We had 20 people come out and shoot today, even with the weather looking like scuba gear would be an option (seriously need to invest in a fish and alligator target if the weather is going to keep doing this.)  Thanks to everyone who came out today!

Known 45
David Carney Jr. 204-6
James Taylor 200-6
Charles Hunt 189-2
Novice
Willie Johnson 204-4
Thor Nichols 202-4
Middle School Pins
Kevin Roberson 206-7
Christopher Jones 198-6
Senior Eagle
Taylor Hulsey 173-1
Fun
Jody Brown
Caleb Walker
Preston Cocheran
David Carney Sr.
Lee Hulsey
Stacy Hulsey
Jimmy Sturwold
Ricky Letner
Sian Weekley
Bobby Weekley
Todd Jones
Ezra

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As always, here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar

Saturday:
3D – 323 Archery – (Douglasville, GA)
3D – Bowhunter’s Supply – (Bowden, GA)
3D – Buckeye’s Plantation (This is the ELITE Georgia Dealer’s 3D Classic) (Social Circle, GA)
3D – Elbert County Archery Club (Elberton, GA)
3D – North Forty Archery Club – (Cocheran, GA)
3D – Outdoor, Morgan Co. (No location listed)

Sunday:
3D – Southern Bowhunter’s Association (No location listed)

 

I don’t see anything in the forums for Elbert, North Forty, Morgan County or Southern Bowhunter’s Association, so these shoots may or may not be happening, if you know somebody that runs the shoot, contact them for information

I’ll also be accepting donations for March’s Outdoor Adventures – they are holding an annual clothing drive for new hunters, if you have anything, even just a pair of gloves, that you want to donate, bring it to the shoot Saturday and I’ll ship them with the stuff I already have collected.

We are doing our annual hunting clothes drive. Going on right now If you have gently used and unwanted hunting clothes or boots that are in the way we will take them. All clothes received will go towards a new hunter and or military vet that are wanting to go hunting this upcoming season. Any size, any camo pattern will do. Just inbox us for the address. Thank you in advance for your help whether you shared the post or donated.

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Wild Boar Breakfast Sausage

Posted: 04/14/2014 in Hunting

Dyrewulf:

I love sausage – now, if I could only find a farmer that has a wild hog problem…

Originally posted on Mission Alaska:

There is a explosive wild pig epidemic attacking the United States. Due to wild pigs adaptability and high reproduction rates, they have now been seen in 47 states and their numbers keep growing. Wild pigs devour crops, uproot pastures, destroy wildlife habitats, spread disease to humans and animals, kill trees and even knock over cemetery stones. Hunters play a big part in monitoring and helping to control wild pig numbers. Wild pigs also give DIY hunters great opportunities to hunt. Wild pigs are in a lot of states and are a main concern for land owners. Most states have unlimited seasons and tags are cheap. Polite and respectful hunters can have great success asking a local land owner if they can harvest a pig from thier land. Most people will say yes and go out of their way to make you successful. Two years ago, I hunted hogs in the Louisiana and they tasted great. There are not a lot of wild pigs up north and I have…

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The Hips Archery Targets we ordered at the ATA show have arrived and are in the store now!  I love these things, they’re good for field points or broadheads.  I’ve put well over a year of practice into the Hips target I have at home, and it’s STILL stopping arrows without a problem. The last bag target I bought lasted three months.

 

I put a three spot face on the target to test my new scope

I put a three spot face on the target to test my new scope

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Georgia Outdoor News

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Warm-season food plots can be enhanced.

By Joe S. Reams III
Originally published in the April 2014 issue of GON

 

Sweet Tea is a special selection of a perennial plant in the Mallow family named Sida that is highly attractive to deer. There are at least a dozen species of Sida that occur in the Southeast, some of which are native and some non-native. Sweet Tea has been identified as Sida acuta, which is a native plant of the Southeastern United States.

Sweet Tea is a special selection of a perennial plant in the Mallow family named Sida that is highly attractive to deer. There are at least a dozen species of Sida that occur in the Southeast, some of which are native and some non-native. Sweet Tea has been identified as Sida acuta, which is a native plant of the Southeastern United States.

Food plotting has come a long way in the last 10 years in the South and has evolved into a broader discussion about habitat. A number of informative studies have yielded tons of useful information on this subject but the volume of facts can be somewhat exhausting. Sometimes it pays to take a step back and look at the big picture to help us understand the microscopic. I hope to share some background on the subject of habitat restoration and then some specific steps to take that will directly and positively affect your hunting success. 

“Live and learn,” the wise old saying goes. Someone once turned this proverb around to convey another truth: “Learn and live.” 

There may not be a more agreed upon statement on earth. Society operates on this principle, but there is rarely a consensus about how to implement change for the better. Unfortunately, a lot of really important issues end up being political fodder, restricting our learning because of the “spin” put on the facts. There is also the divisive political labeling game…. “if you believe in ‘that’ then you are one of ‘them.’” 

Over time, as the dust settles people usually figure out the “real deal,” as my dad would put it. It’s a shame that we have allowed conservation issues to be used in political games. The good news is that, due in large part to sportsmen, things are changing. 

The truth of the matter is that hunters, being the very first conservationists, are now walking away in droves from the fruitless political fracas and are choosing rather to be engaged in educating themselves about good stewardship practices.

When it comes to conservation issues, I find that many landowners and sportsmen are choosing to ignore the nuts on both sides and are pressing forward and doing the right thing. We’ve always known that it is beneficial to everyone (not to mention the animals we hunt) to protect our water and air, but along the way we somehow allowed radical groups to hijack the discussion and lay claim to the entire conservation message. 

