Archive for August, 2014

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Governor’s Gun Club shoots indoors Tuesday and Thursday nights


Both Days

Nobody. Nada. Zilch. Nuffin.



3D – Bowhunter’s Supply Extreme Hunting Shoot – (Bowdon, GA)

3D – Culpepper Outdoors Hunting Tournament – (Thompson, GA)

3D – Rock Branch Archery Hunter’s Shoot – (Elberton, GA)  *Also Shooter of the Year awards*



3D – Amicalola Bowhunters Bowhunter’s Warmup – (Dawsonville, GA)

3D – Destiny Farm Archery Hunter’s Shoot (Thomson, GA) ***CANCELLED***

3D – Shiloh Archery Bow Hunting Shoot – (Hahira, GA) *it’s on the calendar, but nothing in the forums.*


Of course, this is a holiday weekend, those are always a bit peculiar when it comes to events.


Here are the scores* from Saturday’s shoot:  Unclaimed trophies can be picked up at Gable Sporting Goods.

Open Money
Anson Wilson 200
R.C. Shoemake 196
Jay Arnold 194
Rick Martin 187



Known 45
James Tayler 218
Chad Thigpen 214
Jonathan Post 214
David Carney Jr. 206
Tim Howren 196
Ben Walls 196
Todd Calhoun 185
Tyler Dickinson
David Carney Sr.



Hunter Class
Sean Simmons 206
Daryl Smallwood 200
Rusty Allison 196
Jonathan Post 194
James Taylor 194
Van Arnold 192
Ryan Shevlin 184
Buddy Allison 183
Keith Wood 180
Bobby Davis 178
Tyler Daniel 176
Craig Freeze 171
Jimmy Sturword 171
Brad Taylor 168
Wesley Dickinson 168
Robert Nash 165
Steve Camp 164
Roger Smelser 163
Niko Depofi 156
Sam Swertfager 153
Allen Walker 135
Will Branden 123
Bobby Weekley
Todd Sumner
Tony Accorsi
Andy Lyman
Jack Tucker
Julie Tucker



Bow Novice
Charles Johnson 201
Tyler Butler 200
Thor Nichols 198
Chris Brady 191
Brad Rhodes 181
Reece Abernathy 180
Christian Brady 175
Josh Driver 172
Jeff Rhodes 169
Chandler Williams 160


Women’s Hunter
Sian Weekley 195
Madison Allison 187
Carrie Driver 187
Jaime Daniel 172
Kristie McCulloch 135
Julie Rhodes 87



Trent Foster 171
Lilla Arnold 114
Preston Diller 79


Fun Shoot
Matt Beheler
Stuen Allen
Casey Beaver
Kevin Hawk
Melinda Hawk
James Hawk
Brix Berry
Bryce Yerkey
Ryan Reagan
Derrek Denard
Josh Denard
Kevin Roberson
Taylor Roberson
Lathem Moss




From the Shooting for a Cure to Cystic Fibrosis FaceBook page:


Now for the BIGGEST WINNER: (Drum Roll)
They will be receiving a total of
from Shooting for a Cure!!
Many, many THANKS to our 32 Volunteers, 78 Participants and 27 Sponsors who made it all happen!

Click the image below to go to their gallery of the event.


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

Governor’s Gun Club shoots indoor Tuesdays and Thursdays

Both Days

3D- Full Draw Archery – (Rocky Face, GA)



3D – 323 Archery SHOOT FOR A CURE: Cystic Fibrosis Benefit (Douglasville, GA)

3D – Soul Hunters Church Archery Shoot – (Toccoa, GA)

3D – Elbert County Archery Club – (Elberton, GA)

3D – Christian Bowhunters/Ace Award shoot – (Social Circle, GA?)



3D – Riverbottom Outdoors Hunt Shoot – (Franklin, GA)

3D – NGA Shooter of the Year – (Gainsville, GA) ***This is also a charity shoot***

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

3D – Fort Gordon Outdoor Recreation – (Fort Gordon, GA)



Click to donate!

Click to donate!

