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Coyote Cull: July 2024 Entries

The 2024 GON Coyote Cull is off and rolling as hunters and trappers step up to the plate to kill song dogs in an effort to save fawns and turkey poults. Listed below are all the entries of those who have found success and taken a photo with their June 2024 issue of GON. We’ll…

2024-2025 Quick Guide To Georgia Hunting Season Dates

Don’t let the heat and humidity lull you into thinking hunting seasons are not right around the corner—we’re only six weeks from the start of squirrel season in Georgia! Here is a quick reference to the 2024-2025 Georgia hunting seasons. Most Georgia counties are either-sex for deer—meaning antlerless deer can be taken—during the entire deer…

Charlton County’s Chesser Island

It lies, does the old homestead, on an island of its own. A century old now but even at that little changed, it is surrounded by the vastness of the Okefenokee Swamp. The alligators know the place well, as do the bears, the hogs, the deer. But not as well as Joe Chesser. Looking back…

Lake Eufaula Summer Panfish Special

Although Lake Eufaula is known as “The Bass Capitol of the World,” a smorgasbord of panfish await your hook there in July. You might struggle to catch a limit of bass in the heat of the summer, but anglers can fill a cooler with tasty panfish like bluegill, shellcracker and crappie this month. With 46,000…

The Georgia Deer Management Assistance Program

    It’s no secret that just about every deer hunter wants to shoot big bucks. With the exception of obtaining free-range meat and perhaps the challenge of the pursuit, it’s a top reason many of us hunters wake up so early just to sit 20 feet up in the cold, dark woods instead of…

Hunting Golden Chanterelles

My boys’ faces lit up with joy and excitement. “Daddy, we hit the jackpot!” Not too many things in this life rank even close to seeing such joy in the eyes of your child. It was one of those days, one of those days every Georgia outdoorsman knows all too well. The sun was scorching…

Gator Attack On Ossabaw Island

On Wednesday, June 15, 1994, Wildlife Resources Division Biologist Steve Kyles was on Ossabaw Island to give a talk about alligators to a group of Boy Scouts. At about 11:15 a.m., Steve and a group of 10 or 12 scouts and several ladies were at a gator hole at the edge of one of the…

Free 2024 Dove Field Listing In GON

GON will publish our annual Pay Dove Shoots list in the August issue. If you host a shoot, email the following info to [email protected] by July 15. For County, just tell us which county your field(s) is in. Under Shoot Date(s), include all the pay shoots you plan to host. We understand not every field…

How The 2023-24 Weeks Were Won, Part II

Another group of Georgia deer hunters will soon take the stage at the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast on July 28 to compete in the 35th annual Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. The second-best shot will win a Firminator G-3 food-plot implement by Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment, and the man, woman or youngster who makes that last shot will win…

Gobbler With 16-Inch Beard Would Be County Record

Although Georgia’s turkey season ended more than two weeks ago, it’s still newsworthy when we talk to a guy who killed a gobbler with a 16-inch beard. Milledgeville’s Bobby Day was just about to put an end to his frustration and give up on his morning turkey hunt. The hunting club where he hunts in…

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