Georgia’s Greatest Whitetails Coming To Outdoor Blast

This exclusive display by Duncan Dobie will include the Buck Ashe deer, Georgia's No. 1 typical of all-time.

GON Staff | August 17, 2021

Ever wondered how in the world a typical-framed Georgia buck could net 191 4/8 inches? Come see for yourself! Only three more days until the doors open at the LakePoint Sports Champions Center in Emerson for the start of a three-day weekend gathering for sportsmen known as the Outdoor Blast.

The Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast, presented by Georgia Drives Chevy and sponsored by Apex Hunting Competitions and GON, returns for the 14th year with new location in a significantly larger venue. That means more vendors, including lots of new ones who couldn’t attend before because the show always sold out of vendor booths. This year’s hunting and fishing show will take place Aug. 20-22. Doors open at 1 p.m. on Friday. Again this year during the Outdoor Blast we give away a gun every hour to a show attendee—no raffle tickets to buy.

The Buck Ashe deer, Georgia No. 1 typical of all-time, will be part of Duncan Dobie’s “Georgia Greatest Whitetails,” a brand new feature at the 2021 Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast. The Buck Ashe deer is just one of the famous bucks from Georgia deer hunting history that will be part of this display for 2021.

The Buck Ashe deer, Georgia’s No. 1 buck of all time, will be on display at the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast.

Duncan Dobie is the author of numerous outdoor-related books and is a regular contributor to GON magazine. He’s also a former editor at North American Whitetail magazine. Over the years Duncan has written the hunt stories for many of the best bucks ever taken in Georgia. Duncan will be there in person at the Georgia’s Greatest Whitetails display to talk to hunters, and he will be offering autographed copies of many of his popular books.

Gene Almand’s Newton County 11-pointer from 1966 will be on display at the 2021 Outdoor Blast.

Other famous bucks scheduled to be part of the 2021 Georgia’s Greatest Whitetails display include:

The Gene Almond Buck: This Newton County 11-pointer killed in 1966 netted an amazing 184 inches even.

Cy Smith’s Twiggs County Booner: This 1970 12-point buck netted 179 1/8.

Spunky Thornton’s Putnam Phantom: An 11-pointer from Putnam County taken in 1983 just north of Eatonton by Spunky Thornton. The buck netted 172 2/8.

Spunky Thornton’s “Putnam Phantom,” a 1983 11-pointer that netted 172 2/8.

Lamar Darley Buck: An 18-point non-typical, this Decatur County giant netted 208 3/8 inches and is a must-see rack.

 The Original Horn Donkey: This Morgan County 16-pointer killed by Jeff Banks in 2001 netted 172 3/8.
The Frank Pritchard’s Jasper County Monarch: This 1968 buck was killed before anyone knew much about official scores. When it was finally measured in 1994, the Jasper County buck tallied 196 non-typcial.

Frank Pritchard’s Jasper County 22-point buck perplexed official scorers back in the day, who weren’t sure how to tally such a unique non-typical rack. It didn’t receive an official score until 1994, when it tallied 196 inches even.

The Bone Crusher Buck From Coweta: Douglas Freeman’s 1978 buck from Coweta County netted 170 3/8. You might even get to meet Douglas, who is expected to be at the show.

Douglas Freeman shows off his extraordinary main-frame 6×6 record buck taken on opening day in 1978. At 170 3/8 typical points, it won the Georgia big deer contest that year in the typical division. It’s also the highest-scoring buck ever taken in Coweta County.

More Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast Experiences For 2021

• Gun-An-Hour Giveaway:  We have 21 guns to give away! Register for FREE, no raffle tickets to purchase. Come early and stay late for our hourly gun drawings. Bring your adult entry ticket to the Gun-An-Hour registration. Sign up and you are entered for the rest of the day.  Every hour on the hour, all weekend long, we pick a name out of the hopper. Your entry is good for the day you enter and you must be present to get your free gun. This program is made possible by our partnerships with 30-30 Ministries and the Georgia Hunting & Fishing Federation.
  Chevy Ride & Drive: What a great way to choose your next ride. Sign up and step outside to a new Chevy waiting just for you. Your local Atlanta Chevy dealers will have a variety of trucks and cars ready and waiting. Heck they even give you a gift just for taking a drive. The Chevy Ride & Drive will be available to all Outdoor Blast attendees on Saturday, Aug. 21 and Sunday, Aug. 22.
 • Truck-Buck Shoot-Out Finals: Over $50,000 in prizes are on the line. Including a brand new Chevy Silverado courtesy of John Megel Chevrolet. See who will overcome the nerves, outshoot the rest and drive that Silverado home.  If you have never witnessed someone win a new Silverado then here is your chance. The first pellet flies on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
 • Live Snakes With Jason Clark: Southeastern Reptile Rescue will have a demonstration trailer where you can see snakes up close, and Jason will do education shows Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Admittance to the snake shows is free with your paid entry into the Blast.
 • Deer Scoring & Display: Bring your deer to be scored at the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast. It’s your chance to get qualified for the GON All-Time County-by-County Records. Official scorers will be on hand measuring racks for free. Bring your rack or mount at least 2 1/2 hours before the show closes each day.
• Blast Kids Zone: There is always plenty for the kids at the Blast! The always popular face painters will be back and new this year is the Shooting Gallery and other fun activities. Best of all, the Kids Zone is FREE!
• The Yonah Invitational Turkey Calling Contest will be Saturday, Aug. 21. Top competition turkey callers will compete for a ticket the NWTF Grand Nationals in this qualifying event. The calling competition begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and registration starts when the show doors open at 9 a.m. For contest info, contact Donald Jarrett at 706.473.8027.

More Blast Bargains!

Seven Blast Bargains were announced last month, and here are more special deals offered by vendors only during the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast show.

X-Factor Outdoor Products Dampening System: The X-Factor dampening system includes a 6-inch stabilizer, String Factor, Limb Factor and bow stand; $70 at the Blast, regularly $82.96.

Country Driven Concealed Carry: A convertible style leather backpack/purse with multiple pockets, duel entry gun compartment with locks and removable velcro holster; 16% off $69.95 (regularly $82.95).

In-KRETT-ible Air Guns & Ares Airgun Tactical:
AEA Defender – Arrow with laser sight. Save $50 on this arrow shooting air pistol; $300 at the Blast, regularly $349.99.
• AEA Defender – OC Pepper Water. Save $50 on this OC pepper water ball shooting air pistol; $300 at the Blast, regularly $349.99.
• AEA Defender – Air Ringer. Save $50 on this air pistol; $300 at the Blast.

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