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Turkey Special : Why Are Turkey Numbers Down?

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Hunting
Learning To Hunt Turkey Flocks
Opening day of turkey season often varies in terms of what can be expected. I have witnessed openers where solo gobblers came running in to the call, piles of jakes were chasing each other and fighting, or groups of hens were by themselves. However, more often than not I seem to witness large flocks of a mixture of mature gobblers, hens and jakes mingled about in a manner that seems like they weren’t quite sure what they were supposed to be doing.

It takes time for the turkeys to get into the full swing of things. They are sometimes still shaking the winter off their feathers come opening day. There are also times the season will open before turkeys have broken into smaller groups and scattered out. In some cases the larger flocks will have broken up, but the birds might not be scattered very far apart. Such was the case for me on opening day last season.

I was on a hunt with longtime friend Jake Hill and his wife, Misty. Misty had never killed a...

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Deer
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...

Turkey
Boom! The thunderous gobbling abruptly ends. It’s the perfect end to a perfect morning. Subduing the flopping bird, it’s time to head back...

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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