Division will be at 6:30 p.m., Feb. 11.
Tryout dates and times for softball are as follows: 7/8 Division, 10 a.m., Feb. 16; 9/10 Division, 11:30 a.m., Feb. 16; 11/12 Division, 1 p.m., Feb. 16; and 13-&-up Division, 2:30 p.m., Feb. 16. Drafts for softball will follow tryouts excluding the 4/6 Division which will be at 10 a.m., Feb. 16.
Opening day is March 9 for baseball and March 16 for softball. For more, go to www.spaldingcountylittleleague.com.
YOUTH SOCCER: The Griffin Soccer club will conduct registration for the spring 2013 season from 9 a.m., to 3 p.m., on Saturdays in January at Wyomia Tyus Park snack bar in Griffin.
You can also register online at www.griffinsoccer.org.
For more, phone (678) 608-0534.
GHS BASEBALL ALUMNI: New Griffin High School head baseball coach Kevin Mobley is looking for all GHS baseball alumni. If you played baseball for GHS or know someone who played GHS baseball (1 year or all 4 years), please get in touch with coach Mobley as soon as possible. Contact him by email (email@example.com) or by phone (678-340-5617).