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Dissect Any Farm Pond For Great Bass Fishing

From tempting spotted bass with topwater plugs on Allatoona and Lanier to chasing linesides on Oconee and Clarks Hill, I love about any type of fishing. But if I could choose my perfect day on the water, just show me a farm pond that’s home to a few bass, put me in a low-sided jonboat,…

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Georgia’s Turkey Situation

The story of wild turkeys in Georgia has all the elements of a novel. Like all good plots, our wild turkey story includes the obligatory tragedy, a fall. Dark days. While some hunters would say it’s getting too dark for comfort in their turkey woods right now, the true dark days were during the last…

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Turning Of A Page

I’ve written a few of these over the years. It’s always an honor, but I’m not real fond of writing this column, not this month.  GON magazine has been publishing for 32 years now, and we can count on one hand the number of times Steve Burch didn’t fill this space in the magazine with…

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Fix The College Football Playoff… An SEC Championship Hangover

I bleed black with my red. You can hate my love for UGA, no worries. Good ol’ fashioned hate, I get it. I’m super proud of those college kids who fought so hard, and grateful that we have a football team that’s been championship relevant for two straight seasons. Saying they have been relevant is…

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Hunting And Fishing Remembrances

There are still some childhood memories so vivid, so clear, that even the tastes and smells come back. That’s rather amazing—given that I’m closer to 60 than 30 and I’m still having these childhood memories. That I can remember where I left the truck keys, much less childhood memories, is a small victory most days.…

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The Link Between Veterans And Sportsmen

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month… only one American holiday recognizes a specific moment in time. That holiday recognizes the specific moment when the papers ending World War I were signed. Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday was expanded after World War II to include all veterans, and then the…

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Mourning The Passing Of Michael Christopher Rhodes

Today I have to share with you the worst news I think any of us ever hear. Some of you have heard this news, many of you likely have not. Things have not been business as usual the past month. It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you of the passing of…

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Hunting Is Honorable And Glorious

I saw a buddy of mine over the holidays. Good guy, lives in Atlanta, works as an architect, doesn’t hunt. “How was your harvest?” he asked. “Pretty dang good — 42 bushels an acre.” “No, your deer harvest.” “Oh. I killed two, but we’ve eaten one of ’em up already. Freezer’s pretty empty. By the…

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HSUS Is Anti-Hunting, And Not Your Local Animal Shelter

Back in the 1950s, the American Humane Society was responsible for setting up animal shelters across the country, a needed and valuable venture that dealt with stray dogs and cats. Apparently some folks wanted the organization to get more involved in animal-rights’ issues. A split occurred, and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)…

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Anti-Hunting Messages In Our Schools

Quick quiz… what’s more frightening for the future of hunting and wildlife conservation? Is it that hunter numbers are falling in Georgia, and that the percentage of hunters under 34 years old gets smaller and smaller each year? Or, is it that animal-rights groups like PETA and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) are…

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