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June 2024 Issue



Gobbler With 16-Inch Beard Would Be County Record

Although Georgia’s turkey season ended more than two weeks ago, it’s still newsworthy when we talk to a guy who killed a gobbler with a 16-inch beard. Milledgeville’s Bobby Day was just about to put an end to his frustration and give up on his morning turkey hunt. The hunting club where he hunts in…

Coyote Cull: June 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…

Summertime Wild Hogs With A Bow

It was the Friday of a Memorial Day weekend when I struck out for the Wilkinson County river swamp. With my climbing stand on my back, I slipped into my hunting spot around 8 p.m. and quietly ascended the tree with my safety belt attached. I took my Voo-Doo deer lure out of my fanny…

Ode To Uncle Suggs… A Lifelong Love Of Hunting And Fishing

Did you ever wonder what it was that inspired your love of fishing or hunting or just being outdoors? Was it a parent, a friend, a book, or movie? Maybe you can’t put your finger on one person or thing. For me, the answer is crystal clear, my Uncle Suggs. I will soon celebrate my…

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…


St. Marys Woman Breaks 43-year Jack Crevalle Record

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proud to announce a new women’s state saltwater fish record for jack crevalle (Caranx hippos). Lauren E. Harden, 21, of St. Marys, broke the previous record by landing a 33-lb., 10.72-oz, jack crevalle on May 24, 2024, while fishing on Cumberland Island. The previous record of 30-lbs.,…

Rabun County… Georgia’s Special Corner

Wading downstream to see how Austin Carpenter and Zac Chapman were faring on their home waters of the Chattooga River, camera in hand, I rounded a bend to see Austin fly casting to the far bank of the river with the expertise of someone far beyond his 20-something age would typically command. Just downriver of…

Georgia Saltwater Fishing Great For Kids

Both of my kids love fishing. Each child loves different types of hunting but will sometimes say no to the opportunity to go. That is not true with fishing. My son loves to go fishing of any type. His favorite type of fishing is a toss-up between bass and inshore saltwater fishing. Usually once a…

Running Lake Hartwell Brushpiles And Herring Pattern Earns $100,000

With a three-day total weight of 44-lbs., 1-oz., Mike Corbishley takes the victory at stop No. 2 of the National Professional Fishing League (NPFL) season at Lake Hartwell, hosted by Anderson County, S.C. Corbishley had his toughest day of the week with 12-lbs., 9-ozs., on Day 1, added 17-lbs., 7-ozs. on Day 2, and 14-lbs.,…

Lake Hartwell Bass Fishing Tough: NPFL Day 1 Report

Making a key decision to change his approach first thing this morning, Alabama pro Kyle Welcher takes the Day 1 NPFL lead at Lake Hartwell with 16-lbs., 11-ozs. His effort gives him a 7-oz. cushion over Will Harkins going into Day 2. “I gambled a little bit this morning and decided I was going to…


30-30 Ministries $1K Shoot-Out Back At 2024 Outdoor Blast

The 30-30 Ministries $1K Shoot-Out is back at this year’s Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast. This special shooting competition gives contestants the opportunity to win $1,000 by breaking raw eggs with the same style pellet rifle used in GON’s Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. Anyone at the Outdoor Blast can qualify on Saturday, July 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11…

Georgia Completes Three Significant Offshore Artificial Reef Deployments

The Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently completed three significant additions to Georgia’s offshore artificial reefs. CRD’s Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Unit conducted these deployments to enhance marine habitats and support local biodiversity. All materials were thoroughly cleaned and inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard prior to deployment. On May…

2024 Outdoor Blast Features Hourly Fishing Seminars

There’s so much to see and do at the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast. Visiting hundreds of vendors, seeing all the events and demonstrations, the excitement and anticipation every hour as you listen for your name in the gun drawings—not to mention a belly-full of great food from the new BBQ village—all of this activity might have…


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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June 2024 Issue of GON Magazine

In this issue:

Georgia On Pace For Snakebite Record

Ohoopee River Redbreast

Forward Facing Sonar Is All The Rage

Small Lake Profile: Lake Lucas

10 GPS Locations For Chatuge Bass

Kids In The Salt: Coastal Fishing

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