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That’s ‘5’ as in ‘5 years now, and counting.’  I’m not done this year, but at this point, I’ve started thinking about turkey hunting more in terms of ‘how far am I going to hike with my Remington 1100 today?’

I hit Paulding Forest both days last weekend, Saturday I hunted north of highway 278, Sunday I headed south of the highway.  I didn’t hear a bird on Saturday, but I did find a couple of sets of tracks and dust wallows.  I also  practiced with my handheld GPS: I’ve had the unit for years (it’s a Garmin eTrex about eight years old,) but never really used it or studied how to use it properly, so shame on me for not learning how to use a good piece of gear.  I also took my Remington 1100, a pair of VERY CHEAP decoys, a slate-style call and water.

Saturday, I followed the WMA ranger road for roughly a mile, calling softly every few minutes to see if I could get a gobble, with no luck.  At the end of that particular road, I hiked out to a point where I could sit and call into the bottom.

Nothing.

After an hour and a half, I used the GPS to navigate back to the truck using the most direct route.  I had started my fitness app on the phone when I left the truck, and paused it every time I stopped, at the end of going up and down all of those hollows, my fitness app told me I burned 2,190 calories.  My legs told me they wanted a divorce. (If you don’t know me personally, I look like the result of Sasquatch going on an all pizza diet for a decade. Yes, I can probably curl an economy car, but anyone who can sprint would easily get away if I was chasing them. 🙂 )

So, I consulted with my Paulding Forest WMA expert, and he said ‘you look tired.’ *insert drumroll here* – Just kidding, he said to scout SOUTH of 278 because the hunting pressure is much lighter on that side of the highway.   So Sunday, that’s where I hunted.

After finding a WMA marker (which is somewhat difficult in places), near a small power line, I decided to pop out of the truck and walk into the woods for a bit.

I would like to point out, both days I entered the woods after dawn – I like to get into the woods an hour BEFORE dawn, but when I don’t know a location, I don’t like taking the risk of an injury, or screwing up somebody else’s hunt, or even ending up on the wrong side of a property line.  Being safe, courteous, and legal is more important to me than what time I get in the woods.

So the power line was a small one, single pole, maybe three actual cables, it doesn’t show up on the WMA maps I printed, and it wasn’t what we think of as a power line cut here in Georgia, which are usually large enough to park an aircraft carrier inside of without touching the trees on either side.  I started walking down the hill, and immediately found wildlife.

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Just after taking the photograph, I heard a gobble, and my heart started thumping.  Working quickly and quietly, I moved to a bend in the cut and set up my hen and jake decoys, then found a patch of thorn bushes to sit behind where I could see and shoot if I had the opportunity.

I hit my slate call with a few clucks, and three gobblers responded.  Three.  One across the road behind the strip of woods behind me, one down the hollow that was a fair distance away, and one that sounded remarkably close.  I waited forever (three or four minutes) and hit the call again, more aggressively this time, and again, three gobblers responded immediately.  I should point out that my skill at using a turkey call is minimal.  As in ‘I can get it to make noises that sound turkey-like.’  For all I know, what the gobblers were hearing is ‘Bug water tree rock! Fat leaf dirt dirt!’ instead of ‘Hey big boys!’

Based on an hour and a half of calling, and an hour and fifteen minutes of gobblers responding, I’m pretty sure I confused all three of the birds to no end.  Yes, I’m sure these weren’t other hunters, the chances of three other hunters ONLY using gobble calls, in those three directions, are very slight.

An hour after the gobblers stopped responding, I decided to pick up the decoys and wander down the hollow to see if I could either tease a gobble after moving a few hundred yards, or locate some tracks or other game sign for information.  I did find some interesting spots in the little creek bottom, but no sign of turkey or other critters.

But there’s always next week.

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This is an email I received yesterday:  One of the proposed regulations would add a feral hog and coyote two week long season on WMA’s, right after turkey season.

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Hunting Regulations Focus at Upcoming Public Hearings

To save folks having to click multiple times, here are the public hearing locations and dates:

PUBLIC MEETINGS AND HEARINGS

Hunting Regulations Public Hearings: Hunters and other interested citizens are invited to attend any of three upcoming public hearings to provide comment on proposed hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons:

APRIL 11, 2017: 7 P.M.

