Seminar Saturday At Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast

The vision behind Seminar Saturday is for inexperienced hunters to gain confidence in going to the woods. However, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Brad Gill | June 28, 2019

Look, I get that lengthy seminars at hunting shows have been about beaten to death. However, Seminar Saturday at the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast is different! This joint effort between GON magazine and the Georgia R3 movement is not just another collection of worn-out seminars with the same old topics. 

First off, these seminars are geared toward those folks who are either brand new or inexperienced with hunting. These are folks who need a little boost to get them headed in the right direction. However, there is something in all seven of these short classes for all levels of hunters, from beginner to expert. Pick a few of the topics that interest you and makes plans to attend.  

Secondly, each seminar leader will only speak for 20 minutes before having a 10-minute period to answer questions. So, in 30 minutes tops, you are in and out. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll hear at the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast on Seminar Saturday on July 27.

10:15-10:45 a.m.
Public Land Hunting In Georgia
Don McGowan, GADNR Wildlife Resources Division

Unlock the different types of public hunting properties there are on the federal, state and local levels. Discover where to find maps, quota and non-quota hunting opportunity, along with an overview of proper public-land etiquette.

11:15-11:45 a.m.
Natural Deer Chow, Tree/Plant ID
Adam Edge, UGA Deer Lab
Graduate Student

Learn to identify hard and soft mast trees and plants that produce fruits and food during deer season will make you a better deer hunter and certainly increase your success.

1:15-1:45 p.m.
Digital Hunt Scouting
Charles Evans, GA R3 Coordinator

With a smart phone or laptop, the mysteries of your hunting property can be unraveled in just minutes. Using aerial photos, Google Earth or cell phone apps like onX Hunt and HuntStand, you can gain knowledge before you ever step into the woods.

2:15-2:45 p.m.
Deer Stand Placement & Safety
Hunter Safety System

Finding places to hang a deer stand may seem more obvious in heavy agricultural states like Iowa and Kansas, but what about in the Deep South where so much property is forested? Discover clues to help you find the right places to hang a deer stand. Included are safety tips for hunting off the ground.

GON Freelance writer John Seginak will be speaking at the Blast.

3:15-3:45 p.m.
Deer Vocalizations/Calling Strategies
John Seginak, GON Freelancer

Grunt tubes and rattlin’ horns! An overview of deer vocalizations and how to use them to up the odds of success. 

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Applying For WMA Quota Hunts
Don McGowan, GADNR Wildlife Resources Division

From learning how to set up an online account and applying for a WMA quota hunt to learning how to use priority points and reading selection odd tables. Deer, turkey, and small game, there are plenty of options for someone wishing to try a quota hunt this season.

5:15-5:45 p.m.
After The Shot
Ken Parker, Hillock Kennels

How long should a hunter wait until beginning to track a deer? This critical question can’t be answered until a series of other questions are answered. Included are blood trailing tips and when it’s time to call in a tracking dog.

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