On the flip side, because we agreed on things like free markets and small government, we let other special interests convince us we were in with the crazy people if we went very far down the conservation road. We saw the “experts” dividing into camps, and we read stories of fraudulent skewing of facts. So we found it easy to be skeptical about some of this fanatical environmentalism. I still am, but I’m much more discerning in what I dismiss and what I pay attention to. I’ve heard countless stories from landowner clients who say they have been jerked around in the past by overzealous “government hounds,” as a landlord of mine called them, many times with bad science and manners. This caused some hard feelings and mistrust, but I have noticed that many of these landowners and sportsmen are refusing to allow those experiences to discourage them from their commitment to conservation. At the same time they smell plenty of bull coming from all directions, and not only from the folks who think guns are bad, hunting is murder and people are just two-legged animals. It’s also from a few who let their bottom line shape their views on conservation. Sportsmen have evolved into savvy fact-checkers and are not falling for junk science very easily. Thankfully, these days there is plenty of good, clean science out there, and we have seen measurable results with implementing various new practices. 

A hot topic in the southern hunting world is habitat restoration. In the industrial Northeast, because of the impact of a high population density and polluting factories, they witnessed the effects of wetland and habitat destruction earlier than in the South and were forced to begin taking steps to mitigate these damages. Over the last 30 years in the South, we have seen some ill-effects of our own. Now we are implementing various practices in order to enhance our southern habitats, keeping our forest systems diverse and productive, and sensibly protecting our water.

Read the rest at Georgia Outdoor News

As usual, here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar.

Both Days

3D – Full Draw Archery  First leg of the Tri-State Championship (North Georgia)*

3D – BucksToBeards Archery First leg of the King of the String series (Cleveland, Tn.)

 

Saturday

3D – NGC River Bend Gun Club, 3rd Leg NGSOY (Dawsonville, GA)

3D – Sweetwater Archery ASA State Qualifier (Douglasville, GA)

3D – Bay Gall Sporting Clays  (Garfield, GA, and yes, it’s an archery shoot)

 

Sunday

3D – Archery Connection (Phenix City, AL)**

3D – Redneck Archery Club (Griffin, GA)

3D – Satilla River Archery Club (Broxton, GA? Douglas, GA?)***

Gainesville Archery - International Round (Gainesville, GA)
CANCELLED:
3D – Culpepper Outdoors

 

* – The link is to the Full Draw thread with contact information, not the thread about this event, it seemed more useful to give folks contact and location information.

** – The link is to the Archery Connection website, again, no post in the forums.

*** – One source says Braxton, Georgia, but their posts say Douglas, Georgia.  I also don’t see a current thread about this shoot in the forums, so I linked it to their FaceBook page.

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HSS Hunter Warning Sign

Posted: 04/07/2014 in Hunting

Dyrewulf:

Those are a great idea – I’ve seen duct tape with a note scribbled on it, paper plates stuck on tree branches, caution tape, etc. I’ve even seen folks use a ton of trail tape to try to prevent anyone from walking in on them. (The last one doesn’t work unless there’s a vehicle where the trail tape starts from what I’ve seen.)

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hss logo Hunter Safety Systems has come up with a great way to let other hunters know you are in the area, a Hunter Warning Sign! They have designed an easy to pack and even easier to pop up blaze orange hss warning sign triangle that attaches to any tree branch or fence. The edges have reflective tape sewn on, and there is also an area provided for the hunter’s name and contact information to be inked in, this could be especially important in the case of an emergency. This is a fantastic idea to use when hunting with children. I would include “Youth” in the name area, so that other hunters will be warned in advance of a young hunter being nearby, so they can use extreme caution when approaching, or avoid the area all together. Many of the states also have a hunting regulation that requires 100 square inches of blaze orange to…

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Dyrewulf:

I love taking the recurve out now and then and getting a break from all the high-tech gear.

Originally posted on lifeandlongbows:

I was originally going to title this one “The Bow I Never Intended to Buy”, but passed in fear of slighting it or the bowyer. However, this is exactly how I met Tom Moran of River Raisin bows. I’d seen Tom at several shows over the years, but never gave him much thought for whatever reason. His bows were beautiful and he was friendly, but I hardly ever had the money to buy and minded my business. The pattern actually repeated itself at the 2013 Great Lakes Longbow Invitational, but I couldn’t help myself this time.

At the center of GLLI stands a large red barn where we house the raffle table and the majority of our vendors. It is full of all kinds of archery-related goodies for purchase and it is hard to pass through it without buying something. My something ended up being a beautiful, emerald-colored bow with a beautifully…

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Here is a link to Big John’s Awesome Google Calendar!

 

Both Days
3D – NGC Soul Hunters (Gainesville Archery Club)

Sunday
3D – Bad to the Bone Archery Club (Cartersville, GA)
3D – Shiloh Archery (Hahira, GA)

 

I’ll most likely be at Bad to the Bone on Sunday.  Foam must DIE!

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Sorry, I’ve been in the woods or on the road the last few days, hunting turkey with some friends.

We’ve seen three, one decent gobbler and two unknowns.   Yesterday morning, we spread out on a powerline south of Douglasville, with one decoy out on a hilltop, and started calling.  Immediately, a bird gobbled back at us.  Just after first light, he flew down about eighty yards from my buddy’s son, stretched, and *POOF* started strutting.   Then he calmly walked away.   About fifteen minutes later, I saw two birds on my side of the hill, about a hundred yards away, leave the woods and slowly walk across the hill into the woods on the other side, but the sun was coming up in that direction, so I could only see their silhouettes.  We called for a bit, moved, called, moved called, but we couldn’t get the gobbler to respond again, and the two that walked across didn’t step anywhere where we could check the tracks.

But we had a good time.

We’re going to hit that same spot in a few days, adjusting our position to see if we can ambush the gobbler when he comes off of the roost.

Hope everybody is having a fun, SAFE turkey season!

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