APRIL 12, 2017: 7 P.M.

APRIL 13, 2017: 7 P.M.

  • Sports Complex and Civic Center (786 Austin Avenue East, Pearson, GA)

WRD recognizes that some individuals will not be able to make the public hearings.  At the public hearings, staff will give a brief presentation highlighting major changes in the proposed regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons.

To view a PDF of proposed hunting regulations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 hunting seasons, click HERE (link coming soon).

To view a PDF of the Powerpoint presentation to be presented at the hearings, click HERE (link coming soon).

Those unable to attend a public meeting or hearing may submit comments electronically or by mail. More information found HERE.

And here is the link to the proposed regulations, and recently added regulations:

HUNTING REGULATIONS

The purpose of hunting regulations is to manage Georgia’s game birds and game animals according to principles of sound wildlife management and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources.

PROPOSED REGULATIONS:

RECENTLY APPROVED REGULATIONS:

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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)”

(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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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

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Riverbottom Outdoors Big 40

RBO’S SIXTH ANNUAL BIG 40 3D SHOOT

Come join us on Apr. 23rd & 24th, 2016 for a fun filled weekend of killing foam. We will have 2 – 20 target 3d ranges set up to test your skills. You can shoot all 40 targets in one day or split them up or just shoot 20 targets if you can’t handle the pressure.

CLASSES
Top Shooter – $ 50 50% Payback & Top Shooter Plaque
Open Trophy – $ 50 50%Payback
Known Trophy – $ 40 Plaque – Max. 45yrds – All Known
Hunter – $ 40 Plaque – Max. 40yrds. – All Unknown
Women’s Hunter – $ 40 Plaque – Max.30yrds. – All Known
Bow Novice – $40 Plaque – Max. 30yrds – All Known
High School – $40 Plaque – Ages 15 to 18 – Max. 40yrds
Sr. Eagle – $40 Plaque – Ages 12 to 14 – Max. 30yrds. All Known
Eagle –$15 Medallion for all– Ages 9 to 11 -Max. 20yrds
Jr. Eagle – FREE- Medallion for all – Ages 0 to 8 –Max. 15yrds.
Fun Shoot – $30
Family Price – $60 –( for a Family of 3,over three will be extra $10 each)
Shoot 20 targets for fun at half price

3-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd, 11-500 Shooters 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Camping will be available for those who choose to, their will be some Saturday Night events going on like, the Ranger shoot, Balloon Shoot, also a bon fire.

Food will be provided by RBO (Hamburgers, and Hotdogs, Chips, Drinks)

CONTACT SCOTT AT 678-378-0816 FOR MORE INFO
CONTACT DON AT 678-378-3337 FOR MORE INFO

Saturday

Sweetwater Archery

Well it is that time again!!! Look forward to seeing everyone again. Come out and get ready for the New Breed & Leupold Georgia Pro/Am in Augusta, Georgia Apr 29 – May 1

When: Saturday 04,23,2016
Time: Sign up any time between 8am-2pm

(As long as you have paid and going to the first target by 2:00 you can shoot.)

There will be a Concession stand at this shoot.

Where: Sweetwater Archery Club
7201 Cedar Mountain Road
Douglasville, Ga. 30134

(Across from the Douglasville Animal Shelter and the Douglasville Landfill)

Sportsman’s Outpost (Waverly, AL) (The post says ‘June 23rd,’ but I’m certain he means this Saturday)

We are having a 3D shoot this Saturday, June 23rd. It will be from 8 a.m. with the last card going out at 2 p.m. If you have not shot at the Sportsman’s Outpost there have been some real improvements this year. We have new lanes that have been cut for us to shoot in. We are looking forward to everyone coming out and enjoying a spring day with us. Sportsman’s Outpost in located off Hwy 280 in Waverly, AL.

The Refuge: The Archers for Alzheimer’s Benefit Shoot

Yes, Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, but we are trying to help do something positive about it.

Please come and join us for a benefit, and Bow Shoot that is helping to support the Macon Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association.
This year’s benefit happens April 23rd at the Refuge in Culloden, Ga.

