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The Story Of A Buck Named Mack

By Zach Bradley Heard County was known as one of the best spots in the state of Georgia to harvest a trophy white-tail buck in the late 80s and early 90s. Over the years, the development of many hunting clubs and the cutting of hardwood timber that now has been replanted under pine timber companies…

Crossbow Bucks Now Being Recognized By National Organization

If you are a crossbow hunter, Paul Burnside understands your pain. Your chances of ever taking a Boone & Crockett Record book buck are very slim. In fact, Georgia only has one registered B&C crossbow deer ever killed, the 173-inch Hall County buck killed by Levi Sullens during the 2022 season. Your chances of making…

Stephens County Gets New No. 1 Buck

Good things come to those who wait. That popular phrase from an old poem is centuries old, so it obviously isn’t about Toccoa’s Terry Dooley. But it sure could be because, boy, was he forced to wait. “I think I first got this buck on camera in 2016,” Terry said of his biggest buck ever…

Dog-Proof Traps Make Raccoon Trapping Simple

I like simple.  When dog-proof traps for raccoons hit the market not too many years ago, I remember thinking I was going to need a few dozen of those things in my trapping bag. I’ve played with these traps for a few years now, and for me, they are by far the most effective way…

The Broad Perspective Of Turkey Hunting

“Turkey hunting? You have lost your mind!” I remember saying. That was the response I gave to my longtime friend Cal Marsh over three decades ago when he suggested we go turkey hunting. He had been a few times before he made that suggestion, but I had never hunted anything in the spring woods, except…


Pinfish Sets New Georgia State Record

A Richmond Hill angler has set a new state saltwater game fish record for pinfish, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today. Spencer N. Schutte, 28, caught a pinfish (Lagodon rhombiodes) weighing 2-lbs., 3.2-ozs. and measuring 14 1/2 inches total length. The angler was fishing in Kilkenny Creek in Bryan County on March…

Two Records Established For Altamaha River Fish

With “Benchmark” minimum weights established two years ago, Georgia Lake & River Records continue to add new listings. Two new benchmark record fish have been certified and established for the Altamaha River, and one of them is for a species not often caught in the lower Altamaha near Jesup.  “After a really rough week at…

Andrews Lake Flathead Catfish Goes 44 Pounds, Sets New Record

Nicholas Leeson has a new good-luck charm he will be keeping in his back pocket—or at least in the back of the boat—when he fishes the remaining seven catfish tournaments with the M&J Catfish War  crew. It was in this tournament trail’s latest event, held on Andrews Lake on the Chattahoochee River, when he boated…

Crankbaits For Prespawn Bass

Fishing a crankbait during the prespawn is one of the best ways to catch quality bass. Bass are gradually pushing shallower and shallower as the water temps start to creep up. And the creek channels and 45-degree banks that the bass use for highways set up perfectly for fishing a crankbait. Typically littered with docks,…

Two PBs Earns BFL Victory On Lanier

Justin Nalley, of Hampton, caught a five-bass limit weighing 22-lbs., 8-ozs. on Feb. 18 to win the MLF Phoenix BFL on Lake Lanier. The tournament was the first event of the 2023 season for the BFL Bulldog Division. Justin earned $5,970 for his victory. Justin’s win came in his first BFL event fished as a…


Etowah Wildlife Expo Set For March 25-26

The second annual Etowah Wildlife Expo outdoor event is set for March 25 and 26 at The Mill on Etowah in downtown Canton.  The two-day event will feature more than 100 vendors, a falconry show, bass fishing demonstrations, a reptile show and dock diving dogs. Other highlights include a 3D archery range, retriever exhibition and…

Heroes Hosted For Hunt

Sawblade Outfitters in middle Georgia recently hosted some of our military heroes from the Warrior Bonfire Program on a hunt. A letter from one of the participants explains how important and impactful these efforts can be: “My name is Jeremy Rawls, with the Warrior Bonfire Program. I served 11 years, four active in the Marine…

Legislative Update: Does DNR Need A Director Of Outdoor Recreation?

During what for hunters and fishermen has been a relatively uneventful session of the Georgia Legislature, along comes a proposed law that would create a new director-level position within DNR for someone with the power and duty to increase outdoor recreation in the state. House Bill 314 would establish the position of Director of Outdoor…


70 Pound Flathead On 6-lb. Test Sets New Clarks Hill Record

Michael Dollar, of Raysville, said that flathead catfish in the 70-lb. variety in Clarks Hill aren’t necessarily rare, but catching one on a rod and reel isn’t something you hear much about. Taking that one step further, boating one after an hour-long fight using an ultralight crappie fishing setup using just 6-lb. line may have…

Bass Fishing Shepherd Lake At Marben PFA

Lots of different styles of fishing are appealing, but for me, bass fishing a small lake in the early spring is hard to beat. Small lakes, in general, are my favorite, so don’t be surprised to see me biting the bullet and writing quite a few small lake profiles in upcoming issues of GON. Throw…

The Story Of Hank… And Hank Jr.

My wife, Taylor, killed her first buck in 2013 soon after our first son Charlie was born. Last year in December she was able to take an awesome buck that we had named “Ghost,” but that is a different story. This story is about a buck named “Hank.” The story of Hank begins with only…


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March 2023 Issue of GON Magazine

In this issue:

Crankbaits For Stacked Up Prespawn Bass

2023 Georgia Turkey Special

Finesee Bassin' From Start To Finish

Hunting Keeps 96-Year-Old Going

Chattahoochee Tailrace Fishing

Native Mountain Turkeys

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