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Daryl Kirby's GON Blog

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Imagine

What’s the best song ever written? For the folks sitting around your campfire this weekend, a song from Haggard, Hank Jr. or David Allan Coe might come to mind. Who knows why, but this morning I got on the internet and searched ‘Best Song Of All Time.’ Don’t do it, you might be disappointed. One…

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State Mourns Passing Of DNR Captain Stan Elrod

I don’t recall exactly how or when I first met Stan Elrod, suffice to say it was in the mid to late 1990s when I was a young editor at GON and Stan was an even younger DNR game warden. I do clearly remember the morning in February 2007 when Stan called and asked if…

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Blast Update, Politics And Keeping History

Outdoor Blast Update The 2020 GON Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast was officially canceled a few weeks ago. This was a painful decision, but with all the restrictions in place and uncertainty from week to week, it was not a tough call. No choice, really. Time to put a fork in 2020 and get ready for 2021,…

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Editorial-Opinion August 2020

I can’t watch the news anymore. Every story is maddening on some level, whether it’s simply what is being shown—how people are behaving—or it’s how the ‘reporter’ spins the story. Both drive up the blood pressure. Very frustrating times. You know what’s also maddening and frustrating? This stinking virus. Do the kids go to school,…

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Law Enforcement In Atlanta

Pretty scary when you turn on the news and see people running in and out of the smashed windows and doors of Lenox Mall and setting fire to your favorite Italian restaurant. The next evening the scene at Lenox was dozens of DNR Law Enforcement trucks, each with a 4-wheeler in the bed, parked in…

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Pandemics, Governors, And Online Deer Records

The past two months were interesting. A tip of the cap to GON’s staff—there’s just seven of them—who did what was asked and needed. Like lots of small businesses, we knew it would take extraordinary effort during an extraordinary time, and it is because of them you are reading the June 2020 issue of Georgia…

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Dealing With The Virus… Works Best From Bottom Up

It still feels like we’re waiting on the alarm to go off to end a nightmare. Or, depending on your perspective, maybe parts of this have been more like a dream. This virus is deadly serious, potentially from a health standpoint and for certain economically. But maybe for some folks this warped reality the past…

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The Quiet Stillness, Or Adrenaline Rush… What Fuels Your Outdoor Passion?

We lived on a neighborhood lake when I was a teen. Most every evening I slid a jonboat into the water and sculled around by myself, slinging a popping bug on a junky old fly rod, sidearm redneck style, as the sun sank below the treeline. It was cathartic, my mediation. Those evenings on the…

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Sportsmen Just A Better Grade Of Good

“Hey I want to talk to you about maybe lining up a fishing day on the farm for kids or under privileged folks.” Just a random text that came in the other day from out of the blue. Do sportsmen care more, or are people who hunt and fish, in general, just a higher grade…

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These Aren’t Georgians, And They Don’t Think Like Us

Imagine if one person had the power to get you kicked off your hunting property. What if one anti-hunting, anti-gun neighbor moved in and had the ear of the right official and succeeded in getting an ordinance passed that banned you from hunting your own property? Just one person who is just good enough at…

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