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Turkey Hunting

Georgia's 2022 Turkey Season Dates

Youth/Mobility Impaired: March 26-27
General Turkey Season:  April 2 - May 15
WMAs & National Forest Land: April 9 - May 15

New Regs: One gobbler daily limit, two gobbler season limit.

Thomas County Boy Kills Gobbler With 14-inch Beard

By Scott Barwick Twelve-year-old Blake asked his mom Heidi, “Mrs. Susan and Mr. Scott are kind of like family now, right?” She smiled after thinking about it and agreed with a yes. Susan and Heidi became friends when their places of employments were right next to each other and later they became business partners. They own…

2022 Yonah Invitational Turkey Calling Contest Returns To Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast

A trip to Nashville to compete in the NWTF Grand Nationals will be on the line as the 2nd annual Yonah Invitational turkey-calling competition takes place at the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast on Saturday, July 30. Outdoor writer Donald Devereaux Jarrett and John Browning, of Pistol Creek Game Calls, are once again organizing the event…

Young Girl Talks First Turkey & Enchiladas

Written By 7-year-old Audrey Cole I was going hunting and camping at the same time, and I was so excited because I knew I was going to kill a big turkey. So we started unpacking, and it was really chilly, so I just sat in the truck. After that, we went to a Mexican restaurant,…

Georgia Gobbler One In A Million

Donnie Findley recently sent GON a picture we’ve never seen before: a gobbler with side-by-side double beards. Although multi-bearded turkeys are fairly common, the beards have always run down the breast, not across.   “I got the turkey April 22 in Wilkes County,” said Donnie. “I think the beards are rather unique, they are both 11…

Turkey Season 2022 Wraps Up On A Wing and A Prayer

By Rickey Thomas The meaning of “On a Wing and A Prayer” means we set out to succeed, despite not being fully prepared for it. This expression pretty much sums up my 2022 Turkey Season. I started with a quota hunt in the pristine woods of the Gaither WMA. I first visited Gaither in 2020…

Georgia Turkey Season Update

If allowing mature gobblers more time to breed hens before hunters get involved in the equation will result in more baby turkeys, poult counts should rebound this summer. The season started April 2—13 days later than the 2021 opener—and public land didn’t open until April 9. Then throw in some tough hunting conditions once the…

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…

Hunt With Captain Noell Produces Opening Day Gobbler For The Ages

For me, every turkey season opener since 1987 has begun with my friend, Captain John S. Noell. I met John in 1983 when his Athens law firm offered me a clerkship during my first year of law school. After graduation I was employed as an associate attorney and later as a partner. John and I…

UGA Professor Weighs In On Later Turkey Season Start

Spring isn’t just for wildflowers and pollen—it’s also a time to hear wild turkeys gobble across Georgia and much of the Southeast. That telltale chortle is also a signal that turkey hunting season is about to open, although changes to Georgia’s state regulations kept hunters on standby for several weeks longer this year. But the…

Turkey Hunting With Grandaddy

Hunting With Grandaddy By Sammy West It was a clear, crisp, spring morning. Me, my grandfather and my dad knew the birds were going to be on fire. We had come to the decision that me and Grandaddy would go to the far side of the food plot close to the river where the birds…

Turkey Recipes

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…

Wild In The Kitchen: BBQ Wild Turkey On The Grill

I am a big fan of the smoked turkey at Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ. Most turkey is too dry for me. I experimented with this recipe trying to come up with something close to Jim ‘N Nick’s. It is pretty danged good. 1 whole wild turkey 1 cup of favorite BBQ sauce 1/2 cup of…

Wild In The Kitchen: Cajun Turkey Broccoli Alfredo

Cajun Turkey Broccoli Alfredo 1 pound boneless turkey breast 2 cups macaroni pasta 2 cups broccoli florets 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 cups heavy cream 8 ounces Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper In large pot, bring 4 quarts salted…