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April 2024 Issue



Gobbler With Double Spurs On Each Leg Taken In South Georgia

As a 19-year-old turkey hunter in just his second season, Grant Tucker was just hoping to finally claim that he had killed his first turkey. Killing a gobbler that was one of the rarest in history wasn’t even in his wildest dreams. “I had been chasing this bird on my father’s blueberry farm for two…

Super Rare Turkey Killed In Talbot County

Talbot County’s Michael Barnes was just looking to get his first turkey of the season last Sunday morning. He never dreamed he’d get a turkey that even the experts say the likes they’ve never seen before. “When I shot it and got to it, the first thing that I noticed was that it didn’t have…

Restoring Old Army Jeeps

GP. General Purpose vehicle. Believe that designation. Dane Schroff certainly does. And he has tens of thousands of miles bouncing behind the steering wheel to prove it. He also had a couple of barns packed with GPs. “It is,” as he says, “an obsession.” Today’s fancy new side-by-side vehicles­—Kubotas, Can-Ams and Gators—have taken the outdoor…

Do You Love It? Georgia Duck Hunter Gets Asked Hard Question

“Do you love it?” That is the question that startled me awake. It was asked by Grayson Crews. To give some back story to that quote, it’s 5:01 a.m, and the first good duck hunt is on the horizon. To say I was excited is an understatement. However, when he asked me that, I still…

Georgia Trappers Association Teaches Coyote Trapping At Coweta County Baptist Church

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1: 28 You can’t wait to plug in your SD card from the trail camera…


Spawning Bass And Bluebacks Key To Lake Hartwell BFL Win

Brian Tidwell, of Seneca, S.C., caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds even Saturday to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Hartwell. Hosted by the City of Lavonia, the tournament was the third event of the season for the BFL Savannah River Division. Tidwell earned $3,684 for his…

Rock Bass Established As New Georgia State Record

Exciting news out of northwest Georgia this week with the establishment of a new state-record rock bass. Angler Jeffrey Forester, of Rossville, landed the 1-lb., 0-oz. fish on April 6 on South Chickamauga Creek. This catch will be the first rock bass state record recognized, according to the Georgia DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. Jeffrey’s rock…

Queen Triggerfish Added To Georgia Record Books

A Richmond Hill man has set a new Georgia state record category for a queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula), weighing in at 7-lbs., 0.58-ozs. The fish is a new species in the Georgia Saltwater Game Fish Program and no prior record existed. The records program committee, made of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff and biologists,…

Jim Murray Jr. Wins Lake Eufaula BFL Bass Tournament

Boater Jim Murray Jr., of Parrott, caught a five-bass limit weighing 25-lbs., 12-ozs., Saturday April 6 to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Eufaula. Hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, the tournament was the third event of the season for the BFL Bulldog Division. Murray earned $4,046…

West Point Lake Striped Bass Sets New Record At 40 Pounds

The day of striper fishing on West Point for Mike Steele, of Dallas, was pretty-danged boring until it wasn’t. It ended with him landing a 40-lb. striper that’s a new lake record. He has his buddy Mike Bartlett to thank, and Bartlett wasn’t even the net man. “My buddy and I had fished from daylight…


Make Plans To Attend The 2024 Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast July 26-28

It’s save the date time! The 2024 Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast will take place July 26-28 at the LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson just north of Atlanta. Plans are for this year’s GON event to be the biggest and best in the 19 years since we held the very first Outdoor Blast so we could…

Be On The Lookout For Cogongrass!

In 2023, cogongrass was detected in Georgia for the first time in Bryan, Cook, Jeff Davis and Quitman counties. There were 175 new detections in 2023, bringing the number of known cogongrass spots in the state to 1,951, scattered across 77 counties. Overall, these values reflect an approximate 15% increase in new detections in 2023,…

Youth Big-Buck Contest 2023-24 Scoring Results

The second of two scoring events for GON’s Truck-Buck and Youth Big-Buck contests was held in Madison on Saturday, March 16. We measured a number of racks from youth hunters, 15 and younger, who showed up to have their bucks scored in the hopes of moving on to the GON Youth Big-Buck Shoot-Out. The winner of that…


Fishing George L. Smith State Park

I’ve never been much on fishing state-park lakes. I know that’s a heck of a line to start a story profiling one, but hang with me. Some of my experiences on these lakes have involved long hours with little to no action, other than the occasional jet ski blowing by and nearing turning my kayak…

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Featured In Series Highlighting Conservation And Funding By Sportsmen

Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation (OSCF) has partnered with Mossberg and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) for a new episode of Connecting with Conservation. This video series was developed to thank America’s 60+ million active HATS (Hunters, Anglers, Trappers and Shooters) for being primary funders of land, fish and wildlife conservation in the…

Seminole Shines In February As Bass Move Up

Normally when I get assigned a GON story on Lake Seminole I’m pretty darn fired up about it. I don’t know if there’s anything quite like a warm, summer day on the lake with the sun on your back and just enough breeze blowing to keep the gnats away. Fields of grass mats and lily…


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April 2024 Issue of GON Magazine

In this issue:

2024 Turkey Special

400-Acre Lake Open To The Public

10 Allatoona Hotspots For April Spawn

Blue Ridge Reservoir For Georgia Trout

Oconee Crappie Move To Shallows

Fiction Part 2: Thunder At Prayer Rock

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