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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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Just Do Good

The Hippocratic Oath all medical doctors must take and are supposed to abide by says, “First, do no harm.” A motto that GON Editor Brad Gill and I subscribe to here in making this magazine and all that goes with it is “Just do good.” Simple enough concept, really easy to say. But it’s not…

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Relax… Angst Can Kill The Joy Of Deer Hunting

Ever lived in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association? Thank goodness I don’t. I can’t imagine having someone down the street complaining—maybe even issuing me a fine—because my truck is parked in the yard or because I left my trailer beside the house. Reminds me of a theory. Goes like this… once someone takes on…

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About Killin’ Snakes

As soon as I saw the photo, I knew two things. One, we were going to do a story on it. Two, I knew it would make some folks mad. I never thought it would make a few folks that mad. In 30-plus years of making GON magazines, this is something we come across most…

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August Is A ‘Get-By’ Month, As Best Days Are Coming

It is hard to imagine how close we are. It’s 95 degrees, and the air is so thick I can’t walk from the front door to the truck without needing a change of shirt. Oh, but the best days are coming, and soon. Someone a lot smarter than me once said a key to life…

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Great Moments, Have To Be There

One of the best moments in Atlanta sports history, I happened to experience in person on a sultry July night in 1992 at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. We were watching the Braves try to win their 13th game in row. This was the season after the Braves went from perennially last to first in…

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Change Is Difficult, But Inevitable

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Most of us have heard that saying. Well, I’m not buying it anymore. The phrase is credited to a 19th century French writer, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Most bios on Karr mention his love for fishing, so we will give him credit for that. But that…

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What’s A Dead Coyote Worth?

What’s a dead coyote worth? Depends on who you ask, and how you define worth. In GON’s Coyote Cull, a dead yote could win you a rifle, $500 cash or a $210 trapping package. We love dreaming up ways to give y’all stuff, but the purpose of the Coyote Cull is to keep coyotes on…

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The GON Community Voice

We’ve had some interesting comments of late. The annual Rate Your Deer Season and VOTES survey always encourages the GON community to let each other know how we’re feeling about important issues. Again this year, many took us up on that. One email in particular stood out, and not in a good way. It was…

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