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Raccoon Hunting

Georgia Legislation Allows Year-Round Hunting And Trapping For Raccoons And Possums

Citing the concerning decline in wild turkey populations across Georgia, state legislators passed House Bill 1147 that would allow year-round hunting and trapping of raccoons and opossums. The bill was approved by the Georgia State House with a 141-17 vote, and it passed the State Senate by a 44-10 vote. The legislation is now awaiting…

Madison County Hosts 8th Annual Peach Classic Coonhound Event

On March 11-12, the North Georgia Houndsmen’s club hosted the sanctioned United Kennel Club Peach Classic Hunt and Show for 2022. It was held at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Comer. The event drew an excellent turnout with 94 dogs being hunted and 50 competing in the bench show. There were entries from 10 different…

100 Years Of South Georgia Family Coon Hunting

Coon hunting is at the very essence of our hunting heritage. Man and dog go out into the night, and not just for the kill, but for the chase itself. From the hills around Macon, up through the hollers of the mountains and down in the cypress swamps of the southern portion of our state,…

Coyote Climbs Tree In Pursuit Of Raccoon

I can’t say I ever recall getting a photo of a coyote off the ground in hot pursuit of any sort of game animal, but I guess I can scratch that off my list. Kaylee Seabolt, of Dahlonega, reached out to GON through our Instagram account with a trail-camera photo of a coyote chasing a…

Public-Land Coons In Southeast Georgia

As I begin to type this story while sitting on my back porch, the Georgia moon is hanging brightly in the sky, and through the cold night air, I can hear a coon dog howling in the distance. It’s a southern hunting tradition like no other. One of the greatest books of all time, “Where…

South Carolina To Host Series Of Youth Coon Hunts

Youth raccoon hunts sponsored by the S.C. Coon Hunters Association (SCCHA) and participating regional clubs and chapters will begin in October and continue throughout the fall and winter, culminating with the South Carolina Youth Raccoon Hunting Championship, hosted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). The championship hunt is scheduled for March 7, 2020…

A South Georgia Coon Hunt Where It’s All About The Dogs

Andy Bedgood is thinking. And thinking. You can almost see the mental wheels turning… Guess I hadn’t realized the complexities of the question before asking, “How many dogs do you have?” “Well,” he soon replied with a rub of whiskers and a signature south Georgia drawl, “Do you mean the ones I have at home…

Buck Loses Antler To A Coon

Since the invention of trail cameras, hunting has never been the same. Hunters use them to pattern and kill deer and turkeys, and even trappers are using them to figure out when certain critters are in the area. Trail cameras also let hunters capture some of that wacky and weird stuff that happens in the…

GON Kids

I had the privilege of attending this year’s Robert Veal Memorial Youth Coon Hunt in Deepstep on Jan. 25. This annual coon hunt is held in remembrance of Robert Veal, a local man known for his superb trapping skills. “Church, family and the outdoors is how he lived his life—in that order,” said Rusty Rhodes,…

QDM Coons: A New Era Of Opportunity

We had turned the dogs loose 30 minutes previous and hadn’t heard a bark. It was mid January, cold, and very windy. I almost walked back to the truck to get the Garmin GPS unit to locate the dogs but opted to walk out of the hollow and up on top of a ridge containing…