Category Archives: Outdoors

Hunting Safely During Primitive Weapons Deer Season

Primitive weapons, like all firearms, should be handled with care. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, hunters participating in the upcoming primitive weapons deer hunting season, Oct. 11-17, should be aware of the specific safety precautions that are required when using primitive weapons, such as muzzleloaders. “All hunters planning on using a black… Read More »

Primitive Weapons Deer Season Opens Oct. 11

Black powder rifles, and bows and arrows. These are the weapons of choice during the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season beginning Saturday, Oct. 11. Over 48,000 hunters participated in last year’s primitive weapons season, bringing in over 11,000 deer with black powder rifles. “The primitive weapons deer season provides hunters an opportunity to be one of the… Read More »

“Your State Parks Day” is Saturday – how you can help clean up parks in Decatur and Seminole

The Keep Decatur County Rivers Alive cleanup is Saturday, Oct. 4. Interested participants should meet up at the Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge on Saturday at 8 a.m. Cleanup litter in the Boat Basin and several other park areas around Bainbridge! For more information on Rivers Alive, please call Suzanne Brandt at 229-248-3030. As part of State… Read More »

GA Hunters: New Deer Rut Map Available

Hunters, ever asked yourself “when does the rut happen in my part of the state?”  If so, you are in luck.  Staff with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently updated the statewide rut map ( with brand new information and it is ready for you! “Each fall, a constant question we receive at our… Read More »

Go Watch at Go Fish: New Cam Offers Look at Life Underwater

A new underwater camera at the Go Fish Education Center is streaming video of some of Georgia’s most popular sport fishing species live and in high definition. Installed in August, the Go Fish aquarium camera is transmitting from within the Piedmont Reservoir Exhibit, the largest aquarium habitat at the facility in Perry. The 15-foot-deep enclosure houses a variety… Read More »

Hunter’s education classes to be held in Southwest Georgia

Upcoming hunter’s education classes in our area Are you a recent Hunter Education graduate? When you pass the Hunter Education Course, your certification card now doubles as a FREE three month pass at any Department of Natural Resources shooting range (including the Mayhaw Range in Miller County). Most DNR ranges require a WMA license ($19) or other qualifying license… Read More »

Hunters: Archery Deer Season Begins Saturday, Sept. 13

As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, it is time to prepare for a favorite time of year for many hunters. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, archers get the first opportunity at bringing home a deer beginning Saturday, Sept. 13. Last year, 118,238 archery hunters harvested more than 74,490 deer. Statewide… Read More »

Waterfowl Season Dates and Regulations Approved: Goose Season Begins Saturday

Make your plans! Waterfowl hunting season dates and regulations have been approved for the 2014-2015 season by the Board of Natural Resources. “This year’s waterfowl regulations are very similar to last year’s,” said Greg Balkcom, state waterfowl biologist for the Wildlife Resources Division. “There is only one noteworthy change, the daily bag limit for canvasback dropped from two… Read More »

Your State Parks Day at Seminole State Park – Campground Cleanup and Landscaping

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 8 AM We will continue clearing brush and debris from campsites to create more waterfront sites. We may also install horseshoe pits and landscape the miniature golf course. Please bring gloves, rakes, clippers, and other landscaping tools. Take part in the “Your State Parks Day” volunteer workday at Seminole. We plan to continue clearing… Read More »

Clock is Ticking to Apply for Georgia Deer Quota Hunts

Hunters wishing to apply for a chance at a deer quota hunt need to get online soon! An online quota application must be in before midnight September 1, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Georgia’s deer quota hunts provide a diversity of opportunities on some well-managed properties,” said John Bowers, chief of the… Read More »

Gulf Greater Amberjack Season Now Open

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack and gray triggerfish in Gulf of Mexico state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles) reopens Aug. 1. In Gulf federal waters, greater amberjack will also open Aug. 1, but gray triggerfish will remain closed through Dec. 31. In both state and federal Gulf waters, greater amberjack must be larger than 30 inches… Read More »

Sheriff’s deputies help rescue three men stranded in wilderness

Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with officers from other agencies to help rescue three men who became stranded in the wilderness overnight after their canoe capsized on Mosquito Creek in the remote southwestern part of the county. The three men were later identified as 39-year-old Michael Bishop, 21-year-old Jonathan White and 17-year-old Joshua White, all of whom… Read More »

Public Meetings Scheduled Re: Georgia Deer Management Plan

Georgia’s white-tailed deer population is a great natural resource that provides aesthetic, consumptive, and economic value. Each year, approximately 300,000 deer hunters harvest nearly 400,000 deer over the course of the deer season. The annual economic impact of deer hunting in Georgia exceeds $890 million and supports more than 11,000 jobs. In addition to hunting, a number of… Read More »

Interested in Hunting Alligators? Get Your Quota Hunt Application in Before Deadline

Hunting alligators may be an experience unlike any other adventure.  To participate, however, you need to get your online quota application in before midnight July 31.  According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, 850 applicants will be selected for the 2014 alligator hunting season which runs Sept. 6-Oct. 5. In 2013, a total of… Read More »