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February 2024 Issue


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Henry County

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Taylor County

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Colquitt County


Uphill Battle Continues On Bobwhite Quail

Now that the white-tailed deer season has ended, hunters will likely turn their attention once again to small game like rabbits, squirrels and the bobwhite quail, although quail hunting is nothing like it once was. When fence rows from small farms and family gardens crisscrossed Alabama and the Southeast, the bobwhite flourished. Since large-scale farming…

Gwinnett Velvet Giant Is No. 2 Typical Georgia Bow Buck Of All-Time

Georgia has a new No. 2 best-ever typical bow-kill buck. The giant Gwinnett County 10-pointer grossed 182 inches and netted 174 3/8 inches and was recently scored by official measurer Bobby Bond in Fort Valley. When looking at overall Georgia bow bucks, both typical and non-typical, Grant Bailey’s buck is No. 6 on that list….

Rate Your Deer Season Survey 2023-2024

Georgia’s deer season rating sees yet another uptick from hunters rating their seasons at “Excellent.” While the percentage of happier hunters rises less than 1 percent, it does bring the season total of those rating their seasons as Excellent to 25.7%. This is an all-time record since GON began conducting the survey more than two…

Woods-N-Water’s Trophy Boars

It’s dark now. DARK dark. Like a bear down a well. Without a flashlight. The sun went down hours ago on this second January Tuesday. Turbid clouds are rolling ominously overhead, fleeing a tornado-spawning system headed my way. The wind moans and, at times, howls. Limbs click, clatter and thump to the ground. The ground…

2023-2024 Quick Guide To Georgia Hunting Season Dates

Here is a quick reference to the 2023-2024 Georgia hunting seasons. There are rather significant changes for Georgia deer hunters with the upcoming 2023-2024 season, particularly when it comes to either-sex days. As always, make sure to check the regulations before you pull the trigger on an antlerless deer. While most of the state is…


Satilla Gets Another New Black Crappie Record

Just days after releasing the annual edition of the Georgia Lake and River Records, another river record has already fallen. On Feb. 6, Steven Todd, of Saint George, managed to reel in a 2-lb., 1-oz. black crappie that raised the river-record bar for the species for the second time in the past 13 months. “I…

73 3/4 Pound Catfish Sets Lake Sinclair Record Then Released

On the afternoon of Jan. 26, long-time buddies Brandon Pitts and Kenny Scott set out on Lake Sinclair in hopes of wrangling some big stripers. Finding gizzard shad of a suitable size for bait proved to be difficult, forcing the anglers to alter their game plan. Unbeknownst to them, it put them on a path…

44 New Georgia Record Fish Confirmed In 2023

Since last February’s printing of GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list, we’ve added 44 fish, the exact number of new fish we added in February 2023 and up from 33 fish that were added in February 2022. The exclusive list of official record fish for all major Georgia lakes and rivers is always available…

IGFA Awards New Junior World Record Redfish To Brunswick Boy

Graham Lewis, a 10-year-old from Brunswick, recently caught a youth-division,world-record redfish from the surf on Saint Simons Island. The catch took place Sept. 24 and was just processed by the International Game Fish Association. The fished measured 105 cm (41.3 inches) to the fork. “A bunch of people at school have been asking me if I…

Electronic Edge For Lake Lanier Winter Ditch-Pattern Bass

Everyone has heard about the good winter ditch bite at Lake Lanier, but how do you locate those fish and catch them?  James Harmon, known as “Lanier Jim,” or LJ for short, has spent years learning to read electronics and using them to catch Lanier bass, and his tips will help you. In 2012, I…


Combat Wounded Vets Enjoy Outdoor Experience

American heroes who served our country enjoyed some time in the Georgia outdoors recently thanks to the generosity of an outfitter, volunteers and the Warrior Bonfire Program. Once again Kenny McCrimmon showed out for veterans with another benefit shoot for them at Sawblade Outfitters on Sgoda Road a few miles east of Macon. Kenny and…

Skeet Legend From Georgia Prepares For Another Shot At Olympic Gold

With the Paris Olympics looming this summer and Team USA qualifying matches in Arizona next month, Eatonton native Vincent Hancock earned gold and silver medals during the recent ISSF World Cup shooting competitions in Rabat, Morocco. Vincent won gold in the Skeet Mixed Team event silver in Men’s Skeet. In the Men’s Skeet competition, Vincent…

Georgia Power ‘Forestry For Wildlife’ Recognition Is Well Deserved

The recent announcement of Georgia Power as one of four companies honored as DNR’s 2024 Forestry For Wildlife partners should come as no surprise to sportsmen and conservationists in Georgia. Georgia Power has about 67,000 acres of forest land that primarily serves to buffer operations or provide sites for potential future projects. About half of…


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…

Trapping With A State Champion

As I watched Annabel Wilson walk up and down a woods road that led into a Jefferson County cut corn field, I knew exactly where I would put a dirt-hole set. “That little tuft of grass right there,” I whispered to Mike Wilson, Annabel’s dad. A minute later, the confident 20-year-old wildlife student at Abraham…

Georgia DNR Expands Focus On Accessible Opportunities

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to expand its focus on developing accessible opportunities. On Jan. 9, 2024 the agency hosted its third adaptive hunt since the program launched in 2021. Five hunters along with their a hunting partners were paired with guides for the agency’s two-day Hunt and Learn experience on private…


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February 2024 Issue of GON Magazine

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Rate Your Deer Season Results

10 GPS Locations For Magnum Lanier Spots

Turkey Shotgun Pattern Testing Data

Bass Feed Up - Lake Seminole

Trophy Wild Boars With Woods-N-Water

GON's Lake & River Record Fish

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