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May 2024 Issue



Blue Angels Take To Georgia Turkey Woods

If it comes as a surprise that an annual onion harvest could spawn a week-long festival that has spanned 47 years, you’ve probably never tasted the sweet goodness of a true Vidalia. The 2024 Vidalia Onion Festival was held April 25-28 and featured live music, vendors, rodeo and fantastic food—onions included. The grand finale was…

Coyote Cull: May 2024 Entries

The 2024 GON Coyote Cull is off and rolling as hunters and trappers step up to the plate to kill song dogs in an effort to save fawns and turkey poults. Listed below are all the entries of those who have found success and taken a photo with their May 2024 issue of GON. We’ll…

WMA Coyote Season Runs May 16-31

One more crack at it! If you rely on public land to fill that inner desire to hunt, the last two weeks of May will be your final chance until Aug. 15, when squirrel season opens and the hunting cycle begins anew. WRD in recent years has allowed WMA hunting for coyotes and hogs from…

Red Turkey Taken In Tift County

Jamal Lane, of Chula, is a rugged guy, a man’s man. He’s a landscaper. He farms on the side. He’s a dedicated turkey hunter who gets up before daylight to chase birds before beginning his regular workday. He never dreamed that the sight of a special turkey could bring out a different side of himself….

2024 Georgia Turkey Season Update

The reports from the turkey woods aren’t great—Georgia is certainly not back to normal and acceptable levels of birds in most areas. Some tracts continue to hold good numbers of turkeys, and one thing’s for sure… if a gobbler gets killed, we are fortunate to see pictures of happy hunters! Some of those photos appear…


Ohoopee River Bream Fishing On Fire—New Bluegill Record Set

A record is a record, whether you catch it on a cricket or some new-fangled bladed bait. “I like to watch that cork,” said Dylan Durrence, the angler who just broke the new Ohoopee River bluegill record with a fish that weighed 1-lb. 7.52-ozs. on certified scales at Layne’s Sport Shop on Highway 280 in…

Fishing Angle To Georgia Cicada Invasion?

They’re baaaaack. But unlike Poltergeist, you can have a lot of fun with a cicada hatch. In parts of Georgia right now, it’s more like an invasion than a hatch. Head to your favorite lake and use the emergence of these protein nuggets to catch fish. Often inaccurately called “locusts,” cicadas are fat, noisy bugs…

Sinclair Beast! Record Blue Catfish Weighs Almost 80 Pounds

Just how big are some of the catfish swimming in the waters of Lake Sinclair? We can confirm right at 80 pounds! A new Lake Sinclair record blue catfish was caught this weekend by Guy Covington, of Social Circle, that pulled the certified scales to 79.5 pounds. And Guy released the beast back into Sinclair…

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…


Graysby Grouper Added To Georgia Saltwater Records Program

The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources today announced Justin Bythwood, 40, of Waycross, has set a new state record for saltwater fishing. Bythwood landed a 2-lb., 2.24-oz. graysby grouper (Cephalopholis cruentata) while fishing near Navy Tower R5 on May 12, 2024. This catch marks the first-ever entry of a graysby…

CRD, Georgia Power Partner For Oyster Reef Restoration

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently continued its commitment to restoring oyster reefs in the North Newport River in Liberty County. As part of an ongoing initiative, DNR’s Coastal Resources Division (CRD) on May 6-7 deployed 200 innovative oyster tables along the riverbank to facilitate the recruitment and growth of new oysters. Since…

Hadden Sets Clarks Hill Spotted Bass Record

What began as a slow day on Clarks Hill Lake for Tanner Hadden and his guide party turned exciting and memorable with one key bite. Tanner decided to find some keeper spotted bass in deep brush for his clients to catch. When Tanner cast a 3/16-oz. Greenfish Cleanup shaky head jig threaded with a green…


Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Announces Sponsorship With GON’s Outdoor Blast

Dallas Safari Club is proud to announce that it will be the Presenting Sponsor of the 2024 GON Outdoor Blast July 26-28 at the LakePoint Sports Champions Center in Emerson. DSC and DSC Foundation CEO, Corey Mason said, “We are excited to be a part of the GON Outdoor Blast and helping connect sportsmen and…

The author with a turkey taken late season in Georgia.

5 Late Season Turkey Hunting Tips

Late-season turkey hunting can be challenging but also highly rewarding for those willing to adapt their tactics. This comprehensive guide will cover essential tips and strategies for filling your turkey tag in those final days of the season, including understanding turkey behavior, scouting, using decoys, calling techniques and the most important detail—patience! 1. Understand Late-Season…

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…


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May 2024 Issue of GON Magazine

In this issue:

WMA Coyote Hunting Season

Altamaha River Bass

2 Super Rare Turkeys Killed

Coyote Cull Contest - $2500 In Prizes

Sinclair Catfish From The Dock

Fiction Part 3: Thunder At Prayer Rock

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