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Bear Hunting

Cohutta WMA Bear Hunt Draws Crowd In 1985 Caprice

By Barden Revelle Some days you can do no wrong. Some days everything goes wrong. This tale is a mixture of both. The end product is really what matters. Picture in your mind the second Saturday of Georgia deer season in the year 1991. It is before daylight in Paulding County. I’m drinking black coffee in…

Tick Check For Bears

Editor’s Note: Rosmarie Kelly, PhD MPH is a Public Health Entomologist on the Vector-Borne & Zoonotic Diseases Team working for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Kelly was at the Oaky Woods WMA check station collecting tick data from harvested bears during the one-day middle Georgia bear season on Dec. 18. The Department of Public…

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…

Conservation Law Enforcement Corner – December 2021

Bleckley County: Wild hogs have been deemed public enemy No. 1. Efforts to reduce their numbers range from federal invasive species dollars being spent on helicopter snipers to hunters using high-dollar night-vision weapons. If you’re going after hogs at night in bear country, be careful, as a pair of hunters in Bleckley County found out…

What A Drag

This bear-dragging business just ain’t what it used to be.  For some reason or other, the last couple of years seem to have brought about either a decided increase in dead weight or a similarly marked decrease in my back’s desire to heave-ho for even a mile or three. Not that we’re talking actual highway…

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…

Bear Attacks 16-Year-Old Girl At Tennessee Park Campsite

A large male black bear entered a campsite just after midnight this morning and attacked a 16-year-old girl who was sleeping in a hammock. The girl’s four family members who were sleeping nearby were able to drive the bear away, but not before the girl received multiple injuries, including head lacerations, according to a news…

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…

Bears In A Hurricane

Hey, lissen up, ‘cause I got a idear: Let’s DRIVE three hours in the MIDDLE of the night to go BEAR hunting in the Okefenokee SWAMP during a HURRICANE! Piece of cake; I mean, what could possibly go wrong? Oh, I see; you’re just like my other woud-be-friends who are but acquaintances. Of little faith.…

Conservation Law Enforcement Corner July 2020

Charlton County: On Sept. 28, 2019, Game Warden First Class Sam Williams was contacted about a poaching complaint on a Charlton County hunting club. Members of the Thin Blue Line Hunting Club had knowledge of a member, Donald Gray, who they said had taken over the limit of bear, had hunted bear at night, had…