More details:

2 GIVEAWAYS for all Participants


(Every participant will receive 1 FREE chance to win)

*A 2-Day Bow Hunt for Deer in Western Kentucky (DONALDSON CREEK OUTFITTERS)


*An Elite Bow of your choice ($850 value)


Extra chances can be bought for $5/chance


Money Classes: (60% payback) $25 

  • Open Money – 45 yd
  • Known 45 – 45 yd

Trophy Classes: $20 (Trophies presented at 4:30pm)

  • Hunter – Max 40 yd
  • Women’s Hunter – Max 30 yd
  • Bow Novice – Max 30 yd

Fun Shoot  $10

Youth (12 & under) FREE w/paying adult*

*Family of  3 or more $40 max


BBQ Plate: BBQ Sandwich, bowl of stew, slaw, chips, pickle


  • First shot at 20 yd
  • Contintue at 10 yd increments until you miss
  • Prizes for the winner (longest distance)
  • 3 Classes: *Money *Hunter/Women & *Youth

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

Both Days

3D – Davey Mountain – (Warne, NC)

3D – Rock Branch Archery – (Elberton, GA)



3D – Sweetwater Archery – (Douglasville, GA)

3D – Grove Archery Shoot – (Maysville, GA)

3D – Bowhunter’s Supply – (Bowdon, GA)  (Updated – they posted in GON.COM today.)

3D – Buckeyes Plantation – (Social Circle, GA)

3D – Cottonmouth Classic – (Louisville, GA)

3D – Lee County Bow Hunters – (Waverly, AL)

ALC Summer Night Shoots  ***CANCELLED***

900 Round – GAC Moonlight Madness – (Cumming, GA)



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

3D – NGC Soul Hunters – ***Rescheduled to August 23rd***

3D – Southern Bowhunters Association – (Tifton, GA)  (I see this in the calendar, but not in the forums, and their FaceBook hasn’t been updated since 2013)


3 12's! Very happy with this shot

3 12’s! Very happy with this shot

Thank you to the folks who came out to shoot, Saturday.  Most of us shot in the ‘Fun’ class, there really weren’t any scores in other classes to report. (i.e. only one person per class.)




I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on.

I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat, too. I’m only a self-trained butcher, but I process five or six animals each fall, and have been doing so for a decade or more.

I’m no Scott Leysath, either, but my wife and I do eat venison in some form two or three meals per week, year-round. I think we eat pretty good.

Some things consistently make venison really tasty. And some things will ruin the flavor, too. Here are a dozen of the worst offenders.

1. Poor Field Care

In the real world of hunting, things happen. We all make bad shots on occasion. And while we know not to “push” a deer that’s been hit marginally, realize that the longer it takes for the animal to die and the farther it runs, the more adrenaline and lactic acid builds up in the animal’s system and muscles. Ever had a glass of good-tasting acid? I didn’t think so.

The faster a deer hits the ground and can be field-dressed, the better the meat will be. Some of the best-tasting deer I’ve ever had have been shot in the head with a gun. The animal is killed instantly, and the meat is uncontaminated by blood and entrails from the chest cavity. That said, head shots are risky. The lungs remain the best place to aim.

click to go to the full article at Realtree

click to go to the full article at Realtree

2. Failure to Cool Quickly

Internal bacteria rapidly takes over after death, expelling gases and causing the animal to bloat. That’s the first step in decomposition. This process is accelerated in warm weather. Learn how to field dress a deer, and get to it ASAP. Removing those organs is the first step in cooling the animal down.

On a cold night—in the mid-30s or lower—a deer can be left hanging skin-on overnight. In especially cold weather, some hunters like to age a deer in such a manner for several days (more on aging in a bit). I live in a warm climate, and most of the deer I shoot in a season’s time are during early bow season, so I don’t have that luxury. When I find my deer and get it field-dressed, I plan on having it skinned, quartered and on ice within the hour.

3. Shot the Wrong Deer

Modern deer hunters are in tune with deer herd management. We’ve learned of practices that contribute to the health of a herd, including which deer to shoot. Given the chance, most of us want to shoot a mature buck with big antlers. Me included.

