Starting June 1, the Allatoona Hunting Program’s permit fees will move to cashless operations for its fall 2020-2021 hunting season.
“While going cashless is new to the Allatoona Hunting Program, the Corps at Allatoona also began cashless operations last year in recreation areas,” said Christopher Purvis, lead ranger of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Allatoona Lake Project. “Cashless operations provide a more secure way to conduct financial transactions, offer greater efficiency, improved tracking of fee collections, decreased costs of managing collections and a safer collection process.”
Electronic payments — credit and debit cards — will be acceptable forms of payment, with other methods, such as money orders and checks, no longer being welcomed.
According to a news release from the Corps, “The special activity permit fee will remain $20 for each permit issued and must be obtained in person at the Allatoona Lake Project Management Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“All hunters are required to have a permit in order to hunt USACE hunting areas. Applicants will be required to provide hunter name, address, telephone number, pertinent state hunting license number and email address. If multiple hunting permits are to be purchased by a single requestor, all the above information will have to be provided for each hunter.”
Every year, a maximum of 400 permits are granted to hunters utilizing the 10 hunting areas, which span 2,777 acres, in Bartow and Cherokee counties.
“The hunting areas are Bartow Beach Road, Vineyard Mountain, Bethany South, Webster's Overlook, Clark Creek, Kellogg Creek, Mill Creek, Big Oaks, Etowah River and Macedonia,” Purvis said. “Hunters can refer to our website for maps about specific locations and access points. Animals commonly hunted in these areas include deer, turkeys, squirrels, hogs, rabbits and waterfowl.”
Further details can be obtained by calling the USACE Allatoona Lake Project Management Office at 678-721-6700, visiting https://go.usa.gov/xpceu or following USACE Allatoona Lake on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/USACEAllatoonaLake/.
“Yes, there is a possibility that the permit process and hunting season will be impacted by COVID-19,” Purvis said. “The process for attaining permits has already been delayed from May 1 until June 1, 2020.
“The Corps will be monitoring the situation and will keep the public informed with any changes. The Corps' main concern is the safety of the public and Corps employees.”