Went back to the hogs-only property for a few hours yesterday to scout a new area. Saw more deer (4-6, they were a couple of hundred yards away in high grass) and thunder chickens, an actually saw some decent hog sign, but I didn’t spot any hogs.

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Bobby had a big grin on his face at the shop todayūüôā

I see bucks, at least four different ones, though these photos are the only two I could get on camera. (Keep in mind, I’m using a ten year old Fuji FinePix that isn’t even 8 megapixel.) And I can only shoot hogs on this property. *sigh*

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Frustrating, trying to find an open public hunting area this year, isn’t it? ¬†The DNR has eight public hearings coming up in January – I highly recommend folks attend these hearings and join the discussion.

From Georgiawildlife.com:

“PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

Hunting Regulations Public Meetings: Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to attend any of eight upcoming public meetings regarding the development of hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons:

JAN. 9, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Merle Manders Conference Center (111 Davis Road, Stockbridge, GA¬†30281)
  • Stellar Center (144 Stellar Drive, Brunswick, GA¬†31525)

JAN. 10, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Southern Regional Technical College (800 Veterans Parkway North, Moultrie, GA¬†31788)
  • Southeastern Technical College (3001 East 1st Street, Vidalia, GA¬†30474)

JAN. 11, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Augusta Tech College (216 Hwy. 24 South, Waynesboro, GA¬†30830)
  • Middle Georgia State University-Dillard Hall (1100 Second Street, SE, Cochran, GA¬†31014)

JAN. 12, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Lion’s Club Barn (1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA¬†30540)
  • Banks Co. High School (1486 Historic Homer Hwy., Homer, GA¬†30547)”

For 2016 Рthe Georgia Department of Natural Resources is instituting a game check system: all turkey and deer MUST be entered on your harvest record and checked through the Game Check system within 72 hours.

 

I also see two new Wildlife Management Areas and a new Outdoors Georgia app.

The new WMA’s are Altama Plantation, “The Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently announced the opening of a 3,986-acre tract in Glynn County along I-95 and the Altamaha River, known as Altama Plantation WMA.” (GON.com, Jan 7 2016¬†)and Buck Shoals WMA. (The only ‘good’ information on Buck Shoals that I can find is above in the PDF.)

 

 

Yeah, no. Just no. ¬†The wife and I took a drive up to John’s Mountain yesterday, specifically past the shooting range, which was packed as usual, and drove up through that section. ¬†The WMA road at that point hits a ‘T’ intersection that dead ends in both directions, but Danny and I drove it in January and spotted some decent deer sign at the time, so I wanted to peek around during the summer.

It rained off and on yesterday in that part of Georgia, which simply turned it into a sauna. When I did get out of the truck, it was like having five layers of steamed wool blankets dropped on my head.  Between the heat, and the dense foliage, all we managed to see was some deer at Berry College as we drove by, and my favorite tree.

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My hat is off to folks who can scout when it’s 95′ with over 60% humidity. ¬†I can do it, but without a specific goal in mind, such as ‘I know a piece of property very well, I just need to check traffic patterns, or a trail camera, at THIS spot,’ I’m not going to randomly wander about and sweat without a reason.

Hopefully, we’ll get a few cooler days in the weeks ahead, where I can get into out into the woods without doing a Frosty impersonation.

Good luck this weekend down at Riverbottom Outdoors

I only shot two qualifiers this year, and didn’t qualify, after that family issues and work ate up my time and I haven’t been to a 3D shoot since, but best of luck to everyone, and remember to BE SAFE!

 

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(Sorry I’ve been absent lately, much to do and little time to do it in.)

It’s that time of year again: time to put in for quota hunts or add to your preference points!

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Click to go to the Georgia DNR Quota Hunt page

Remember – if you just want to build preference points, select a quota hunt, but don’t select a hunt choice – the system will automatically add a preference point to your account after the close of open registration.

(I see a note in the forums that CBG is cancelling their shoot for this weekend due to a scheduling conflict on the property.)

Lots of shoots this weekend: nothing within easy driving distance o’ my house though.

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Both Days

Bucks 2 Beards Archery

Everyone make plans to attend this weekends Tri State GA/TN/AL ASA Qualifier at Bucks2Beards located just north of Chatsworth Ga on the south side of Cleveland TN
we will have the same range that ASA shoots with all the current targets …make plans to come out we will be giving away special gift cards this weekend for Outback steakhouse and Sons of Grant sporting goods to some lucky shooters !!!!

www.bucks2beards.com for more info

North Forty Archery 2 Day Shoot- May 14 & 15

We will be having our 2 Day Multiple Registration shoot this coming weekend (May 14 and 15). Shoot as many times as you would like, and we will keep your highest score. We will have reduced entry fees for multiple rounds. We will have a raffle for a Black Elite Synergy bow that will be drawn on Sunday, May 15th. The tickets will be $20.00 each. Buy several tickets to increase your chance to win this great bow! Look forward to seeing everyone!

 

Saturday

Hart County Archery

Shooting this Saturday 8-3pm. It’s a good set up. See you then!
Elias P Jenkins rd, Hartwell Ga

Crossroads Church Bow Shoot

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Allens United Methodist 3D Shoot

Saturday May 14th Registration open at 12:00 shoot starts at 1:00.Shotgun start 20 3D targets Range.Sportsman dinner to follow the shoot(donations only)Kids and adult long shot competition.Great food and giveaways.Location is 15577 Highway 106 Martin Georgia 30557. Come out and have some great food and fellowship.

 

Sunday

Diamondback Archery Shop

Diamondback Archery Shop 3D shoot schedule. Address will be Superior Way Thomson GA 30824
February 7
March 20
April 10
May 15
June 19
July 17
August 14
Classes will be known 50 money, Open money/trophy men/women, Hunter, Youth, Cub, Traditional, Crossbow Money class . Known $25, Open $20, Adult trophy classes $15 Youth $10 Cubs $5 There will be a top5 shoot down for the Known money. Registration 9-2 drinks and food available James 706-872-4336. Olin 706-361-1675

Gainesville Archery Club – ASA Qualifier

We’ll be hosting Qualifier Sunday 5/15/16
registration 8:30-3:00
Guest class for those not qualifing

Both Days

I don’t see anything in the forums for both days.

Saturday

Refuge Archery Shoot

It’s that time again.The shoot will start at 8:30 til 2:30.Come out and shoot and eat some great BAR-B-Q and have some great fellowship.We are located at 8875 Hwy 82 spur in Maysville Ga 30558.Hope to see you there

Noble Archery: Archery Fest 2016

ARCHERY FEST 2016 : This archery tournament will be paying back CASH the top three places in each class ! All ASA rules & Classes ! It will be one 10 target course set up for compound bows only with known yardage out to 40yards ! Course two traditional only unknown out to 25 yards ! Entry fee $15 per shooter ! Everyone is welcome ! Come be a part of something great ! Archery Fest 2016 ! Amen! 423-322-8511

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Sunday

Sunday is Mother’s Day: no shoots that I can see.