Nov 2-6: Fall Chapter Campout

September 29, 2016

Whaaaa Whooooo… it’s coming up on that time of year again for our annual fall campout.  Once again we will be over at Oconee State Park.  Click here for a link to their web site so you can reserve a camping spot.  Our base camp site is #93.

We will once again be doing our guest Chef meal cooking plans.   So if you plan on joining us and/or if you can host a meal  (Breakfast or supper; lunch is on your own) please contact Steve Perry with that information.  Steve will need a head count for each meal so he can be sure that the volunteer cook at each meal knows how many to prepare for eating. He can be reached at or by phone at 828-371-1633.

Terry Rivers will be going over on Oct. 31st to get everything set up so if you can help him that day, that too would be appreciated.  Don’t miss out on this camping event!  Always  a great fun event!

Sept 24: Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day

September 12, 2016

Subject: Unicoi Outdoor Adventure Day (Saturday, Sept 24, 2016)

It’s that time of the year again! Interested volunteers should reply to William Goldman ( ). William’s phone: 770-535- 5498, and fax 5953.

Call for Volunteers: Please consider volunteering to help us at Unicoi State Park’s Outdoor Adventure Day to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, 9/24/16. You don’t have to be an expert outdoorsman or woman to play a vital role in the day’s success. Can you help at registration or direct parking? There’s a niche for everyone.

Unicoi State Park’s management company, Coral Hospitality, hosts us, Game Management Supervisor Ken handles the budget, and Jeff Durniak handles event staffing. We (DNR) need a hundred or so volunteers to make this event happen. Many of you are OAD veterans, but the following info may help prospective volunteers to understand the roles they could play and to make the decision to join our ranks. To fill out my roster and to ensure good communications with all of you volunteers, I would like the following info from each volunteer:

1) Your name
2) Your affiliation (if you’d like me to credit your group or club)
3) email address
4) phone number

First come, first served. The majority of the 10AM to 4 PM event is held along the creek downstream from Unicoi Dam (map: http://…id=98&show=map). Below is the narrative from previous years’ volunteer instructions to help you understand the duties at each venue. Thanks for your consideration. We can’t pull off this event without an army of vols!

Venue Info:
• Registration tent. These workers will greet visitors and get signed liability release forms and pens back from them in exchange for raffle tickets. Detailed instructions will be provided to you on Saturday (9/24), as Kim trains you. Visitors will be given an arm band as proof of signing the re- lease form (so they can shoot).

• Raffle tent. Visitors will put one copy of the raffle ticket into the raffle bucket of their choice and keep the other copy. The raffle will start at 1 PM for free prizes. I have a small, separate work force assigned to the raffle. Volunteers on my roster are eligible for prizes, also!

• Parking. Park staff will guide visitor vehicles to orderly parking in the big field. Parks staff also have a plan for overflow parking, if needed. They may need a few helpers to direct traffic and explain the venue layout to guests departing their vehicles.

• Archery. Hands-on. One-on-one instruction by WRD and hopefully the Traditional Bowhunters Association, once again. Note that this venue is on far side of Smith Creek, next to the laundry building. It can be reached by the road crossing up near the dam or by the footbridge over the creek to the group camp. Some of you may be asked to provide security. Just stand at edge of venue and prevent visitors from straying into the line of fire.

• Airgun. Hands on by WRD, 4-H Club, and other volunteers. Same as #4, and located next to it. Again, a few of you may secure the perimeter.

• Skeet. Handled mainly by well-trained DNR and USFS Rangers and Game Management Technicians. It’s 500 yards downstream from the main event (safety, safety). A few of you may simply help at the sign-in tent and keep waiting guests away from the shooting area (no experience need- ed).

• Fishing tent. This is where visitors can exchange a driver’s license for a loaner fishing pole and bait. Biologists, fishing guides, TU’ers, and other fibbers can answer questions and give fishing tips. Fisheries staff will need at least 6 helpers to stay at the tent to handle loaner rod untangling, knot-tying, bait distribution, and rod checkout. This is a busy, yet fun tent.

• Fly casting. Part of the field will be set aside for casting instruction. I suggest that volunteers bring a rod that they don’t mind visitors tinkering with (DON’T BRING YOUR GOOD SAGE OR WINSTON!!!). I am venue leader for casting and tying. If you tie, bring your tying stuff with you, too.

• Fly tying instruction. Bring your supplies and an extra vise if you have one. Let visitors sit down at the table and tie his/her own fly to take home. Variations of the woolly worm (W. bugger, Anytime/Anywhere, etc.) or San Juan worm have worked well for me in the past. Kids love a gold bead and a big, gaudy fly. Girls love pink flies. Beads from craft store, yarn from Wal Mart. Cheap, easy, and fun for visitor. Many visitors are shy, so you may have to speak up and encourage youngsters to come over and tie their own fly.

• Fishing stream helpers. Grab a pocket fishing kit (hooks and split shot) and some bait (corn) that WRD will supply and go help people fishing on stream. Search them out – look at stringers, tackle used, and forlorn faces. Find a kid and work with him/her for an hour or so
on reading water, casting, setting hook, etc. Mentoring! Fishing is NOT restricted to kids only (parent has the driver’s license, so they must be hooked, too). Feel free to bring some of your favorite baits to help your reputation as an awesome fishing guide. We will have about 100 loaner poles available, but feel free to bring an extra Zebco outfit if you have one to loan to your “student,” since we made more than 300 loans at our last event. Some of you can help WRD staff stock creek around 9:45AM. Get some kids to help too – we’re bringing buckets to get them involved.

• Wildlife and Camping venues. The experts pretty much run their own shows. Volunteers here will mainly help WRD staff with logistics needed by the demonstrators (tables, chairs, PR, food and water, etc).

Thanks for considering the donation of your Saturday to preserve the future of your sport! Please provide your information to William ( if you are interested in helping DNR to promote outdoor recreation and plant some seeds of conservation.

Sincerely, Jeff

Jeff Durniak
Regional Fisheries Supervisor Georgia Wildlife Resources Division

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