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Boat Ramp Access Critical Problem At Lanier

Because of the persistent drought, fishermen across the state have been watching in frustration for months as the boat ramps they use to access their local reservoirs have dried up one by one. Lack of access has closed Carters Lake ramps to boats all together, and a handful of smaller reservoirs are inaccessible, as well.…

JAKES Hunt Puts 46 Children In The Woods

For the last four years, the Turkey Oak Strutter Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) has been doing a lot to get kids in the woods. This year, the annual Marion County kids’ hunt grew into a statewide event, and the Georgia Chapter of NWTF took it to the next level. “Any time…

2007 Drought Drying Up Georgia Lakes

Editor’s Note: After the December issue of GON went to press we learned that the ramps at Lake Varner in Newton County had been closed to all fishing and boating. Varner has a reputation for one of the state’s hottest lakes for catching giant bass. Varner is 10 feet low and has become very dangerous.…

Giant 200 Plus Inch Fulton County Bow-Kill

Bethlehem hunter Jay Maxwell dropped everything Tuesday, Nov. 20 when this giant Fulton County suburban buck was spotted in a friend’s backyard tending a doe and chasing off smaller bucks. Jay threw on his camo, grabbed his bow and arrived at the subdivision a little before noon. It was then that he put a long,…

WRD Area Manager Helps Capture Thieves

On most days, Georgia Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) Area Manager Eric Wood can be found watching over Coopers Creek WMA southwest of Blairsville. But on Monday, Sept. 17, Eric’s trip home for lunch put him face-to-face with two area burglars. “I came home around 11:45 that morning and found two men in my driveway,” he…

Deer Jumps Through Window Into Home

It was about 5:45 p.m., and Matt Fox was loading some things in the car, getting ready to head to the ball fields with the kids when he heard his wife yell that there was a deer in the backyard. That might not be an unusual circumstance for many of us these days, but Matt…

The HSUS Shell Game, Duped Again And Again… And Again

It’s been almost 10 years since I found myself wandering through a local arts-and-crafts festival in the north Georgia mountains. To say it wasn’t where I wanted to be on a beautiful Saturday afternoon would be an understatement. It was pay-back of sorts — after two nights in a tent, a couple of days of…

890-lb. Johnson County Pig Is Humongous

There are pigs, then there are big pigs, and then there is another class called humongous. The pig Marshall Powell and his hunting buddies killed in Johnson County falls into the upper end of that humongous-hog category. The pig, killed near Wrightsville in an Oconee River swamp, weighed 890 pounds. By any designation, that’s a…

Woman Killed By Alligator In Georgia’s First Recorded Fatal Attack

An elderly Canadian woman was attacked and killed by an 8-foot alligator on Skidaway Island Friday, Oct. 5, the first documented fatality by a gator in Georgia. The body of Gwen Williams, 83, was found the following day in a lagoon at The Landings, a gated community on Skidaway, east of Savannah. Williams was house-sitting…

Disabled Vets, Let’s Go Hunting!

If you are a veteran of United States military service, hopefully you’ve been extended the hand of gratitude — whether applause at the airport upon your return or just a handshake on the street. Bob Paschal, a sportsman and a veteran from Roberta, and his fellow members of the Crawford County Lion’s Club, want to…