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The Second Annual GON Coyote Cull
The history of our “Coyote Situation” would make an interesting case study in how different folks deal with an issue. When hunters first sounded the alarm that something was amiss in the deer woods, we were laughed at and ridiculed. Basically we were told to get off our lazy rear ends and learn to hunt better. We were told that coyotes might eat deer road-kill every once in a while, but about the only animals they killed were mice and rats.

In 2006, a little redneck publication in Georgia was the first in the nation to publish articles saying coyotes were impacting deer populations. Retired WRD Biologist Kent Kammermeyer and UGA professor Dr. Karl Miller were sources for those GON articles. Instantly, there was some credibility regarding the “Coyote Situation.” Since 2006, top researchers have conducted numerous new studies, and the results tilted dramatically toward the “it’s worse than we thought” side of the scale. A 2012 GON...

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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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