Not only does our support from this benefit shoot go to help find a cure, but it also goes to support Counseling and Distribution of information to people who have the disease,
as well as people taking care of people who have the disease. This counseling and information is offered to those in need at no charge from the Alzheimer’s Association.

We work hard putting this event together and it is a good one.

So, if you like to shoot a bow, (or even if you don’t), please come and support a good cause.

There will be 2 challenging, but fun courses set through the woods with at least 20 targets on each.
One course is for Compound Bows, the other for Stickbows, Recurves and Longbows, (aka Barebows).

Rock Branch Archery (NEGA SOY)

Come on out and join us for rock branch archery last nega soy shoot. April 23 from 8 till 3ish. Hope to see you here.
2969 green acres rd
elberton,ga 30635
bobby 706-318-0610

North Forty Archery

Looking forward to the shoot this Saturday. Looking forward to seeing everyone for a great day of shooting. We will have our Boston butt sandwiches also!!!!! Come out and support the North Forty Warriors with concessions.

Sunday

Gainesville Archery

We’ll be Shooting 2125 Calvary Church Rd, Gainesville GA
registration 8:30-3:00

(In my defense, I was turkey hunting Wednesday…. 😉 )

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Bucks 2 Beards

BUCKS2BEARDS ARCHERY located just across the GA line on hwy 411 is having a shoot this weekend April 9-10 we have the most up to date targets that McKenzie has available with all the 2016 ASA targets to be shot …new cores also so make plans to attend this weekend
Visit our website for more info
Www.bucks2beards.com

Buckeye’s Plantation – GBAA Spring Turkey Shoot

We are proud to be hosting the Spring 3D shoot for the GBAA again this year! Dates are April 9-10, Saturday and Sunday. This is a shotgun start tournament, shoot times both days are 9am and 1pm, with a group gathering 30mins before shoot time to discuss the round. There is a link to the early registration form on the GBAA site, early registration is recommended so that we can start without too much delay both days. Of course, you can register on site but if you do make sure you are there early!!! Format for this year is 30 targets, all known distance, 15 each round. Both rounds can be shot in one day, or you can split them one each day. You can also shoot at 9am one day and 1pm the next, or vice versa, any way you need to make it fit for you. There will be a guest class, if you are not a member of the GBAA!!!(although you will not be eligible to shoot for the championship, I will have awards for the guest class..) Pm me if you have any questions, visit the GBAA website. Looking forward to it!!

http://gbaa.georgiaarchery.com/?p=830

A FEW MORE DAYS LEFT TO REGISTER EARLY!!! GET ONLINE AND SEND IT ON IN, SURE HELPS WITH START TIMES! WEATHER LOOKS GREAT, IF A LITTLE CHILLY IN THE MORNINGS, BUT MUCH BETTER THAN A FLOOD!!!! COME ON OUT!!!
ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT!!!!!

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.

Sunday

I don’t see anyone on Sunday in the GON forums.

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Soulhunters

If you are not shooting the ASA in Texas – We are shooting this weekend April 2nd & April 3rd. Start time 8 am and cut off time is 3 pm. Come out and enjoy the fellowship and the shooting. Be Blessed and Be Ready!

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Buckeye’s Plantation

OK! I’VE HAD SEVERAL MESSAGES, TEXTS…..SO, WE WILL SHOOT NEXT SATURDAY, WEATHER PENDING, SIGN IN FROM 9-2. 20 TARGETS, WE ARE AT OUR NEW LOCATION IN JERSEY, A HALF MILE OR SO FROM THE FARM. THERE IS ANOTHER POST WITH THE CLOSEST PHYSICAL ADDRESS TO THE RANGE, WITH NO ACTUAL STRUCTURE ON THE PROPERTY, THERE IS NO STREET ADDRESS. I’LL EDIT THIS POST WITH A LINK TO THE OTHER POST WITH THE MAP .http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=867237

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I don’t see any shoots that cover both Saturday and Sunday

Saturday

Sweetwater Archery

Well it is that time again!!! Look forward to seeing everyone again. Come out and get ready for the Paris, TX
Shoot March 31 – April 3

When: Saturday 03,26,2016
Time: Sign up any time between 8am-2pm

(As long as you have paid and going to the first target by 2:00 you can shoot.)

