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Big Lizards On The Prowl In Tattnall And Toombs Counties

Warming temperatures will have tegus on the move in southeast Georgia. And reporting sightings of tegus, alive or dead, is needed to keep the big, South American lizards from gaining a foothold in the state, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. DNR has been working with the public and partners since 2018 to…

Firearms And Ammo Industry Is Booming

According to a new comprehensive report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the total economic impact of the firearm and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $70.52 billion in 2021, a 269 percent increase. The total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to over…

Ag-Pro Returns As Outdoor Blast Title Sponsor

Ag-Pro Companies, one of the largest John Deere dealership organizations in North America, announced it has renewed as the title sponsor for the 2022 Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast, to be held July 29-31 in Emerson, Georgia. “Ag-Pro Companies is very excited about the upcoming Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast,” said Cary Odum, Regional Marketing Manager. “We…

Jekyll Island Celebrates 75 Years As State Park With Trip Through The Past

It’s been 75 years since Jekyll Island was transformed from an exclusive resort for the rich to a lively adventurescape for all. Since 1947, the 5,700-acre island has made significant architectural and cultural improvements—creating accessible pathways to the coastline, embracing the island’s natural wonders, and integrating Georgia’s first African American beaches. But even before then,…

Georgia Passes Constitutional Carry

Legislators in Georgia have passed “Constitutional Carry.” Citizens will no longer have to go through a local process to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon—and potentially be delayed or denied—based on the politics of a particular county or law enforcement agency. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said, “For law-abiding Georgians, their carry permit is…

Another Tick Threat: Heartland Virus Kills Georgia Man

A tick-borne virus relatively new to Georgia has taken the life of a Baldwin County man, officials confirm. The officials did not identify the man.  The virus, called the Heartland virus, hospitalizes many of those infected. Emory University Associate Professor Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, who has studied the virus since it was discovered in 2009, said that…

Truck-Buck Contest 2021-2022 Scoring Results

The measuring tapes have been pulled and the scores tallied. From the GON subscriber who entered bucks in during the 2021-22 deer season, we now have the numbers crunched and know which hunters are in line to make the prestigious trip to the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast for the Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. And we also have…

Youth Big-Buck Contest 2021-22 Scoring Results

The second of two scoring events for GON’s Truck-Buck and Youth Big-Buck contests was held in Madison on Saturday, March 19. We measured a number of racks from youth hunters, 15 and younger, who showed up to have their bucks scored in the hopes of moving on to the GON Youth Big-Buck Shoot-Out. The winner of that…

Cogongrass: Wanted Dead Or Alive

Getting jobs accomplished is always made a bit easier by getting help from trusted partners. Such is the case with the Georgia Forestry Commission’s ongoing quest to eradicate the invasive weed known as cogongrass from our state’s landscape. “Outdoor enthusiasts are going to be the first people to set their eyes on it,” said Georgia…

2022 Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast Set For July 29-31

We are thrilled to announce that the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast will be held for the next three years at the LakePoint Champions Center. The 2022 Outdoor Blast, presented by Georgia Drives Chevy and sponsored by Apex Competitions, takes place July 29-31. We’d love to see everyone back in Emerson, so please save the date…