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Hunting

Uphill Battle Continues On Bobwhite Quail

Now that the white-tailed deer season has ended, hunters will likely turn their attention once again to small game like rabbits, squirrels and the bobwhite quail, although quail hunting is nothing like it once was. When fence rows from small farms and family gardens crisscrossed Alabama and the Southeast, the bobwhite flourished. Since large-scale farming…

Gwinnett Velvet Giant Is No. 2 Typical Georgia Bow Buck Of All-Time

Georgia has a new No. 2 best-ever typical bow-kill buck. The giant Gwinnett County 10-pointer grossed 182 inches and netted 174 3/8 inches and was recently scored by official measurer Bobby Bond in Fort Valley. When looking at overall Georgia bow bucks, both typical and non-typical, Grant Bailey’s buck is No. 6 on that list.…

Rate Your Deer Season Survey 2023-2024

Georgia’s deer season rating sees yet another uptick from hunters rating their seasons at “Excellent.” While the percentage of happier hunters rises less than 1 percent, it does bring the season total of those rating their seasons as Excellent to 25.7%. This is an all-time record since GON began conducting the survey more than two…

Finding Memories

The drift of smoke from a chimney somewhere distant instantly grabbed my attention and caused my mind to rewind to years a long time ago. It reminded me of my boyhood as I walked this very logging road I was now on, but I was a kid then, likely still shy of my teens, and…

Woods-N-Water’s Trophy Boars

It’s dark now. DARK dark. Like a bear down a well. Without a flashlight. The sun went down hours ago on this second January Tuesday. Turbid clouds are rolling ominously overhead, fleeing a tornado-spawning system headed my way. The wind moans and, at times, howls. Limbs click, clatter and thump to the ground. The ground…

2023-2024 Quick Guide To Georgia Hunting Season Dates

Here is a quick reference to the 2023-2024 Georgia hunting seasons. There are rather significant changes for Georgia deer hunters with the upcoming 2023-2024 season, particularly when it comes to either-sex days. As always, make sure to check the regulations before you pull the trigger on an antlerless deer. While most of the state is…

Upside Down Weirdness From The Taylor County Deer Woods

Jeff Phillips, of Cumming,  had a weird occurrence happen to him on his 350-acre hunting club in Taylor County during the 2013-14 hunting season. “It was in November, and I was down for a rut hunt,” said Jeff. “That morning I killed an 8-point that we had 100 pictures of, and I got him to…

GTA Youth Field Trials Host A Record 43 Kids Over Christmas Break

The Georgia Trappers Association (GTA) hosted their ninth-annual Youth Field Trials event Dec. 30 to Jan. 1. This year’s gathering hosted a record 43 kids between the ages of seven and mid-teen. Kids and their parents were paired up with experienced trappers and spent two days on private properties learning to trap. Trap lines were…

Turkey Shotgun Patterning Data

I missed the first turkey I ever shot at. It was 1995, and it would be another eight years before I killed my first one. Turkeys are merciless teachers. I’d come home and complain to my wife and tell her I was quitting and was going to sell my gun. She’d just laugh and ask…

Trapping With A State Champion

As I watched Annabel Wilson walk up and down a woods road that led into a Jefferson County cut corn field, I knew exactly where I would put a dirt-hole set. “That little tuft of grass right there,” I whispered to Mike Wilson, Annabel’s dad. A minute later, the confident 20-year-old wildlife student at Abraham…

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