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Rabbit Hunting

Rabbit Hunting Characters

By James K. Pressley A well-thought-out and properly planned rabbit hunt is a thing of beauty. It has several major parts, and they must all be taken seriously. If you slack off or miss one of these, the hunt will suffer and your standing in the group will drop.  The Group: You need a solid…

Woods-N-Water Owner Makes Family, Friends And Kids An Annual Priority

Sometimes you just have to flip over the sign on the front door to “closed.” Blaine Burley, owner of Woods-N-Water Hunting and Fishing Adventures, and long-time sponsor of GON’s Youth Big-Buck Contest, knows the importance of good juggling in the whirlwind of life. For more than a decade during the three-day MLK January weekend, Blaine…

Rabbit Magic, Beagle Music

It was a beautiful February morning with only a slight chill in the morning air, and the forecast was for only a short-sleeved shirt, if you weren’t planning on stomping through briars, or you were Stan Weaver, of Screven County.   I’m not Stan, so I had on sleeves and one leather glove, on my left…

Thanksgiving Day Parade In The Briar Patch

This chilly November morning marks one of my favorite Saturdays of the year. As shooting light nears, there are men, women and children standing around tailgates sipping coffee as they adorn orange caps, hunting vests and briar britches. Beagle hounds whine in the box as nearby cottontails and swampers will soon be forced from their…

Georgia WMA Youth Hunt Special 2019

The big news concerning all WMA youth hunts for this season is that WRD lowered the maximum age at which a Georgia hunter is now considered a Youth and can participate in quota and non-quota youth hunting opportunities. The new maximum age for a Youth is now 16 years old; it used to be 17.…

Hunting Traditions Have Little To Do With Slinging Lead

I’m a husband, dad, GON employee, director of 30-30 Ministries, Sunday School teacher, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Character Coach…. man, life is busier than it’s ever been for me, and I’m not seeing much change from that path in the future. Love where God has me, so don’t take the above as complaining, just stating…

Southeast Georgia Rabbit Hunting

Joby Mattox has been at the rabbit hunting game with his pack of hounds for more than three decades. Along the way, he’s gotten pretty darn good at it.  With thousands of hunts under his belt and hundreds of field trial competitions to his credit, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two…

Seen Sasquatch Lately?

Know how when you haven’t participated in an endeavor for a lengthy while it can be tough working your way back in? It may seem that the entire set of surrounding circumstances has changed. All looks different. Well, rabbit hunting ain’t necessarily like that! There have been times though, throughout these many years of traipsing…

Beagle Basics For Better Rabbit Hunting

Across the pine savannah, unseen dogs began howling as they jumped another cottontail. Despite wearing heavy brush pants, I could barely move through thick underbrush punctuated by briars as I tried to reposition myself for a better shot. “Look out. He’s running your way,” yelled one of the other hunters. Tensing up with anticipation and…

Let The Rabbit Dogs Run

As a young man growing up in North Carolina in the mid 1950s, Bill Bethune liked quail hunting, but the birds always flew up in flurry, were fast on the getaway and were hard to hit with a load of birdshot. Then one day his family dog flushed a cottontail and the rabbit bounded away,…

Rabbit Recipes

Simple Roasted Rabbit Quarters

Being the camp chef, I was once asked to cook a few rabbits we took one afternoon. This is what I threw together from stuff at the camphouse. It turned into an all-time camphouse favorite. 1 3-lb. rabbit 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon black pepper 1/4 cup bacon grease 4 tablespoons sugar 1 white onion,…

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Wild Game Recipes: Oven-Baked Rabbit

Oven Baked Rabbit 1 rabbit, quartered 1/4 cup butter 2 cups Italian bread crumbs 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 1/2 teaspoon ground rosemary 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon parsley flakes Salt and pepper, to taste Salt and pepper rabbit quarters. Melt butter in baking dish. Mix all ingredients except bread crumbs and orange juice in…

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Wild Game Recipes: Cane-Cutter Stew

Try this dish if you have a freezer full of rabbits and plenty of folks to feed. This recipe makes 50 quarts, but you can divide it to suit your needs. You’ll need: 30-35 rabbits 10 lbs. of stew beef 6 gallons cream corn 6 gallons tomatoes (stewed, diced or whole as you prefer) two…