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Turkey Hunting

2024 Georgia Turkey Season Dates

Kids, Mobility Impaired: March 23-24

Public-Land: April 6 – May 15

Private-Land: March 30 – May 15

* Two gobbler per season limit; one-gobbler-per-day restriction.

Finding Memories

The drift of smoke from a chimney somewhere distant instantly grabbed my attention and caused my mind to rewind to years a long time ago. It reminded me of my boyhood as I walked this very logging road I was now on, but I was a kid then, likely still shy of my teens, and…

Turkey Shotgun Patterning Data

I missed the first turkey I ever shot at. It was 1995, and it would be another eight years before I killed my first one. Turkeys are merciless teachers. I’d come home and complain to my wife and tell her I was quitting and was going to sell my gun. She’d just laugh and ask…

50 Years Of Turkey Obsession

“When I was 12 years old,” Brad Campbell was saying, “I traded a pig for a .22 rifle.” That remark caused me to smile all over my face. It called to mind a certain long-ago conversation with a sociology professor who was attempting to explain the term “hunter-gatherer” as a single entity. It became quickly…

Rare White Turkey Poult Spotted In Walker County

A white turkey poult showed up in late July in Walker County on the camera of Dacin Lowe. Several pictures of the white bird were taken with other normal-colored poults and an adult hen turkey. We emailed one of the pictures to WRD’s State Wild Turkey Coordinator Emily Rushton to get her thoughts. “That is…

UFC Fighter Knocks Out Gobbler On Camera

As one of the most popular fighters in the UFC—the major leagues of mixed martial arts competitions —Cody Durden is no stranger to rushes of adrenaline and heart-pumping action. The Newton County native says he never imagined he would experience the same reactions to killing his first turkey. His first gobbler wasn’t just any turkey,…

Gilmer County Atypical Gobbler Scores 125

Terry Fowler comes from a long line of serious hunters, and he has no intention of letting the passion stop with him. The 51-year-old father of three is teaching his kids what his father taught him. Born and raised in Gilmer County, Terry knows the north Georgia terrain well, spending most of his hunting time…

Four-Year-Old Turkey-Hunting Talent

How do you get a 4-year-old interested in turkey hunting? Well, Chris New found a way. “I asked my dad how he got me interested in hunting when I was so young,” Chris said. “I wanted to start introducing my 4-year-old son Micah to turkey hunting this spring.” Chris’s father, Billy New, has made a…

Turkeys Can Be Tough, Not As Tough As Gracie

As is typical with 14-year-old girls, Gracie Thigpen just wants to have fun. But this Bleckley County teen is anything but typical; for Gracie, having fun revolves around hunting, fishing and the outdoors. She’s learning that this hunting business is usually anything but easy, especially when it comes to harvesting a tom turkey. Unfortunately, she…

Georgia Gobblers Staying Quiet This Season

GON’s team of Hunt Advisors have been hitting the turkey woods, and we have reports from across the state, beginning with Hunt Advisor Greg Grimes, who hunted various counties and public land. “We started off the season well as we hunted in Morgan County where there were lots of gobblers coming to chufa. The youth…

Girl’s Gobbler Has Almost 2-Inch Spur!

Seventeen-year-old Ella Britt got her first-ever gobbler in Monroe County on April 26, and it is going to be very difficult to top! One of the gobbler’s spurs is 1 15/16 inches long, which ties it as the third longest spur of all time in the Georgia Gobbler Records. The other spur is 1 12/16…

Turkey Recipes

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Wild In The Kitchen: Peanut Butter Wild Turkey

Peanut Butter Wild Turkey I must admit that I was apprehensive when a friend asked me to try his newly discovered dish. Once he showed me the ingredients, I realized it was a take on a popular Oriental chicken dish. And it is wonderful! 1 turkey breast 2 tbsp salt 2 tbsp white sugar 2…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers

Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers 6 bell peppers 1/2- to 3/4-lb. dark-meat turkey 1 diced onion 3 cloves minced garlic 15-oz. can diced tomatoes 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn 1 cup cooked white rice Shredded Pepper Jack cheese 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp black pepper Choose bell peppers that will stand up…

Wild In The Kitchen: Wild Turkey Stew Comfort Food

It can be downright chilly at the start of the turkey season, and that’s when most turkeys are taken. Why then not whip up a turkey stew that the whole family will enjoy on a chilly evening? 1/2 wild turkey, shredded 4 red potatoes, quartered 1/4 stick butter 1 large onion, diced 4 tbsp. garlic…