Georgia Mentor Competition

Recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters is the main focus of the Georgia R3 Initiative (GRI). To establish a Georgia DNR database of potential hunter mentors, incentivize recruitment of new hunters and educate hunters on why mentorship is important, the GRI is partnering with Georgia Outdoors News (GON) to host the inaugural Georgia Mentor Competition.

The competition will allow hunters (18 or older) who mentor a new hunter of any age (individual that has never hunted or has very limited experience) to enter an application to be considered for the Deer, Turkey or Small Game Mentor of the Year. Hunts eligible for submission to the Small Game category include any species considered small game or migratory birds by Georgia DNR (alligator, crows, dove, fox, bobcat, grouse, marsh hens, opossum, quail, rabbit, raccoon, snipe, squirrel, and woodcock and waterfowl).

Application 

Each mentor may submit one application for each category. The competition will be open for submission August 15, 2017 – May 15, 2018, and hunts must occur during this period in Georgia. The Mentor of the Year for each category will be announced during the summer of 2018. Each Mentor of the Year will win a gun and be featured in a GON article highlighting their story (e.g., how they got their start hunting, why mentoring is important to them, interesting mentorship stories).

To enter the Georgia Mentor Competition you must:

  1. Sign up as a Mentor in the Georgia DNR volunteer database.
    a. Go to www.gooutdoorsgeorgia.com.
    b. Locate your customer account.
    c. Create a volunteer application.
    d. Fill out the application and be sure to check the Mentor box under the Qualifications/Skills/Experience heading.
  2. Take a new hunter of any age hunting for deer, turkey or small game.
    a. Ensure they have a valid hunting license or apprentice license.
    b. Take a quality photo of yourself and the new hunter while hunting (no harvest required).
  3. Fill out the entry form on GON.com (you will need to provide a GADNR Customer ID Number for yourself and the new hunter).

Winner Selection 

The Mentor of the Year for each category will be chosen by the Georgia Mentor Competition Selection Panel made up of judges from five organizations (GWF, QDMA, NWTF, GADNR and GON). The judges will base their selections on their evaluation of the mentor’s responses to the application questions and the panel will vote on the finalists to select the Mentor of the Year for each category.

Great Prizes Awarded For Deer, Turkey and Small Game Mentors of the Year  

Deer Mentor of the Year: The winner will receive a Bergara B-14 Hunter 6.5 Creedmor, sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association, and be included in a feature article in GON magazine. Their mentee (new hunter) will receive a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s License, sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

 

Turkey Mentor of the Year – The winner will receive a Mossberg 500 Turkey 12 gauge, sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation, and be included in a feature article in GON magazine. Their mentee (new hunter) will receive a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s License, sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

 

Small Game Mentor of the Year – The winner will receive a Ruger 10/22 Takedown, sponsored by the Georgia Wildlife Federation, and be included in a feature article in GON magazine. Their mentee (new hunter) will receive a Georgia Lifetime Sportsman’s License, sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation.

 

Georgia Mentor Competition entry form