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Hunting

WMA Turkey Special

Your last chance to apply for WMA general and youth turkey hunts is Feb. 15. The charts on pages 33 and 35 show a list of some of the WMAs that offered turkey hunting during the spring of 2022, along with each WMA’s turkey harvest and hunter numbers. Last year, five WMAs added quota turkey…

Georgia WRD Gets Busy After Deer Season

The long 2022 Georgia deer hunting season is now just a memory. The hunters have retreated to the comfort of their homes for a much-needed break. There will be months before they begin serious preparations for the 2023 deer season. Some might wonder. Once the deer season ends, do WRD biologists, technicians and other personnel…

The Dodgy Hares Of Woods-N-Water

Smack-dab in the middle of more than 5,500 game-rich middle Georgia acres; beagles squalling and roaring fit to blow needles off the pines; a perfectly frosty, sunny morning; perched squarely in the path of the already half-hour race—and leave it to Blaine Burley to come up with a kamikaze attack rabbit! Monday, Jan. 16, was…

Deer Season Ratings & VOTES Survey Results 2022

In the 20-plus years that GON has been asking readers to rate their deer seasons, the 2022-23 hunting season survey resulted in the highest percentage of hunters giving their season ranking as “Excellent,” the top choice in the survey. Of the 1,292 readers who either filled out a Rate Your Season cover ballot, sent an…

GTA Youth Trapping Competition Puts 28 Kids On The Line

Whether they know it or not, there are kids spread out all over the state who want to run a trap line. God ingrained that desire into the fibers of their body. Again, they may not know it, but it’s there. Our job is simply to present them with the opportunity to allow those fibers…

WRD Kicks Off Public Meetings With Deer Season Dates, Bears and Gators

Hunter turnout was light for the WRD Game Management public meeting that took place last night in Milledgeville. Tina Johannsen, assistant chief of Game Management, led the meeting, where seven hunters, in addition to a handful of WRD biologists and DNR Law Enforcement folks, attended to hear about proposed regulation changes for the next two…

New State-Record Crossbow Buck Nets 173 Typical Inches

When a suburban buck takes on legendary status, hunters from miles around spend every waking hour trying to figure out a way to get permission from landowners to hunt him. You must admit that Levi Sullens’ approach to get permission was unique. He got his foot in the door by not offering cash, but chicken…

150-Inch Southeast Georgia Bow-Buck For The Record Books

On Oct. 5, 2022, Nathan Baldree, of Manor, spent the day bowhunting with his son Trevor in Brantley County. Little did he know, less than 24 hours later he would kill a south Georgia buck of a lifetime. “I was happy to get to be hunting with my son. The property we were on is…

Wide-Ranging Hancock County 27-Point Buck Grosses Over 200

Georgia hunting buddies Matt Black and Scott Smith travel across the country each year chasing big white-tailed bucks. Their other hunting buddy, Mike Smith, is always invited, but he refuses to tag along. “Matt and Scott go to different states hunting big bucks,” Mike Smith said. “They always invite me. I tell them I can’t…

WMA Hogs To Hunt In January & February

The long 2022-2023 Georgia deer season has nearly come to an end. For a legion of dedicated hunters, a season just as important is just beginning. The colder portion of small-game season is underway on most of the state’s WMAs, but for these hunters, they are chasing something much larger than squirrels. Hogs may be…

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