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Georgia Squirrel Season Opens Monday, August 15

Looking for a healthy, sustainable source of protein and a good woodland hike? Squirrel hunting season, which opens Aug. 15, can meet those goals, and get everyone excited about fall hunting seasons, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). “Squirrel hunting season is a great introduction to hunting,” said Alan…

Think Ducks, Grow Big Bucks

Rivers Cathey has taken five of the 10 largest bow bucks ever taken in Hart County, including two that qualified for the Pope & Young record buck. All came from the family’s 350-acre farm in Hartwell. You’re probably assuming that the farm has a magnificent wildlife management program, and you’d be right, but it’s not…

WMA Youth Hunt Special

Deadlines are nearing to participate in a WRD youth hunt. First up is an Aug. 15 deadline to put your kid on a dove field. Of the 11 quota dove hunts that were offered for kids last season, eight of them required no priority points for a spot. Go to georgiawildlife.com/hunting/quota to see which hunts…

WMA Dove Fields

Hard to believe we’ve only got about a month to go before men, women, boys and girls will file into prepared dove fields in hopes of collecting a limit of 15 birds for the grill.  Thankfully, WRD does a really nice job of providing a list of places for hunters to shoot. To the right…

Finding Fence Funnels

A fence funnel is a place where a fence is down or cut. Both fence funnels that are mentioned below are where a tree fell on the fence and created an easy place for deer to casually step over.   Fence funnels are great for two reasons: No 1: They are great places to hang…

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Deer Hunting

Think Ducks, Grow Big Bucks

Rivers Cathey has taken five of the 10 largest bow bucks ever taken in Hart County, including two that qualified for the Pope & Young record buck. All came from the family’s 350-acre farm in Hartwell. You’re probably assuming that the farm has a magnificent wildlife management program, and you’d be right, but it’s not…

WMA Special

Once again GON has looked at all the hunt data from public lands and crunched them into easy-to-read tables and charts. In this year’s WMA Special, we have deer hunting stats on 91 pieces of public-land dirt. Top quota and non-quota hunts from last year are listed below. Jump in and do your research as…

WMA Youth Hunt Special

Deadlines are nearing to participate in a WRD youth hunt. First up is an Aug. 15 deadline to put your kid on a dove field. Of the 11 quota dove hunts that were offered for kids last season, eight of them required no priority points for a spot. Go to georgiawildlife.com/hunting/quota to see which hunts…

Turkey Hunting

Young Girl Talks First Turkey & Enchiladas

Written By 7-year-old Audrey Cole I was going hunting and camping at the same time, and I was so excited because I knew I was going to kill a big turkey. So we started unpacking, and it was really chilly, so I just sat in the truck. After that, we went to a Mexican restaurant,…

Georgia Gobbler One In A Million

Donnie Findley recently sent GON a picture we’ve never seen before: a gobbler with side-by-side double beards. Although multi-bearded turkeys are fairly common, the beards have always run down the breast, not across.   “I got the turkey April 22 in Wilkes County,” said Donnie. “I think the beards are rather unique, they are both 11…

Turkey Season 2022 Wraps Up On A Wing and A Prayer

By Rickey Thomas The meaning of “On a Wing and A Prayer” means we set out to succeed, despite not being fully prepared for it. This expression pretty much sums up my 2022 Turkey Season. I started with a quota hunt in the pristine woods of the Gaither WMA. I first visited Gaither in 2020…

Predator Hunting

9th Annual Coyote Cull Winners Announced

The purpose and goal of GON’s Coyote Cull effort is to bring awareness to the impacts of coyotes on fawn and turkey poult survival rates, which have plummeted since non-native, invasive coyotes became established across Georgia. No hindsight ip unit displayed. We always say this isn’t about the number of coyotes entered, but this season…

Coyote Cull: June 2022 Entries

Round 2 of the 2022 GON Coyote Cull has started as hunters and trappers continue stepping 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 2022 issue of GON.…

Wildlife Damage Management And Control Class Offered At UGA

UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources will be hosting a Wildlife Damage Management and Control class in Athens on July 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. They released the below information. Purpose This course will provide an overview of managing and controlling damage caused by wildlife species including feral swine, coyotes, beavers,…

