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GON, Never Forgotten

Take any two-lane highway out of any small town in this great state, and in about 20 minutes you will roll up on another small town. At the stop sign or traffic light, you will probably have to turn right because there’s a town square. I love small towns. If I’m traveling, I will go…

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Complacency Leads To Bad Decisions

This month our opinion column is a bit of a ramble, so apologies up front. If you want to read something about a particular topic—and get some good laughs while you’re at it—go ahead and turn to the next column and read “On The Back Page” by my other brother Daryl. Too late for many…

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Wildlife Managers Changing Gears On Turkey And Deer

Those who drive our wildlife management bus in Georgia are shifting the gears a bit. It’s been a while since I’ve driven a manual transmission, but it wasn’t so long ago that I don’t remember how obvious it was when it was time to shift. If the engine is stalling out or you’re revving the…

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CWD Discovery In Alabama — Dark Clouds, But The Sky Isn’t Falling

Glass half full, or the sky is falling. Are you a pessimist or optimist?  Most of the time, my eyes are wide open to how great we have it in this country, in this state, in my neck of the woods where I live, and in my home.  Lest I be accused of being a…

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The Last Outdoor Magazine

Many hours of my life have been spent devouring the pages of outdoor publications, especially during my childhood. We had boxes of old magazines dating back to the 1950s, 60s, 70s. Those hours were leisurely, but they were certainly not wasted.  The old, tattered magazine pages of Outdoor Life, Field & Stream and Harding’s Fur…

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A Gun Named ‘Meat In The Pot’

My dad died the day after I wrote last month’s column, a rambling piece about outdoor memories I titled First Deer, Last Deer.  We knew his passing was coming, and it seemed to be coming on quick that week. And I’m sure that’s why last month I was so sentimental about outdoor memories and how…

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First Deer, Last Deer

There are memories so clear, so vivid, it’s like I’m right there once again. The outdoors can do that. I think that’s part of the reason why some people get so caught up in hunting and fishing that it becomes a major part of their lives—a primary part.  Someone who has spent time hunting and…

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YouTube Is The Latest Tech Company Hammering Hunting

A crisp, beautiful 50-degree morning, certainly a most welcome greeting to this day. About halfway out the gravel road, a nice buck trotted across the road, head high and proud. My first thought? I hope my neighbor or his son is sitting in a stand down that hardwood draw with bow in hand.  My next…

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Reconnecting At The Outdoor Blast

The internet has been a fascinating experiment, with usefulness we couldn’t imagine 20 years ago. Your clothes dryer stop working? Just type the make and model into an internet search engine, choose between several step-by-step videos that pop up—my go-to is some dude in Ohio—and you can actually become your own Maytag repairman. Trust me,…

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Answer To Crime Surge Certainly Not More Gun Laws

I sat down this morning to write about the pride I feel about this issue of GON. Duncan Dobie’s story about Papa Bland… another gem by a fantastic storyteller who continues to produce an everlasting chronicle of Georgia’s outdoors. There’s Ronnie Garrison, cranking out another Map-of-the-Month article, pure gold, not just because of the info but…

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