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Hunting At Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge At Risk

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting comments and suggestions from the public as a part of their Comprehensive Conservation Planning (CCP) Process through August 22, 2007. The deadline is next Wednesday. Based upon recent information, the Fish and Wildlife Service is not receiving comments from hunters and fishermen regarding what sportsmen want…

Three New State Parks Allow Deer Hunting

In only the third year since the state-park system began management deer hunts on park land, three new parks have been added to the list of parks on the quota-hunt list. The new parks, all in northeast Georgia, are Bobby Brown and Mistletoe on Clarks Hill Lake, and Tugaloo on Lake Hartwell. Here’s a look…

Oconee National Forest Cutting 1,500 Acres Infested By Pine Beetles

Game species have an ally when it comes to management of Oconee National Forest. The red-cockaded woodpecker is the reason about 1,500 acres of timber infested with southern pine beetle (SPB) will be cut over the next two years, creating early successional habitat beneficial to all types of wildlife — especially deer, turkey, small game…

Sportsmen Building New Bathhouse At Tuckahoe WMA

The blockwork is up for the 16- by 27-foot building, the roof’s going on soon, and with a little luck, a well will be drilled this summer. Hunters camping at Tuckahoe WMA this fall will be pleased to see a brand new bathhouse in the campground, complete with hot-water showers. This bathhouse was built by…

Bear Creek Reservoir Getting Closer To Opening To Anglers

Long-awaited public access for fishing boats at Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County could soon become a reality. The Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority (UOBWA) is designing a boat ramp off Hwy 330 to allow public access for boats with electric motors to the 505-acre reservoir near Athens. Construction could be completed as early as…

Drought Impacting Georgia’s Wildlife

In late June, the drought of 2007 was intensifying across Georgia as temperatures climbed into the 90s, and the only rain around was random thunderstorms. Lake levels are dropping, stream flows are slowing and vegetation is turning brown and drying out. The drought is also having an impact on Georgia’s wildlife and may impact your…

Fatal Boat Collision Claims Two Lives On Lake Sinclair

The body of a 25-year-old man killed in a boat wreck on Lake Sinclair was found at about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 near the scene of the June 9 collision. After 10 days in the water and about 2,000 man hours dedicated to the search by DNR personnel, the body was spotted floating in…

Walker County Teen Survives Shooting In Turkey-Hunting Incident

A Walker County teen shot in a turkey-hunting incident on April 4 is in rehabilitation at Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta with paralysis to his right arm and leg, as some details of the incident are released by DNR Law Enforcement. Steven Chase White, 15, of LaFayette had accompanied another teen and his father, Dale…

425,000 Acres Burned

Roughly 425,000 acres, including about half of south Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, has been blackened due to recent wildfires, the first of which broke out west of Waycross on April 15. “There’s tons of log trucks moving through Ware County right now, and every one of them has some timber on it that’s charred to some…

Walker County Teen Critical After Being Shot While Turkey Hunting

At presstime, a Walker County teen remained in the intensive care unit of Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. after being shot in the back of the head with a shotgun in a turkey-hunting incident on April 4, 2007. Steven Chase White, 15, was hunting with a friend and the friend’s father, Dale McCormick, 47, when…