Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center - January 11 - January 15, 2019

Audience
university students

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, offers a variety of activities and programs. This beautiful area is centrally located in the state in a beautiful wooded setting near Mansfield, Georgia, making it easily accessible from Atlanta, Athens and Macon.

543 Elliott Trail
Mansfield, Ga. 30055
(770) 784-3059
Firearms and hunting safety instructor
NRA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Laura is a Certified NRA Shotgun,Rifle, Pistol, Personal protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, IL Conceal Carry instructor, and a Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety/Tree stand Instructor for Illinois DNR. Besides the shooting sports she enjoys teaching archery, fly fishing, cooking, beekeeping and various Boy Scout merit badges. She is a big and small game hunter, and has traveled extensively to hunt and fish. She is a Certified Master Gardener in Illinois and Florida, a beekeeper and a Nationally Certified Medical Technologist. Was an elected Trustee for the Village of Campton Hills, IL, former instructor at Country Garden Cuisine cooking school She is a member of Trout Unlimited, NRA, Boy Scouts of America, St. Charles Sportsman’s club, Rochelle Wildlife Conservation club, and Sisters on the Fly.
Wildlife Interpretive Specialist/ GA Project WILD assistant coordinator
GA Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife Resources Division
Amber Barrow has been working for the department of Natural Resources since 2011 as an environmental educator at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, GA. She also is a hunter education instructor who teaches at day programs and overnight youth hunting events. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Berry College. Amber grew up fishing with her family but started out learning about hunting at the age of 14. Her grandfather taught her about small game hunting for rabbits and squirrels. Later in college, her boyfriend (later to be husband) taught her about falconry and using hawks and other birds of prey to hunt squirrels, rabbits, and other small game. She fell in love with sport and continues to learn more each and every day about the hunting and its history. She loves to cook all kinds of wild game recipes and loves trying new things while outdoors. She currently goes small game hunting with her husband and now is studying to become a licensed falconer in Georgia.
Professor Emeritus, Extension Wildlife Specialist and former Chair of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Scott resides on 12 acres of restored prairie in Oregon, Wisconsin. A native of New Hampshire, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He began hunting by following his father and grandfather around the mountains of northern New England in pursuit of deer and grouse. He has been hunting for more than 40 years for deer, wild turkeys, upland birds and waterfowl. Scott served as state leader of the Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports program for 13 years and is a certified instructor for rifle and shotgun. With the help of several colleagues and friends, he launched the Wisconsin Student Hunting Project in 1995, which received national recognition several years later; it is the model on which CLfT was based. Scott has taught many wild game cooking classes and enjoys promoting game utilization. He is very active in The Wildlife Society and belongs to numerous other conservation organizations.
Professor Emeritus, Certified Wildlife Biologist
North Carolina State University
I am Emeritus Professor in Fisheries, Wildlife, Conservation Biology, NC State (1973- retired 2007). Courses Taught include Wildlife Population Management, Wildlife Field Studies, Fisheries and Wildlife Law/Policy & Administration, Intro Wildlife Mgmt, Forest Wildl Mgmt, Readings In Classic Wildlife Lit.
I mentored undergrad and grad students my entire career and sought to share my wonder of all things natural, and my approach to understanding natural systems so that intelligent, science based management and conservation could be implemented. Pursuant to these goals, I conducted & directed research
for many years with endangered species (red-cockaded woodpeckers and alligators), game species (northern goshawk, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, black bear) and several "non game" critters (eastern bluebird, reddish egret, gray fox, spotted skunk, raccoon).
An avid hunter, fisher, birder with a global life bird list over 1783, I cherish my outdoor time and love to share experiences with folks new to such activity.
I especially like to share the "story" of hunting and attempt to familiarize non hunters with the very strong emotional ties that link my very being with the hunt. This is why I continue my association with CLfT: so that I can share a bit of what hunting is about with young professionals so they may begin to understand what drives some people to hunt.
State Director
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
Kris grew up hunting, trapping and fishing in southern New York State, and continues her passion for those same activities in Mississippi. She has an A.A.S. in Biological Technology from SUNY Cobleskill, a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from SUNY ESF, and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Management from Mississippi State University. She spent 8 years working for the U.S. Forest Service in a variety of positions and the rest of her current career with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services as the State Director for the Mississippi Program. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Mississippi State University teaching human wildlife conflict techniques. She is past president of the Mississippi Wildlife Federation and the Mississippi Chapter of TWS.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Jim has been a wildlife professional since 1965, with experience as a forester, wildlife biologist, educator, and administrator. Retired after 33 years of federal service, 23 in D.C., he then came to MSU in 2001 and continues as Professor Emeritus after retiring in 2005. Jim is a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) since 1963, served as state President for two Chapters, as SE Section Representative to TWS Council, and as President of TWS in 1998-99. He has received numerous professional awards, e.g. two Secretary of Agriculture Honor Awards; the CW Watson Award from the SE Association; Mississippi Wildlife Federation Governors Conservationist of the Year Award; and from TWS, Honorary Member Award, and the professions most prestigious, the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award in 2007. Jim has been an inveterate hunter for over 70 years, spring gobbler hunting being his favorite since 1958. Hunting in multiple states annually he enjoys guiding family members, friends, colleagues, youngsters, and novice hunters. Married to the same considerate wife Doris, since 1962 they have two sons and one grandson. Jim is a Charter Instructor for CLfT from the initial workshop in 2005, and continues actively serving the profession as consultant, motivational speaker, and volunteer.
Associate Extension Professor
Mississippi State University
Dr. Wes Neal received his B.S in from Virginia Tech, and both his M.S. and Ph.D from North Carolina State University. He specializes in research on topics ranging from farm pond management to tropical fish ecology and management to sport fish genetic selection. Wes served as state Extension fisheries specialist in Arkansas for 4.5 years before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2008 in the same role. He currently is an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at MSU. Wes is an avid angler and hunter, with a primary focus on connecting with nature and securing healthy natural meats for the freezer.