Cony­ers' Bow­ers se­lected as chief of game man­age­ment

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The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources’ Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion re­cently named John W. Bow­ers as the new chief of the Game Man­age­ment Sec­tion. He fills the po­si­tion left va­cant by Mark Whit­ney, who re­cently was pro­moted to as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the agency. Bow­ers pre­vi­ously held the po­si­tion of as­sis­tant chief of game man­age­ment.

“I look for­ward to John’s con­tri­bu­tions in this new po­si­tion,” said Dan Forster, di­rec­tor of the Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion. “His ex­ten­sive work with state- wide projects and his 18 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with the agency will con­tinue to be a tremen­dous ben­e­fit as we move ahead.”

As chief of game man­age­ment, Bow­ers will di­rect all sec­tion re­gional su­per­vi­sors and as­sis­tant chiefs in co­or­di­nat­ing and di­rect­ing the statewide wildlife pro­gram, de­vel­op­ment of the statewide game man­age­ment bud­get and over­sight of fed­eral Wildlife Restora­tion fund­ing. He will su­per­vise the statewide wildlife man­age­ment area pro­gram and statewide re­search and sur­vey ef­forts.

In ad­di­tion, he will over­see the draft­ing of hunt­ing and land use reg­u­la­tions and tech­ni­cal ad­vice on wildlife pro­vided to pri­vate, cor­po­rate and mu­nic­i­pal landown­ers.

Bow­ers be­gan his ca­reer at Wildlife Re­sources Di­vi­sion in 1996 as is­land man­ager and wildlife bi­ol­o­gist for Sapelo Is­land. Later in his ca­reer, he held the po­si­tion of spe­cial projects bi­ol­o­gist and ad­min­is­tered a va­ri­ety of statewide projects, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing, edit­ing and pub­lish­ing the an­nual Hunt­ing Sea­sons and Reg­u­la­tions book­let, the Ge­or­gia Deer Man­age­ment Plan, the Oss­abaw Is­land Com­pre­hen­sive Man­age­ment Plan and di­rect­ing the quota hunt pro­gram.

As as­sis­tant chief of the Game Man­age­ment Sec­tion, Bow­ers di­rected the de­vel­op­ment of hunt­ing reg­u­la­tions, the Ge­or­gia Ur­ban Deer Man­age­ment Plan and the Al­li­ga­tor Man­age­ment Plan.

He was key to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Ge­or­gia Deer Man­age­ment Plan.

Bow­ers worked to help re­struc­ture and tran­si­tion the quota hunt sys­tem. He also de­vel­oped an in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship to pub­lish the an­nual hunt­ing guide, ul­ti­mately sav­ing sports­men tens of thou­sands of dollars.

Through his work as as­sis­tant chief, he ad­di­tion­ally helped in­crease the ex­pan­sion of hunt­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties on pub­lic lands.

Bow­ers has a mas­ter’s de­gree in Wildlife Science from Auburn Univer­sity and lives in Cony­ers with his wife, Cather­ine, and their son and twin daugh­ters.

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