Hog Hunting

Wild Hog Workshops Offered To Public

Wild hogs are a problem! In a multi-agency effort between WRD, UGA, USDA and some others, a series of free Feral Swine Workshops will be offered to the public. However, pre-registration is required to attend any of the six events. Topics include disease issues, biology and economics, water quality issues, control techniques, trapping demonstration, transport…

Wayne County Hog Jam 2022

Six tons of dead hogs make for a pretty impressive pile.  Ugly, too. Wayne County’s 2022 Hog Jam saw them coming by the truckload, as over a hundred hunters, including 14 wounded warriors, took advantage of  perfect south Georgia weather to help make a dent in the feral hog population along the Altamaha River swamp. …

Beaverdam WMA – 256 Hog

There are still hogs on Beaverdam WMA, but not like there were 30 years ago.  GON reported in 1991 that the middle Georgia WMA outside of Dublin on the Oconee River was on the verge of shattering its wild hog harvest record. After archery season and the first two gun hunts on the then-16,000-acre WMA,…

Alligator Hunting

Alligator Man: The Legend Of Trapper Jack

We go back more than 30 years now, even before the first year he obtained an alligator trapping license, 1989. When I think about him, the word “legend” comes to mind. But every single definition of legend I’ve found includes either “famous” or “fame.” But he never cared for being famous; he simply wanted to…

GON Gator Gallery

Gator season won’t officially close until Oct. 4, but this season already has been highlighted by some really big Georgia alligators. As we always enjoy doing in October, we show off the ones from folks who have taken the time to send in pictures and info. We hope you enjoy seeing them as much as…

Altamaha River 12 1/2-foot Gator Taken On Last-Minute Hunt

By Russell Headrick   I thought I would share some pics and the story from our recent alligator hunt in the Altamaha River. The lucky hunter was Danny Cochran, of Dalton, and he used seven of his “sacred” priority points to draw a tag for Zone 7.   We drove down to Darien on Thursday, Aug. 26…

Bear Hunting

Six Bears Fall On One-Day, Middle Georgia Bear Hunt

The annual one-day bear hunt on private lands in Houston, Twiggs, Bleckley and Bibb counties was held on Dec. 18, and this year six bears were brought to the Oaky Woods check station.  New for 2021, Bleckley County was added to the list of bear hunting counties, so now bear hunting is allowed on the…

New Public Hunting Land Opens Nov. 1

Hunters in Dade County have a new public hunting location available this season. The Charles B. Henson Voluntary Public Access (VPA) area is a 786-acre piece of property located near Trenton that will open to hunters beginning Nov. 1, 2021, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). Dade County is…

500 Pound Middle Georgia Bear Killed During One-Day Hunt

Patience paid off for bear hunters in the annual one-day bear hunt on private lands in Houston, Twiggs and Bibb counties on Dec. 19 as seven bears were brought into the Oaky Woods WMA check station. The hunters sat on the stand all day, counting squirrels, birds and a few deer, but no bears were…

Dove Hunting

WMA Dove Fields

Hard to believe we’ve only got about a month to go before men, women, boys and girls will file into prepared dove fields in hopes of collecting a limit of 15 birds for the grill.  Thankfully, WRD does a really nice job of providing a list of places for hunters to shoot. To the right…

GON’s 2022 Pay Dove Shoots List

The phones have been ringing as folks await GON’s annual Pay Dove Shoots list. Well, here you go! Dial these phone numbers, reserve your spots and shoot straight. Keep in mind that we’re rolling into year No. 2 when dove hunting will legally begin one-half hour before sunrise on opening day, which happens to be…

July 15 Deadline For Dove Shoot Listing

GON will publish our annual Pay Dove Shoots list in the August issue. If you are hosting a shoot, fill out the Dove Shoot Coupon for a free listing.  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…

Duck Hunting

Georgia Duck Season Should Be Good, Other Areas Hurt By Extended Drought

An abundance of rain and good breeding production up the Eastern coast means Georgia duck hunters should expect a good season. However, news is not the same in other parts of the country. The Prairie Pothole Region of the Midwest and Canada has been very dry. Delta Waterfowl forecasts that poor breeding conditions in the…

An Encounter With Butch Richenback

By Justin Kennedy Anyone who has had any relationship with me in my life knows of my love and passion for hunting ducks. I have been obsessed with the outdoors since I was old enough to understand what they were, but duck hunting held a special place in my heart. Names like Montana, Farve, Manning…

