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The 2015 Turkey Special
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 Sickness” that is turkey hunting since the 1980s. It just never gets old for me, and as I approach three decades of turkey hunting in this great state, I can’t see that ever changing.

However, what I do see changing is the overall state of Georgia’s turkey population. I fear that I might have seen the good old days already, and that my children and grandchildren might never know turkey hunting in a way that the veterans of days’ past have known it.

“Around 1980, you could stand on just about any ridge in the turkey woods on a spring morning, and you were going to hear some birds” said Lynn Stanford, of Eatonton.

Lynn is a longtime friend, and with more than 40 years of experience in the turkey woods, he is one of the most respected and finest turkey hunters in...

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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...

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,...

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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