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Hunt And Shoot Wildlife Out-of-Season
It is the middle of July. The truck thermometer says 92 degrees with the usual Georgia humidity. Deer season is still two months away. Turkey season has been closed for two months. What is there for a hunter to do? Over the last nine years, I feel that I have found a solution to the lull between hunting seasons that allows me to spend more time in the woods and at the same time makes me a better hunter. My solution is to get out and hunt with my camera.

I purchased my first zoom camera when our daughter was born. Little did I know how much this decision would also impact my hunting. At first, it was the typical photos we all take as our children grow before our eyes. Then I started to notice the butterflies in the flower garden we created for our daughter, so I started to take pictures. The next thing I knew, I was researching and seeking to photograph the butterflies of north Georgia. As that list neared completion, I began to search for my next challenge.

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Through the GON cover ballot on the January issue, we once again gave sportsmen the opportunity to rate their deer seasons. In addition, readers also could answer three pertinent hunting-related...

Hunters across the state of Georgia are pacing the floor waiting for the opening bell to another turkey season. I have been consumed by “The...

Small Game
My memories of hunting the ruffed grouse in Georgia’s high mountains began back in 1956 when I was taken under the wing and taught about a great game bird. The grouse hunter who I was taught by was none other than Arthur (Fats) Truelove, of Hall County. Ask any Georgia grouse hunter, from years past, and they probably knew or have heard of Fats Truelove’s grouse hunting. Arthur was born into a hunting family back in 1923. This family raised cotton in...

The later the better, that’s how some duck hunters view the often painful wait for birds to show up in Georgia. This year might be one of those rare seasons when waiting will mean missing out on some good duck hunting. Greg Balcom, a WRD senior wildlife biologist and our state waterfowl biologist, is expecting a very good duck season, and he thinks ducks might show up early this year. “I think we’re going to have a good season for a...

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