Waterfowl Hunting The Georgia Coast

It was a dark, cold 30-degree December morning as we were motored across St. Catherines Sound looking for the small red blinking light on a channel marker. We were headed to the ocean side of St. Catherines Island in the predawn black, the taste and scent of the salt hitting our faces. The ride wasn’t…

Squirrel Hunting

Georgia Squirrel Season Opens Monday, August 15

Looking for a healthy, sustainable source of protein and a good woodland hike? Squirrel hunting season, which opens Aug. 15, can meet those goals, and get everyone excited about fall hunting seasons, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). “Squirrel hunting season is a great introduction to hunting,” said Alan…

1025 Sportsmen Redlands Squirrel Hunt

It had been 23 years since I stepped foot on Redlands WMA in pursuit of critters. A return trip was certainly overdue, and Saturday, Jan. 15 was the perfect opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. The occasion was the 2nd Annual Squirrel Master Classic with a great group of folks who run a…

Oaky Woods Squirrels With The World Champ

This is the way squirrel hunting ought to be—fast paced, lots of shooting opportunities and loads of excitement. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with sitting under a big oak and waiting for the squirrels to come out, but I’m telling you that hunting squirrels with a good dog is a boat load…

Quail Hunting

Do-It-Yourself Quail

When I grew up in the late 50s and early 60s, my house, in a suburb of Jacksonville, Fla., backed up to a large pine forest with underbrush that was about knee high but not too thick; perfect quail habitat. I can remember waking to the sound of the northern bobwhite quail calling to each…

The Last Point

By Jason Dunn So there I was….. All good southern stories should start with the phrase “So there I was.” I began teaching my daughter that when she was in preschool. She never conformed to my teaching and much more preferred starting her stories with “It all started when I woke up,” yet those are…

Grant Aimed To Support Georgia Cotton Farmers and Bobwhites

With generous funding support from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Conservation Partners Program and Cotton Incorporated, Quail Forever and agricultural industry allies are excited to unveil a new precision agriculture planning partnership available now to producers in the southern United States with emphasis in Georgia. This new program—Precision Partnership for Working Lands—integrates agricultural…

Other Georgia Hunting

Mountain Grouse: Ghosts Of Craytonia

In the fall of 1999 I had a bad case of the melancholy. My up-and-coming grouse dog had died and had left me feeling down in the dumps. Little Mac, our young Brittany spaniel, had died from what was evidently a brain tumor. Little Mac started having seizures in his second year which progressively became…

Timberdoodle Quest – Georgia Woodcock Hunting

In the Southeast, when a person mentions upland hunting, the bobwhite quail is usually the first, and sometimes only game bird that people think about. The late Charlie Elliott named the bobwhite the “prince of game birds.”  When you go into the Appalachians, the ruffed grouse enters into the conversation, but the lack of timber…

The Fallen Outdoors Hosts Pheasant Shoot

Falling Feathers at Whitaker Farm in Harlem hosted the Georgia chapter of The Fallen Outdoors for a veteran’s pheasant shoot on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Fallen Outdoors is a national volunteer 501c3 nonprofit organization comprised of active duty and veteran military who use the outdoors as a means of therapy, and to help other active…

Georgia Hunters on the Road

Africa Safari With Georgia Outfitters

Gathering around the campfire at Camp Isilwane (lion) in Matetsi, Zimbabwe we look out at the vlei, which is a prehistoric river bed. The buffalo come into the dying waterhole for that last drink as the day succumbs to darkness. It is the end of the dry season, the last of the water before the summer…

Hunting Exotics In Texas

When I think of exotic animals, I envision animals being created in a lab through experiments and test tubes.  However, my husband Paul and I decided to read more and more about exotic hunting ranches and we decided to peruse the Internet for research.  Although these animals are not indigenous to North America, they are…

Pheasant Hunting In South Dakota

By Deborah Wallace Walking through the golden corn fields of Gregory, South Dakota, I suddenly hear the cackle of a pheasant and the proverbial shout from our guide, Joe, of “Rooster!” I raise my 20 gauge up at the ring-necked pheasant and shoot it to the ground. The dog runs to retrieve this magnificent, colorful…