Category Archives: Outdoors




Bainbridge’s Matt Baty wins FLW Bulldog tournament on Lake Seminole

Decatur County’s own Matt Baty won the FLW Walmart Bass Fishing Tour event on Lake Seminole on Saturday, May 9. Fishing in the tour’s Bulldog Division, Baty won the one-day tournament with 22 pounds, 15 ounces on a five fish limit. For his efforts, Baty won $3,718 cash plus $1,000 in Mercury Bonus money. The field was strong, with… Read More »

DNR shares tips on how to keep raccoons and other nuisance animals out of your yard

Most wildlife has no interest in coming close to humans. And, in fact, wildlife has an inherent fear of people. However, animals such as deer, coyotes, bears, raccoons, foxes and skunks often get labeled as a nuisance due to their sometimes intrusive and destructive habits in suburban settings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources… Read More »

Recent Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Incident Reports

The following is a selection of incidents reported by rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division during the first two weeks of April: Region V- Albany (Southwest) GRADY COUNTY On April 6th, Sgt. Rick Sellars conducted a patrol on an area where an illegal trap set was located during earlier patrols. The trap consisted… Read More »




New Florida license plate lets drivers show support for hunting

The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida (FWFF) is pleased to announce that its new vanity license plate to support hunting in Florida has just arrived and is now available for sale at all tax collector’s offices and their agents in Florida. “Hunting has a long tradition in Florida. There are over 160,000 licensed resident hunters in Florida.… Read More »

Should you take a boater’s education course before you hit the water this summer?

From April 20-26, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) encourage boaters to “Spring Aboard” by enrolling in a boating education course. Working in partnership with the states, some providers are offering discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign.… Read More »




Florida approves 70-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida. The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run… Read More »

Alligator Snapper Recovery in Flint is a Long Crawl, Survey Shows

More than two decades after Georgia protected alligator snapping turtles from commercial trapping, these heavyweight turtles with lightning-quick jaws are struggling to rebound in a former river stronghold. Researchers who caught and released alligator snappers on the Flint River last year recorded a catch rate only slightly higher than a similar study in 1989, according to a recent… Read More »

2015-2017 Proposed Hunting Regulations: Public Hearings Scheduled

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (3/27/2015) Hunters and other interested citizens are encouraged to review proposed changes to hunting regulations for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons and make plans to attend a scheduled public hearing. “The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage renewable wildlife resources consistent with the scientific principles of wildlife management while meeting public objectives for wise… Read More »




Recent Georgia DNR law enforcement reports, March 1-14

Recent Activity by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement Division This report is a broad sampling of events that have taken place in the past month, but does not include all actions taken by the Law Enforcement Division. For additional news and updates, “Like” the LE Division’s Facebook page. Region V- Albany (Southwest) None reported… Read More »

News and Pictures from River Town Days, Flames on the Flint and Lake Seminole Open

The 2015 River Town Days was held Friday and Saturday, drawing large crowds to the Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge. Flames on the Flint grand champions were “Way 2 Que,” from Sharpsburg, Ga., cooks Mike Ashley and Robert Williams, with an overall score of 697.120. This is their second year in BBQ competitions, and their first grand championship.… Read More »

Recent Georgia DNR law enforcement reports

Recent Activity by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement Division This report is a broad sampling of events that have taken place in the past month, but does not include all actions taken by the Law Enforcement Division. For additional news and updates, “Like” the LE Division’s Facebook page. Region V- Albany (Southwest) TERRELL COUNTY… Read More »




Lake Seminole Fishing Report for March 12th 2015

The  water temps are up to around 63 degrees in backwater areas and the bass are spawning pretty good.  There are small buck bass bedding on sand and the larger females are cruising around in the bedding areas.  There are several different ways to get bit in these areas, I will share a few.  If the areas have grass or… Read More »

Special Opportunity Youth Turkey Season Scheduled for March 14-15

For the second year in Georgia, youth and mobility-impaired hunters will have a chance to turkey hunt the weekend before the statewide turkey season opens. This special opportunity season is March 14-15, 2015. “This sneak preview opportunity gives youth a chance to get in the woods before the season opens to everyone the following weekend,” said John Bowers,… Read More »

JTodd Tucker reels in big bass on Lake Seminole; teen catches 14-pound monster on Chattahoochee

Professional angler JTodd Tucker, who hails from Southwest Georgia, posted the following to Facebook on Monday: Had a blast fishing on Lake Seminole today. It was just what I needed before heading to Orange, Texas next week for the first stop on the Bassmaster Elite series trail. Bainbridge Convention & Visitors Bureau / Dick Cepek Tires and Wheels… Read More »




Gulf recreational red snapper season workshops scheduled for March

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting several public workshops in March to gather public input on the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season in state waters (from shore out to 9 nautical miles). The workshops are scheduled for the following locations (all are from 6 to 8 p.m. local time): March 9: Pensacola,… Read More »