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Coyote Cull: July 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 June 2024 issue of GON. We’ll…

2024-2025 Quick Guide To Georgia Hunting Season Dates

Don’t let the heat and humidity lull you into thinking hunting seasons are not right around the corner—we’re only six weeks from the start of squirrel season in Georgia! Here is a quick reference to the 2024-2025 Georgia hunting seasons. Most Georgia counties are either-sex for deer—meaning antlerless deer can be taken—during the entire deer…

The Georgia Deer Management Assistance Program

    It’s no secret that just about every deer hunter wants to shoot big bucks. With the exception of obtaining free-range meat and perhaps the challenge of the pursuit, it’s a top reason many of us hunters wake up so early just to sit 20 feet up in the cold, dark woods instead of…

Gator Attack On Ossabaw Island

On Wednesday, June 15, 1994, Wildlife Resources Division Biologist Steve Kyles was on Ossabaw Island to give a talk about alligators to a group of Boy Scouts. At about 11:15 a.m., Steve and a group of 10 or 12 scouts and several ladies were at a gator hole at the edge of one of the…

Free 2024 Dove Field Listing In GON

GON will publish our annual Pay Dove Shoots list in the August issue. If you host a shoot, email the following info to [email protected] by July 15. For County, just tell us which county your field(s) is in. Under Shoot Date(s), include all the pay shoots you plan to host. We understand not every field…


Suwannee River Stumpknocker Just Misses State Record

On June 22, 15-year-old Kaden Forsythe, of Homerville, reeled in the spotted sunfish of a lifetime while fishing the Suwannee River near the tiny town of Fargo. The day started out like any other fishing trip, and the 10th grader admits that setting a record was the last thing on his mind. “I was fishing…

Lady Angler Hooks Fourth River Record

Most people are lucky to have one fishing record on GON‘s Lake & River Records, but Rachel Harrison is truly blessed because she recently claimed her fourth. Born in New York but currently living in Calhoun, Ga., Rachel just set a new record for white bass on the Coosa River. Starting fishing at only six…

Young Angler Sets Three Withlacoochee River Benchmarks In One Day

On Friday, June 21, Colt James, of Waycross, managed to set three benchmark records on the Withlacoochee River near Valdosta. An impressive feat for any angler, at only 11 years old it made the accomplishment that much better. “I’ve been wanting to catch a river record for a few years now, and I can’t believe…

Okefenokee Swamp Bluegill Sets Benchmark

On June 15, Josh Forsythe, of Homerville, managed to catch a big bluegill in the Okefenokee Swamp that has now been certified as the official GON Lake and River record for the area. Like many other record fish that are caught, failure turned to fortune on the trip. “I was fishing with Craig James, and…

12 Ounce Stumpknocker Sets Georgia State Record

Size is relative, and when it comes to a southeast Georgia river fish, 12 ounces was just enough to set a new bar as the biggest ever recorded from state waters. Jamie Boyett, of Portal, went redbreast fishing on June 15, 2024, with his 8-year-old son, Brannen, on the Ogeechee River, and turns out a…


Hunting Permits Now Available For Corps Property At Lake Eufaula

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Walter F. George Lake announced that 2024 and 2025 season hunting permits are now available online at for $20. Applicants can access the permit website at Permits are required for all hunters 16 and older, and they must create an account on Each account is…

2024 Gun-An-Hour Giveway Lineup Announced

A chance at a free gun every hour with no raffle entry fees, that’s a pretty nice bonus for just walking in the door to GON’s big outdoor weekend! The Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast, presented by Dallas Safari Club (DSC), returns again in 2024 to the more than 120,000 square feet inside the LakePoint Champions Center….

Good Year For Georgia Bald Eagle Nesting

Chalk up another solid season for bald eagles nesting in Georgia. Annual surveys by the state Department of Natural Resources rated nest success for the national bird above average in most areas checked, according to survey leader Dr. Bob Sargent. “The findings were even better than last year’s good results,” Sargent said. “That’s most encouraging…


New Fishing Products Showcased At ICAST

This week Capt. Bert Deener is at ICAST, the trade show for the fishing tackle industry. The event is held annually in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County Convention Center, and companies from around the globe fill the gigantic venue with their wares. Store buyers, media and professional anglers are privy to the event, and…

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…


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July 2024 Issue of GON Magazine

In this issue:

Okeefenokee Swamp Panfish

Small Lake Profile: Rock Eagle Lake

Best Bucks Ever, Ranked WMAs

4-H Shooting Sports State Results

10 GPS Locations For Lake Hartwell

Deep Dive Into Georgia DMAP

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