This year, the Shooting for a Cure Cystic Fibrosis benefit will be on June 6th, from 8am to 4pm, and will include both 3D Archery and Sporting Clays.

Click to go to the event web site

Click to go to the event web site

Money Classes (75% payback) $25

  • Open Money (45yd)
  • Known 45 (45yd)

Trophy Classes $20

  • Hunter – Max 40yd
  • Women Hunter – Max 30yd
  • Bow Novice – Max 30 yd
  • Youth (12 & under)- Free with a paying adult

Fun Shoot $10
Family of 3 or more $40 max

  • Entry fee comes with 1 chance to win an Elite Bow, Binelli Shotgun, or a 2 Day Hunting Trip to western Kentucky
  • LONG SHOT – $1/shot or 6 shots for $5 (win more chances at the Giveaways)
  • BarBQ Plate for $5

From Whitetail Properties

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There are lots of news articles and state agency reports coming out about declining deer populations and harvest rates in several states. Some of these declines are reported in powerhouse deer hunting states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and more.

While your hunting skills and luck play a major role in harvesting big bucks, neither will bring back your deer herd to record levels. Simple math and science can speed up the recovery and here’s how you do it.

The 100-acre Example
Let’s say you hunt on 100 acres. And let’s say 20 deer live on your land. Each year on average, you harvest 4 deer. Now you’re at 16. Predators, weather, vehicle accidents, natural causes, etc. average another 5 mortalities. Now you’re at 11 deer. Let’s say 5 of those 11 are bucks and the other 6 are does. When fawning season comes, let’s say 5 of those 6 does have twin fawns – the other doe has no fawn.

5 does + 10 fawns + 1 doe + 5 bucks means you’re back to 21 deer. Near your average.

The scenario above is your average year. It’s not the exact same every year, but it’s close. You are happy with the 4 deer you kill each year and things are going great.

Now, let’s introduce EHD (Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease) to your deer like we saw in widespread, record-setting levels in 2012 and even again in 2013 in some areas.

2012
As usual, you have 20 deer. Like always, you kill 4 and the other factors kill 5. Business as usual. But now, EHD kills FIVE MORE deer including your two mature bucks. Instead of 11 total deer like above, you only have 6 total deer heading into fawning season and 4 are does. They each have twins. Now your property has only 14 deer.

4 does + 8 fawns + 2 bucks = 14 deer

2013
With just 14 deer, you enter the season with about 30% less than your normal deer population. You see fewer deer, have fewer opportunities to harvest deer and you don’t see a mature buck all year. Not knowing any better, you still kill 4 deer, like usual. Coyotes haven’t gone anywhere. Natural causes deaths haven’t gone anywhere. As usual, predators and natural causes kill 5 deer. Plus, EHD happened AGAIN in 2013. Let’s say EHD (not as bad as 2012) gets 2 deer. You started with 14. You killed 4. Predators and natural causes got 5. EHD got 2.

Do the math. You have 3 deer left on your property that usually supports 20.

This sounds awful right? Amazingly, there are hunters facing situations like the one above. There’s good news and bad news.

Good News
White-tailed deer are some of the most resilient creatures in the world. In just a year or two, they have the ability to reproduce quickly. Remember, most does have twin fawns. So deer can repopulate about twice as fast as humans. The other good news is that EHD is a disease that happens in pockets. Your hunting property may have taken a beating, but your neighbors down the road might not even have had a single deer die of EHD. So just because things are bleak on your 100 acres, doesn’t mean your county or region is nearly as bad. And we all know by habitat improvement, you can attract deer from surrounding areas. We’ve been dealing with EHD for years and deer will continue to bounce back as random outbreaks occur.

Read the rest of the article at Whitetail Properties

From Georgia Outdoor News
Hunters may need to check the calendar before pulling the trigger. Proposed regs include more buck-only days, including opening week of gun season for many counties.
By Daryl Kirby
Posted Wednesday April 29 2015, 4:29 PM

When it comes to setting hunting regulations, it’s quite impossible to please everyone. Based on reaction to proposed changes to next year’s Georgia deer season, quite a few groups are far from pleased.

Click on the map to go to the original article

Click on the map to go to the original article

Small-game hunters aren’t happy that the Northern Zone deer season would now stay open until the second Sunday of January. Meanwhile, Southern Zone deer hunters aren’t pleased their deer season would now close as early as Jan. 8 some calendar years. And even some Northern Zone deer hunters, who got their desired “one statewide deer season for the entire state,” are now hiccuping at a proposal to limit the either-sex days.

If the proposed regs pass, there will no longer be Northern and Southern deer zones—except in defining where baiting for deer is illegal. All deer hunters would be able to hunt deer until the second Sunday in January—Jan. 10 next season. However, in much of the old Northern Zone counties, it will be buck-only after Jan. 1.

Except for in the Upper Coastal Plain counties, in a few Piedmont counties in west Georgia and in suburban counties, antlerless deer also won’t be legal the first week of gun season. In the heart of the Piedmont region, it will be buck-only the first two weeks of gun season. It’s been a while since deer hunters have had to plan a special “meat trip” to the hunting club to hit the open doe days.

The proposed doe days won’t be finalized until a DNR Board of Natural Resources meeting May 20 at Middle Georgia College in Macon.

Read more at Georgia Outdoor News

From the Winchester Blog

By MELISSA BACHMAN |

Click to view the Winchester Blog article

Click to view the Winchester Blog article

I’ll be the first to admit that I usually carry too much gear whether I’m turkey hunting or deer hunting. Over the years, however, I’ve learned having a few essential items in the vest at all times can make a hunt not only more enjoyable, but more successful as well. This is all subjective, but here are the items I can’t live without when hitting the turkey woods each spring.

