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Lincoln County

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Montgomery County

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Coweta County


The Darden Dove Shoot, Like Christmas On Labor Day

Opening day of dove season has come and gone again. It was a good opening day at the annual shoot held each year at Darden’s Farm south of Washington, Ga. in Taliaferro County. Some things this year were the same, some things were different, as they always are. Some things could not have been better,…

Missing The Point

“Only 23 days until bow season. I am literally counting down the days. Maybe this year I will get my first Pope and Young buck.”  The year was 2000. This was the beginning of my first journal entry for my tenth-grade English assignment. My mind was on deer hunting as I daydreamed of shooting a…

Harris County 14-Pointer Wasn’t Hunter’s Opening-Day Target Buck

Clay Johnson is thankful that his deer hunting buddies are there when he needs them, but he sure was glad that they were a little slow in answering his text last Saturday. Clay, of Dallas, was hunting a Harris County farm that belongs to friends on Saturday when he suspected that the buck he was…

Boy’s First Gator Hunt Packed With Lake Seminole Action

By Scott Barwick  The rush of a 7-foot alligator on the end of your fishing line can be intense, but imagine being a 12-year-old boy on the other side of that fight.  Finally, after six years of being declined for a Georgia gator tag, I was granted the opportunity to harvest one. My friend Byron…

13-5 Gator On Seminole Answers A Prayer

Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Mark Quirk and his brother Charles had done all the right things in preparation for their alligator hunt on Lake Seminole, but their bad luck was reaching the almost-ready-to-give-up stage. That’s when they learned that prayer trumps Murphy’s Law. Last year Charles assisted…


Chatham County Fishing Derby Draws 80 Kids

By Bryce Davidson The Alee Angler Kids Fishing Derby in Savannah at Lake Mayer was a huge success! We had about 80 kids come out and fish with their families on Saturday morning, Sept. 10. The weather showed sunshine and no clouds. We opened registration at 9 a.m. and had people already lined up ready…

Fishing Holes Of Long Ago

I was young when I figured out a certain fishing technique. No one taught me this one, and I would not be surprised if there are numerous other methods that trump mine. However, I figured out how to put white bass in my boat. The white bass is a fish I feel is often overlooked….

New Oconee River Blue Catfish Record Spools Angler On Light Tackle

Brandon Watts and his family went to the Oconee River on July 9 with plans to catch a few small catfish that could feed the family. They only caught one fish, but it was big enough to not only feed his family, but many of his neighbors, too. The blue catfish caught on the stretch…

Another Etowah River Record Catfish Caught, Certified And Released

On Aug. 4, 2022, Greg Mitchell and Reggie Terhune, both from Rome, decided to to hit the Etowah River and fish a few of their favorite fishing holes. Striped bass was their target fish, but Greg said their main goal was to enjoy an afternoon fishing and relive past adventures they each have had on…

Tennessee Team Takes Lead In Bassmaster High School National Championship On Lake Hartwell

  ANDERSON, S.C. — Ty Trentham and Chase McCarter recovered from a slow start to catch 17-lbs., 15-ozs. to take the lead on Day 1 of the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors on Lake Hartwell. The Sevier County High School juniors hold a 2-oz. lead on Livingston…


2022-2023 Georgia Youth Big-Buck Contest

GON just hosted the 2022 Youth Big-Buck Contest Shoot-Out on July 29 during the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast (see the results). We watched another young hunter compete and win a BB gun shooting contest to earn a $3,000 shopping spree at Adventure Outdoors and a weekend hunt at Woods-N-Water Outfitters.  Thanks to our great sponsors, another…

Georgia Proposes Lower Redfish Limits

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on a proposed regulatory change to reduce the daily recreational harvest limit for red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) and establish a vessel limit. Red drum are also commonly known as redfish and spottail bass. DNR’s Coastal Resources Division (CRD) on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, recommended the…

Outdoor Blast 2023 Date Set

The smoke is still settling on what was a smoldering-hot Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast last month at LakePoint Sports in Emerson. Hosted by the small staff that has been producing this monthly GON magazine since 1987, I say it without bragging, but we’ve been around long enough to learn what hunters want—and don’t want—at a…


Buck Feeds On Corn Under The Water

Jeffrey Autrey and his associates leased a new patch of hunting land along the Altamaha River in Tattnall County this year and put out some game cameras to electronically scout the area. Jeffrey found a good deer but one acting in a peculiar way. Before setting up the cameras, Jeffrey, an electrician from Collins, spread…

2022 Truck-Buck Shoot-Out Results

Each time a Truck-Buck winner drives out of the Shoot-Out Arena in a brand new pick-up truck it is special. This year’s drive was more than a quarter century in the making. Twenty-seven years to be exact. Wendell Duncan’s road to winning it all began way back at the beginning of the 1994 Georgia deer…

Crappie Record Established For Chattahoochee River Below Buford Dam

That beautiful stretch of the Chattahoochee River in the north Atlanta suburbs below the Lake Lanier tailrace is best known for fantastic trout fishing, including for naturally producing brown trout that can grow to huge sizes. There is also good fishing for other species, especially in the lower end of this stretch of river in…


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What To Expect If CWD Hits Georgia

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Bow Season Scouting Reports

Georgia’s Best Bow-Bucks

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Lake Eufaula September Bass Mapped

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