Duck Bait Found On River Bend, Beaverdam WMAs

Portions of two WMAs in Laurens County will be closed to waterfowl hunting for at least few weeks.

One or more poachers have ruined duck-hunting memories that were to be made this Saturday as duck season opens in Georgia.

While doing regular checks in Laurens County on Riverbend and Beaverdam WMAs yesterday, Nov. 19, Wildlife Technician Robert Sanders found multiple sites where violators placed corn to attract ducks.

"We are having to post sites at both River Bend and Beaverdam WMAs as closed for waterfowl hunting indefinitely, until all the bait is consumed," said WRD Region Supervisor Chris Baumann. 

At River Bend, both tracts of the WMA are impacted. Beacham Lake on the south tract is posted with "No Hunting" signs, and Troup Lake on the north tract is also posted. 

At Beaverdam WMA, the beaverpond at the end of road behind the kiosk will be posted “No Hunting” due to bait.

"Unfortunately, the individuals who did this have negatively impacted many other hunters, and we are well aware of this, but by law, these sites must not hunted until 10 days after all bait has been consumed," said Chris. 

Anyone with information on who placed the bait on these WMAs is encouraged to contact the Region 6 Law Enforcement office at (912) 685-2145 during business hours or (800) 241-4113 after normal business hours.

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