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Deer Season Ratings & VOTES Survey Results 2022

In the 20-plus years that GON has been asking readers to rate their deer seasons, the 2022-23 hunting season survey resulted in the highest percentage of hunters giving their season ranking as “Excellent,” the top choice in the survey. Of the 1,292 readers who either filled out a Rate Your Season cover ballot, sent an…

GTA Youth Trapping Competition Puts 28 Kids On The Line

Whether they know it or not, there are kids spread out all over the state who want to run a trap line. God ingrained that desire into the fibers of their body. Again, they may not know it, but it’s there. Our job is simply to present them with the opportunity to allow those fibers…

WRD Kicks Off Public Meetings With Deer Season Dates, Bears and Gators

Hunter turnout was light for the WRD Game Management public meeting that took place last night in Milledgeville. Tina Johannsen, assistant chief of Game Management, led the meeting, where seven hunters, in addition to a handful of WRD biologists and DNR Law Enforcement folks, attended to hear about proposed regulation changes for the next two…

New State-Record Crossbow Buck Nets 173 Typical Inches

When a suburban buck takes on legendary status, hunters from miles around spend every waking hour trying to figure out a way to get permission from landowners to hunt him. You must admit that Levi Sullens’ approach to get permission was unique. He got his foot in the door by not offering cash, but chicken…

150-Inch Southeast Georgia Bow-Buck For The Record Books

On Oct. 5, 2022, Nathan Baldree, of Manor, spent the day bowhunting with his son Trevor in Brantley County. Little did he know, less than 24 hours later he would kill a south Georgia buck of a lifetime. “I was happy to get to be hunting with my son. The property we were on is…


44 New Fish Added To GON’s Record List

Since last February’s printing of GON’s Georgia Lake and River Records list, we’ve added 44 fish, up from the 33 fish we added in February 2022 and 31 fish that were added in February 2021. GON’s exclusive list is always available at You never need to wonder if you have a possible record fish…

Prepare For Prespawn Bass Fishing Season

It’s almost here. Spring is right around the corner. Warmer weather beckons from just a little ways out now, and cabin fever will be cured soon, for several months at least. We’re fortunate here in the South to only be dealt a mild, though still unbearable winter. I have no clue how our northern brethren…

Ohoopee River Chain Pickerel Record Broken, And Fried…

When you catch a record fish, it’s always good to have credible witnesses. Scott Drennon, who recently caught the largest chain pickerel ever recorded from the Ohoopee River, did so in front of a good one. “I was bass fishing with Treutlen County Sheriff Thomas Corbin,” Scott said. “I was throwing a plastic worm when…

Banks Lake Gets Right For January Fishing

I have driven by this body of water numerous times and admired its unique beauty from Highway 122, but I was unprepared for the amazing view from the water. Banks Lake is a 4,049-acre National Wildlife Refuge in Lanier County outside of Lakeland, and it is loaded with fish and wildlife. The place is full…

Lake Rabun Perch Record Broken By 73-Year-Old Retiree

Jeff Smith is not one of those people who moved to Georgia and talks about how much better things were where he came from. The Cleveland, Ga. resident can’t brag enough about the state where he moved to four years ago. Now, he has something else to brag about. Jeff’s 1.88-lb. yellow perch caught on…


Ground-Breaking Biologist Kent Kammermeyer Has Passed Away

Kent Kammermeyer, a wildlife biologist who was instrumental in leading Georgia into the modern age of deer management in the 1980s and 90s, has died at the age of 73. Kent, of Clermont, passed away on Jan. 13, 2023. After earning a graduate degree at the University of Georgia, Kent was a valuable member of…

Ring Trafficking Deadly Snakes Busted

On Jan. 12, 2023, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division (DNR LED) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) filed charges against eight individuals for the illegal trafficking of venomous and prohibited exotic snakes. The DNR LED has been receiving intelligence reports and complaints indicating that a black market existed for…

We’ve Lost Okefenokee Joe

In April 2022, I had a booth selling books at the Blue Ridge Trout Festival in Blue Ridge. The popular one-day event had been put off for a couple of years because of Covid, and I was excited to see it return. Lo and behold, while I was setting up my booth, a man in…


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…

9-Year-Old Charlie Drops “Droopy”

My 9-year-old son Charlie has had some very good luck hunting so far. He was able to tag out on bucks last year. Those were his first two deer ever. This year he had an ancient buck that he wanted to kill. The buck didn’t have the best rack, and I told Charlie after he…

Hiking Grinnell Glacier Trail At Glacier National Park

  It was moving day at Glacier National Park and I’d just claimed my first-come, first-served campsite at Many Glacier campground just outside of Babb, Montana. It’s a challenging morning when you are at GNP trying to get a campsite. I’ll get to my hike in a minute, but this is part of the story….


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February 2023 Issue of GON Magazine

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Prepare For Prespawn Bass

Best WMAs For Turkeys

Thumping Timber For West Point Crappie

State Record Crossbow Buck

Rate Your Deer Season Results

Clarks Hill Bass Mapped

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