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Middle Georgia Lakes To Get Stripers Instead Of Hybrids

Lineside fishermen on several middle Georgia lakes will see a change in future years. A plan to begin phasing in the stocking of stripers and phasing out the stocking of hybrids was introduced by WRD Fisheries biologists at a public meeting in Milledgeville last month. Lakes feeding the Altamaha River basin that over the past…

Hunting Regs Meetings Top Topic Is Deer Bag Limit

At the Turner Lakes Community Center in Covington, hunters of all ages came and went. They were there to voice their opinions to Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) personnel on a wide variety of issues, including deer bag limits, baiting, dog hunting and others. The meeting, which happened on Tuesday, February 15, was one of a…

New Hunting/Fishing Bills Come to Forefront

In a few weeks, you’ll be chasing a big gobbler around the woods, filling a cooler with slab crappie or scouting your property in anticipation of next deer season. While you go through the routines of your hunting and fishing interests, there are things going on at the state capitol that can seriously impact sportsmen.…

Coon Dog Shot in White County, Georgia

On Christmas Eve, 53-year-old Stanley Barnes of Clermont, and Cleveland residents Donald Maney and Brent Thomas, both 30, loaded Stanley’s Walker hound Kate and Donald’s Walker Lady and went on a coon hunt. But what began as a fun evening in the woods quickly turned into an ugly incident which left one dog dead. The…

Governor’s Proposed Budget Shows An Increase for DNR

Possible Budget Increase for DNR The governor’s recommended state budget for fiscal year (FY) 2006 increases the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) budget by more than $7 million. The FY ‘06 budget for DNR is $97,901,713. In FY ‘05, which ends on June 30, the budget was $90,744,022. Gov. Sonny Perdue announced his recommended budget…

VOTES: Deer Hunters Not Happy With The 2004-05 Georgia Season

The 2004-2005 deer season was like every other season of late in that lots of really nice bucks were taken in all areas of the state. However, a signficiant number of hunters were not satisfied with how the season played out. A variety of factors probably led to slow hunting. An outstanding mast crop kept…

Speak Now! Last Chance For Sportsmen To Speak Before Decision Are Made

Do you want the bag limit on does increased from 10 does per season (as it is now) up to 15 as is currently being planned? Do you want scopes on muzzleloaders? Do you want the Southern Zone deer season and the deer season in archery-only counties extended to January 15? Do you want to…

Oddities In Nature: 8-Point Doe

Wayne Cauthen was sure he had killed a pretty nice buck on some private property in Harris County the Saturday after Thanksgiving. What Wayne didn’t count on was what he found when he retrieved the deer. The 8-pointer featured a rack covered in velvet and a milk sack with a small penis protruding from it.…

Georgia WMA Squirrel Hunts For Kids

Thirty-two youth hunters, a dozen squirrel dogs and their handlers, and about a dozen WRD volunteers showed up at Dawson Forest WMA on a frosty December 18 for a treeing-feist squirrel hunt. The kids were paired with some of the best treeing feists in north Georgia and the dog’s handler for the morning hunt. At…

Sportsmen Honored At Capitol

Georgia lawmakers honored Georgia’s sporting heritage at the state capitol on Tuesday, January 11. Sen. Jeff Mullis (R, Chickamauga), Sen. Preston Smith (R, Rome), Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor (D, Albany) and Gov. Sonny Perdue (R, Bonaire) were among those who addressed sportsmen and representatives of more than a dozen groups that support outdoor activities, including…