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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…

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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…

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

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…

Find A Pro Trapper With GON’s Statewide List

The message in the story “Trapping Works” is testimonial proof that trapping can help grow populations of deer, turkey, quail and rabbits. There are people in this great state who are good at trapping, have the time to do it and are just waiting for you to call them. Those folks are listed in GON’s…

Trapping Works

Those who manage their land for wildlife are fighting a war. Like all wars, there are protests designed to sway public opinion. There are international political complications. And like all wars, the truth is one of the first casualties. Land managers in Georgia are up to their eyeballs in predators that kill desirable wildlife. Coyotes,…

Hog Hunting

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…

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. …

Alligator Hunting

GON Gator Gallery

Gator season officially closed on Oct. 3, and it was just about a record-setting year. According to WRD, 389 gators were harvested during the 2022 season. The only season that tops this year was the 2021 season when 391 gators were taken. The 2020 season witnessed 372 hunter-taken gators. DNR doesn’t have the staff to…

GON’s 2022 Gator Gallery

Gator season won’t officially close until Oct. 3, 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…

Boy’s First Gator Hunt Packed With Lake Seminole Action

By Scott Barwick  The rush of a 7-foot alligator on the end of your fishing line can be intense, but imagine being a 12-year-old boy on the other side of that fight.  Finally, after six years of being declined for a Georgia gator tag, I was granted the opportunity to harvest one. My friend Byron…

Bear Hunting

Quitting Is For The Enemy

Normally, this is a period fraught with chaos. Never mind the ever-present and who-knows-how-deep black water, claustrophobic brush, vines and briers clawing and ripping; just hurry as best you can. Hounds are roaring out of their minds, hunters sloshing, tripping, bleeding, pushing on… Because some 987 interminable yards into the Okefenokee Swamp, a bear is…

Middle GA Bear Hunters Take 10 Bears

The temperature was a crisp 38 degrees, the wind was still, and the skies were partly cloudy as the sun rose across middle Georgia for the annual one-day bear hunt in Houston, Twiggs, Bibb and Bleckley counties. The good weather meant the bears should be moving, and Sam Land, of Swainsboro, was patiently sitting in…

Two Bear Thursday

By Steve Platek After completing the morning chores—cooking breakfast, tending to the dog and getting the wife and kids off to their respective destinations, I packed the truck with my hang-on stand, my longbow and my rifle. I was hoping to cross paths with a nice 8-point mountain buck I had on trail camera but…

Dove Hunting

Grandson’s First Dove Shoot

By Mike Parker My grandson and I were honored with an invitation to the annual dove shoot a friend holds on his farm near Denton. We all know the opening-day dove shoot in south Georgia is more than a hunt. It is a social event and a gathering of good, like-minded people. Since this is…

The Darden Dove Shoot, Like Christmas On Labor Day

Opening day of dove season has come and gone again. It was a good opening day at the annual shoot held each year at Darden’s Farm south of Washington, Ga. in Taliaferro County. Some things this year were the same, some things were different, as they always are. Some things could not have been better,…

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…

Duck Hunting

2022-23 Georgia Duck Forecast

Every Georgia duck hunter knows that duck hunting can be boom or bust. You can scout out a location, set up your decoys and at the crack of dawn be covered up with ducks and have a limit in a few minutes. But unfortunately, there are days when you do everything right and the ducks…

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…

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 Bobwhite Quail

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

A Georgian’s First Elk Hunt

By John Holbert Jonah and I both drew either-sex muzzleloader tags for Colorado elk this fall. Neither of us had undertaken such a challenge before, and we were eager to try. We spent all summer researching, preparing, packing and training for the safari. The rut forecast predicted we would have good timing to see some…

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…

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…