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Deer Hunts With My Dad

By JD Richards As Father’s Day approaches, I look back at many of the first memories I have had with my dad in the outdoors that have shaped who I am as an adult. As hunters, many of our first outdoor memories have been with our dads. Dad was with us the first time we…

Wild In The Kitchen: Easy Venison Pot Roast

Easy Venison Pot Roast Every hunter needs a tender venison pot roast full of rich meaty flavor in their cooking arsenal. A venison sirloin is the perfect cut of meat for a roast. • 1 sirloin roast • Small red potatoes left whole • 1 small bag baby carrots • 1 large yellow onion, chopped…

How The 2023-24 Weeks Were Won

Another group of Georgia deer hunters will soon take the stage at the Ag-Pro GON Outdoor Blast on July 28 to compete in the 35th annual Truck-Buck Shoot-Out. The second-best shot will win a Firminator G-3 food-plot implement by Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment, and the man, woman or youngster who makes that last shot will win…

Fawn Killers On The Prowl

Coyotes may be known as the scourge of the West, but Trae Renfroe says Georgia is up to its elbows with them, too. His trail camera caught evidence that they are indeed fawn killers. “I had a camera on a food plot on the property we own in Baldwin County,” he said. “On one day…

Gas Station Bucks

Sitting alongside Highway 129 between Macon and Gray is an old Chevron station. I haven’t been there in years, and for all I know, the store might be closed now. Time changes things, but I can close my eyes and picture the inside of that gas station, still recalling the first time I walked in…

Wild In The Kitchen: Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots

Venison Sausage Jalapeno Shots There are plenty of wild-game recipes out there, but very few for wild-game appetizers. This appetizer is guaranteed to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Plan on making two or three per guest. • Venison rope sausage • 1 block cream cheese • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese •…

Report Ignites Unsubstantiated Fears Regarding CWD Transmission In Humans

A presentation earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology has unnecessarily reignited fear and uncertainty associated with human consumption of CWD-infected venison. Published in the journal, Neurology, the abstract stated, “The patient’s history, including a similar case in his social group, suggests a possible novel animal-to-human transmission of CWD.”…

Bottom of the Ninth… The Story of “Trespasser”

By David Hornback My heart pounded on this cold, rainy January day as I watched the buck I had been hunting for two seasons walk toward me. I am an avid bowhunter, and my story began two years ago when a special 3-year-old buck walked in front of my camera. He was beautiful—a perfect main-frame…

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Wild In The Kitchen: Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole

Ground Venison Shipwreck Casserole 1 pound ground venison 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1 green bell pepper, chopped 28-oz. canned diced tomatoes Nonstick cooking spray 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 30-oz. pack frozen hashbrowns 4 cups grated cheddar cheese Preheat oven to 400. Set the oven rack in center. Spray 9×13-inch baking…

Public Input Meetings For New Deer Management Plan

GON was well represented at DNR’s public input meeting for Georgia’s next deer management plan that was held at the Civic Center in Gainesville yesterday, March 7. This meeting followed others in Statesboro and Jackson and was the final opportunity for in-person input on the next statewide deer management plan that will guide deer hunting…

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