  1. Predator Call- One item I never leave home without is a predator call. I absolutely love to predator hunt as well, and I can’t count the number of coyotes I’ve spotted while turkey hunting. For this reason, my predator call is never far away and I get just as excited about calling in a coyote as I do a turkey
  2. Permetherin Spray- If there is one thing I can count on throughout the spring turkey season, has to be the presence of ticks. I don’t have much of a problem with snakes or spiders or many other critters, but ticks I hate. In my opinion, they invade my space plus they’re absolutely full of disease. Permethrin_with_BottleThere are many things you can do to try and prevent getting ticks on you, but I’ve found spraying my clothing with Permetherin Spray prior to my hunt is a huge help. The important thing is to just spray your clothes and not get it on your skin, but it is truly amazing how well it works.
  3. LongBeard XR- Winchester has always been known for their innovative products. But with Longbeard XR they truly put their time, effort and research into creating one of the most effective turkey hunting loads on the market. For long range shooting it’s second to none.This is all possible because of the Shot-Lok technology that protects the shot during the in-bore acceleration, which in turn
    gives you tight long-range patterns. For example, at 60-yards you’ll get twice the number of pellets in a 10-inch circle, which makes this one impressive load!

For the rest of the list – visit the Winchester Blog

 

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Dyrewulf:

I have National Geographic’s Topo 4 software for the South Eastern U.S., but the resolution on it is not the greatest.

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Here’s how to search for, and download FREE Topo maps for any area in the United States.

 
I came across this free online map resource awhile ago, but just today used it again to download some local topographical maps.

Direct Link To TOPO Maps:
Map Locator & Downloader

 
The direct link will display a map of the United States…Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: How To Download Free Topo Maps

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The only 3D shoot we will be hosting in 2015 is the Cystic Fibrosis shoot on June 6th.

Last year's flyer

Last year’s flyer

There will be another announcement: I’ve been told we may be hosting sporting clay events at the property.

Year Two of ‘Tag Soup’ has convinced me to come up with a recipe for it.

1 Set of Unfilled Tags*
8 cups beef broth (or 4 beef, 4 vegetable) 14 OZ can diced tomatoes (I like to get the garlic flavored ones)
1 onion chopped
4 potatoes peeled and cubed
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
Put the broth in a large stock pot and set the heat to medium-high

Add the vegetables and bring to a boil

Try to ignore all the time, money and effort you put into hunting this year, while plotting next years hunting season.

Stare at the unfilled tags.Ground Wild Sausage

*Substituting 1 lb of ground beef, browned cubed beef, or somebody ELSE’S ground venison makes a better soup.

I’ve hunted mostly Joe Kurz WMA for the last two years, with a few days at a new lease near Rome, GA.  Neither one is close enough to the house for half day or quick hunts, really.  I need to find someplace half an hour or so away, rather than an hour and a half.

Time for another year of archery!

Big John’s Google Calendar is up to date from what I can see, however are only a few shoots.

Sunday – Jan 4th

3D Buckeye – Social Circle, GA

  • Open Money – $20 50% Payback – Max 50yrds # Stake – 290 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Known 45 – $20 50% Payback – Max 45yrds White Stake – 290FPS Max- All Known
  • Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds White Stake – 290 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Women’s Open- $20 50% Payback- Max 40yrds Red Stake- 280 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Senior Open- $20 50% Payback- Max 45yrds White Stake- 290 FPS Max- All Un-Known
  • Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max 40yrds Red Stake – 280 FPS Max- 10 Known 10 Un-Known
  • Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max 30yrds Blue Stake – 260FPS Max- All Known
  • Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer Any Release – Max 30yrds Blue Stake – 280 FPS Max- All Known
  • Youth – $15 Trophy – Ages 13 to 14 – Max 30yrds Blue Stake – 240 FPS Max.
  • Sr. Eagle – $10 Trophy – Ages 11 to 12 – Parental Supervision – Max 25yrds Orange Stake – 230 FPS Max.
  • Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 9 to 10 – Parental Supervision – Max 25yrds Orange Stake – 220 FPS Max.
  • Jr. Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 0 to 8 – Parental Supervision – Max 15yrds Yellow Stake – 220 FPS Max.

All Classes Will Be ASA Rules Places: 1-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-Unlimited Shooters 1st,2nd, and 3rd Places. Scoring is 0,5,8,10,12 NO 14.

Also considering a shooter of the year this time. Will also update as we go along. Please let us know what you, the shooters want!!!

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North Georgia Traditional Archery Club

Regulations

  • Trad bows only. No compounds, no cross bows. This is about the only regulation that we enforce for the entire year.

Regulations for competition (August shoot only)

  • Barebow, no sights. No release aids. No clickers. No string walking.

Shoot fees
Members – $5 each
Non-members – $10 each
Family rate – $15 for everybody in the immediate family

We are located at 2295 Lee Land Road, Gainesville, GA 30507.

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Time for some more 3D!

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Dyrewulf:

That’s a nice buck! Well done!

Originally posted on L I V I N G H E A L T H Y :

On Sunday December 7th I shot and killed my first bow buck! We got to the woods around 2:30 and it is dark by 4:45. I knew the deer were not coming out until around 3:45 from going out previous nights so I had plenty of time. My boyfriend Josh Lindner came with me on a “blind date.” Neither of had been successful during regular season, gun season, and now late season bow hunting. We were starting to think our luck had run out. I had shot my bow over and over and knew I was a good shot. My Strother Hope is an amazing bow as well and out shoots the boys.

Around 4:00 a couple of does started showing up. I knew the deer were hungry so my goal was to harvest a doe so we would have venison in the freezer. Well the does started pilling…

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