Old bucks are perfectly edible, but rarely the best. Muscles get tougher with use and stringy with age. An old buck that’s spent a full autumn fighting, rubbing, scraping and chasing does will be lean. Expect chewy steaks. Same thing goes for an old doe that’s burned all her summertime calories producing milk to nurse fawns. I usually make hamburger, sausage and jerky out of such animals.

For steaks, you can’t beat a young, crop-fed deer. Deer that spend a summer munching on corn and soybeans have an easier life—and more fattening food sources—than those that spend a lifetime wandering the big timber in search of scattered mast and browse.

The tastiest venison I’ve ever eaten came from a 1 ½-year-old fork horn shot through the neck near a picked corn field during early bow season. That young deer had nothing to do all summer except get fat. Am I saying to forgo everything the QDMA is teaching and whack every young buck that walks by? No. But I am saying if a deer for the freezer is your goal, young bucks from the early season are usually good eating, and have more meat than does to boot. If you want to shoot one and it’s legal, go for it. You don’t owe anyone an apology.


Read the rest of the tips at Realtree

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As a side note, IF you end up with terrible tasting venison, you can simply BRINE the meat to leach the nastiness out of it, then cook it however you like.   To brine the meat, mix salt, sugar, and water at room temperature, mix until the salt and sugar dissolve, then soak the meat for a few hours to overnight. You can also add in seasonings during the brining to help with the flavor.  – Niko


Venison backstrap from a gnarly ol’ buck brining in salt, water, and sugar


After slicing, marinating in soy, worchestershire and hickory salt, a few hours in the oven produced LOVELY jerky.

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

Both Days

3D – GBAA State – (Norcross, GA)

3D – Bucks2Beards – (Old Fort, TN)

3D – Benton Shooters’ Supply – (Benton, TN)

3D – B.C. Grant – (Alto, GA)



3D – 323 Archery – (Douglasville, GA)

3D – Strong Rock (Locust Grove, GA)

3D – North Forty Archery Club – (Cochran, GA)



3D – Bad to the Bone – (Cartersville, GA)

3D – Redneck Archery Club – (Griffin, GA) This is the Redneck Rendezvous shoot

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Georgia Outdoor News

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From deer to dove to ducks, you’re missing out if you don’t take a kid on some of these special hunts.

By Danny Leigh
Originally published in the August 2014 issue of GON


Brian (left) and Josh Leigh spend some time with their dog Gracie at the 2006 Walton Public Dove Field.

Georgia is truly blessed with a variety of public hunting opportunities. From the mountains in the north, Piedmont hills in the central part of the state and to sandy hills and swamps in the south, we truly have a huge variety of land to hunt.

Having two boys born in the 1990s and watching them grow up made me want to get them in the woods. I first started taking the boys dove hunting when they were 5 and 7, and even though they were not big enough to shoot yet, they enjoyed being in the field and fetching the few doves I knocked down. We started hunting the adult/child hunts at J.L. Lester, and eventually moved over to the Walton Public Dove Field.

One of the most memorable dove hunts we had was when I was accompanied by my dad, my two boys and two other dads and their sons. We were hunting the Walton field, and the birds were flying fairly well most of the day, but by 4 p.m. the birds were pouring into the field. One of the adults limited out and gradually the kids started reaching their limits. At the end of the hunt, the DNR staff always has a raffle for the kids and even a chance at a shotgun.

We hunted Walton for several years, and for a little more variety, we tried Redlands WMA’s adult/child dove hunt. The hunts at Redlands and Walton are very similar, and both usually have a good number of birds.

Dove hunting for us is traditionally the start of the hunting season, but before the first dove season even ends, we are planning for deer and hog hunting. One of best public places in Georgia to take both deer and hogs is Ossabaw Island. Its adult/child hunt falls during Thanksgiving when the kids are out of school. With the great hunting success on Ossabaw comes high demand to hunt the island. Most years it takes at least one rejection to be picked for the adult/child hunt on Ossabaw, but when the kids do get picked, it’s like winning the lottery. The first year the boys hunted the island they were 9 and 11, and they had two other buddies along for the hunt.

Read more at Georgia Outdoor News