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I haven’t shot much this year – I’ve been busy with my family (my daughter is 16 years old now), work, and life in general, to the point where archery took a back burner this season.  About a month ago though, one of the state qualifiers at Sweetwater just happened to fall on a day when it was perfect, not raining, good temperature, nothing going on at home, so I grabbed my gear and shot some foam.  I hadn’t even practiced in eight months, so I really went just for fun, but due to just about everybody who scored higher than myself having already qualified, I managed to get on the list for the states.

It was hot. Like ‘Holy Crap!’ hot.  And that was just when I got out of the truck at 7am.  By noon, when we finished up, I stopped at the first gas station on the way back to Doublasville and got two BIG sports drinks, and downed one in the four minutes it took to get to Gables.  I think I finished the other one in about fifteen minutes.

I still haven’t replaced the camera that was destroyed last fall at Joe Kurz WMA, but I did snap a few shots with my phone, towards the end of the day.  Overall, despite only having practiced a few times in the weeks since the qualifier, I was pretty happy with my score, I won’t win anything, but with five 12’s, that’s one of the better results I’ve had in a long time, and I got to meet and shoot with some great people.

This was a target towards the end of one of my courses – the sun was behind it, we couldn’t SEE anything on it, but the Senior Eagle I was shooting with made a GREAT shot, and the two adults (including myself) were pretty happy to have a neon-green aiming point on the target.

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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

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.

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)


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

Governor’s Gun Club shoots indoor Tuesday and Thursday nights – I sent a message to see if it was ‘Tuesday Vegas round, Thursday D.A.I.R. targets’  but nobody got back to me. *shrug*

Both Days

3D – ASA McKenzie Classic – (Cullman, AL)



3D – Mountain Grace – (Hiawassee, GA) (Registration from 7:30 – 8:30, shotgun start at 9am)



Nobody. Zilch, zip, zero. Nada.



(I’ll be somewhat scarce this weekend: I’m going to try to shoot Sweetwater EARLY Saturday, but I have to pick my daughter up at the airport at 1pm.  Sunday, I have a project for work that I have to do at 6am. On Sunday. Six. A. M. *sigh*)

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


Indoor – Governor’s Gun Club shoots indoor Tuesdays and Thursdays – I believe practice starts at 6:30 – shoots start at 7pm. From what I’m told Tuesdays are Vegas targets, Thursdays are the 14-12-10-8 ASA indoor targets. (D.A.I.R. targets)


JOAD – This week is also the Outdoor 130th US National Target Championships: Easton JOAD Nationals and US Open in Hamilton, Ohio. (Wed-Sun)

3D – Riskyb posted a 3D pickup shoot at Charlie Elliot Friday morning – just a fun shoot at the Wildlife Management Area for anyone who is interested.


Both Days

3D – Davey Mountain Archery – (Warne, NC) (Davey Mountain FaceBook Page)

3D – BowDoc’s Archery – (Cleveland, TN)

3D – Bucks2Beards – (Old Fort, TN)



3D – Sweetwater Archery – (Douglasville, GA)

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

3D – Destiny Farm Archery (Coon Shoot) – (Thompson, GA)

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

3D – Soul Hunters – Church Shoot – (No location listed)



3D – Riverbottom Outdoors – (Franklin, GA)

3D – NGC Amicalola *4th leg of the NGA Shooter of the Year* – (Dawsonville, GA)

3D – Shiloh Archery – (Hahira, GA) ***CANCELLED – per the post on their FaceBook page July 3rd***




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


Indoor – Governor’s Gun Club shoots Tuesday and Thursday night every week


Both Days

3D – Riverbottom Outdoors ***Georgia State ASA Championship*** (Franklin, GA)

3D – Bucks 2 Beards – (Old Fort, TN)



900 – Georgia Games – (Conyers, GA)

3D – North Forty Archery (?)



