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Deer Hunting

2 Booners From Hancock County

A Booner stepping out was the last thing on the mind of a newcomer to the area. Gary McMahan, of Franklin, N.C., was enjoying his first year in a Hancock County club during the 2003-04 season. On the evening of Nov. 22, Gary made a decision that would place him in Georgia’s deer-hunting annals forever.…

DNR Wants Public Input On Georgia Deer Management

How many white-tailed deer should we have in Georgia? The answer varies depending on whom you ask. Management of Georgia’s white-tailed deer herd can be a challenging and, at times, controversial topic. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), the white-tailed deer is Georgia’s most popular game species. Currently, management…

The Hunting Land Buying Process

I’ve been avidly hunting my whole life, starting with my dad. I harvested my first deer when I was 6 years old. My family takes it way more serious than most. We’ve always had a few clubs we’ve been in and even managed a few hunting clubs over the years. I’ve experienced the club atmosphere,…

Gwinnett Velvet Giant Is No. 2 Typical Georgia Bow Buck Of All-Time

Georgia has a new No. 2 best-ever typical bow-kill buck. The giant Gwinnett County 10-pointer grossed 182 inches and netted 174 3/8 inches and was recently scored by official measurer Bobby Bond in Fort Valley. When looking at overall Georgia bow bucks, both typical and non-typical, Grant Bailey’s buck is No. 6 on that list.…

Rate Your Deer Season Survey 2023-2024

Georgia’s deer season rating sees yet another uptick from hunters rating their seasons at “Excellent.” While the percentage of happier hunters rises less than 1 percent, it does bring the season total of those rating their seasons as Excellent to 25.7%. This is an all-time record since GON began conducting the survey more than two…

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Venison Recipes

Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots

Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots There are plenty of wild-game recipes out there, but very few for wild-game appetizers. This appetizer is guaranteed to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Plan on making two or three per guest. • Venison rope sausage • 1 block cream cheese • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese •…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole

Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole 1 pound ground venison 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 28-oz. canned diced tomatoes Nonstick cooking spray 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 30-oz. pack frozen hashbrowns 4 cups grated cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400. Set the oven rack in center. Spray 9×13-inch baking…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Cajun-Style Venison Hindquarter

Cajun-Style Venison Hindquarter This easy recipe is great in the crock pot, and It makes a complete meal. • 1 debonded hindquarter • Louisiana Cajun seasoning • Vegetable Oil • McCormick Au jus Gravy Seasoning (1-oz. dry pack) • Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (1-oz. dry pack) • 1 stick butter • 3 mild Pepperoncini pepper •…