3D – Archery Connection (Phenix City, AL)

3D – Culpepper Outdoors (Thompson, GA)


I’ll post more as we get closer to August, but here’s the flyer for our2nd annual August Cystic Fibrosis “Shoot for a Cure” benefit.

Click to donate!

Click to donate!

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

Our May shoot is this weekend – meaning we’ve only got two more regular shoots for the year and the Duck Craze shoot.

Another quick note – Monroe’s Archery in Barnesville, GA. has a Thursday Night Jackpot shoot  May 15th, and from what the post says, it’s every other Thursday.

Both Days

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

3D – Harvest Archery – (north of Dayton, TN)

900 – Outdoor GBAA State Target – (Gainsville, GA)



3D – 323 Archery (Douglasville, GA) 🙂

3D – Christian Bowhunters of Georgia – (Covington, GA)

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

3D – Mt.Olivet Baptist Church – (Warne, NC)

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



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

3D – Riverbottom Outdoors *GA STATE QUALIFIER* – (Franklin, GA)

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



Brad, Lee, Danny and myself on Target #2.

Brad, Lee, Danny and myself on Target #2.

Georgia Outdoor News

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Kill a coyote, save a fawn… and you might win!

By Daryl Kirby
Originally published in the May 2014 issue of GON

Click to go to the original article

Click to go to the original article

It’s time to do something. 

The days of denying coyotes have a dramatic impact on wildlife are over. It took studies by top university researchers to convince some folks of what hunters have been saying for years. Coyotes, without a doubt, are hammering fawns.

It’s not just deer that are taking a hit. Turkey reproduction numbers have dropped off the map. Are dramatically fewer poults being seen the past five years the result of turkeys suddenly having “filled their habitat range” so they are “self-regulating” their numbers and having fewer poults? Tell my buddy who has beautiful hardwood bottoms and ridges mixed with green fields, but very rarely does a turkey pass through. A hen did try to nest in a food plot last year—he found a pile of feathers and broken-up turkey eggs.

I know rabbit hunters who have tracts they’ve run dogs on for years—without killing rabbits—where the dogs now never strike a trail.

What changed in the Georgia woods? It’s the coyotes.

Yet, for whatever reason, there are still those in the hunting/conservation community who dismiss the coyote issue. We have to learn to live with coyotes, they say. 

Coyotes are not native to Georgia. We—and our wildlife—don’t have to find a way to be neighborly with yotes. 

Quite frankly, we’re weary of the excuses on why not to do something about coyotes. Heaven forbid if an invasive mollusk showed up in a stream or an invasive weed was found in a stand of longleaf pines—there would be enough federal money to sink a ship pouring in to get rid of those invasives.
Coyotes? We get shrugs of indifference. I personally heard a wildlife biologist tell a group of landowners that research indicates coyotes might have an impact in some areas, but that in other areas where hunting isn’t prevalent, coyotes are probably doing everyone a favor. Let that sink in a bit as you ponder the quality of your hunting the past five years.

It’s time to do something. 

The 1st inaugural GON Coyote Cull isn’t going to solve the coyote problem, but it’s a start. Go kill one. Read the trapping article in the June issue of GON. It includes detail that could get you started running a few traps, even if just for a weekend. If trapping is not your thing, go coyote hunting.

The idea behind the Coyote Cull is simply to give everyone a little extra incentive to spend a weekend at the hunting property this time of year working on the coyotes.

Kill one. Have someone take a picture of you with the dead coyote, and you need to be holding a copy of this month’s GON. This is simply so folks can’t enter with a picture of a coyote killed last year. Don’t share your coyote so your buddy can enter—we’ll have a polygraph.

Consider this. A professional trapper just caught 11 coyotes on a Morgan County tract. He removed them to a live pen. That night, one female had seven pups and another had nine. Think about that next time you hear someone say killing a coyote will somehow just make things worse.

It’s fawning time, and turkey poults are about to hatch. Take out a coyote right now, and it will make a difference. 

Read more and learn how to enter HERE.