There will be a Concession stand at this shoot.

Where: Sweetwater Archery Club
7201 Cedar Mountain Road
Douglasville, Ga. 30134

(Across from the Douglasville Animal Shelter and the Douglasville Landfill)

Appling Archery

3D Critter Shoot

Saturday March 26, 2016
Registration 8am to 2pm
Compound & Traditional Classes

Adults $20, Youth (11-15) $15, Cubs FREE

5701 White Oak Rd
Appling, GA

Lunch available for purchase

Nails Creek Archery

3-d shoot this Saturday at Nails Creek Archery. It is a NEGA SOY shoot and you can still sign up if you haven’t already. Registration from 8am-3pm.
Use 2652 Highway 63 Homer GA 30547 for gps, look for signs. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Sunday

Happy Easter!

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Two days late with this post – I meant to write this up Wednesday night and forgot all about it. 

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I don’t see any two-day shoots this weekend.

Saturday

Altamaha Sportsman Club

There is a new range and 3d course now set up near Hazlehurst GA. Altamaha Sportsman Club
ASA certified
They are having a shoot March 19 2016 beginning at 10

The address to the club is:
113 Lonnie Johnson Rd
Hazlehurst, GA

Hart County Archery

Shooting from 8-3 Saturday. Dad and Eric finished the coarse yesterday. Still time to get in the SOY. See you there.

Bowhunters Supply

March 19 3D Shoot at Bowhunters Supply Store located in Bowdon
Bowhunters Supply Store
1385 E HWY 166 Bowdon GA 30108
Bowhunterssupplystore.net for scores and more information
*** Must shoot with a group or you will be disqualified****

Shooting Times: 8am to 2pm…Daylight Saving Time 8am to 3pm

Classes:
*Open Money – $25 50% Payback – Max. 50yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
*Open Known – $25 50% Payback – Max 50yrds – 290FPS Max.
*Known Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds – 290FPS Max. *Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
*Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12”Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 40yrds. – 280 FPS Max.
*Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 260FPS Max.
*Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 280 FPS Max.
*Youth – $15 Trophy – Ages 13 to 14 – Max. 30yrds. – 240 FPS Max.
*Sr. Eagle – $15 Trophy – Ages 11 to 12 – Parental Supervision – Max. 25yrds. – 230 FPS Max.
*Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 9 to 10 – Parental Supervision – Max. 20yrds. – 220 FPS Max.
*Jr. Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 0 to 8 – Parental Supervision – Max. 15yrds. – 220 FPS Max.

*FAMILY RATE for FUN CLASS ONLY – $ 30.00

*FUN SHOOT – $15.00

3-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-500 Shooters 1st,2nd & 3rd
Scoring is 5,8,10,12.

Must be at least 3 shooters in each class to get Payback or Trophy

Sunday

Riverbottom Outdoors

RIVER BOTTOM OUTDOORS 3-D SHOOTS
15475 Ga. Hwy 34
Franklin, Ga. 30217
E-Mail: riverbottomoutdoors09@yahoo.com

2016 Dates: Jan. 31 ASA Ga. / Al Qualifier, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, Apr. 23 & 24 Big 40, May 22 ASA Ga. / Al Qualifier , Jun. 12, July 9 & 10 Ga. State Championship, Jul. 31, Aug. 28 Hunt Shoot
Shooting Times: 8am to 2pm…Daylight Saving Time 8am to 3pm

Classes:
*Open Money – $25 50% Payback – Max. 50yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
*Open Known – $25 50% Payback – Max 50yrds – 290FPS Max.
*Known Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds – 290FPS Max. *Open Trophy – $15 Trophy – Max. 45yrds. – 290 FPS Max.
*Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, Magnification allowed, 12”Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 40yrds. – 280 FPS Max.
*Women’s Hunter – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 260FPS Max.
*Bow Novice – $15 Trophy – Fixed Pins, No Magnification, 12” Stabilizer, Any Release – Max. 30yrds. – 280 FPS Max.
*Youth – $15 Trophy – Ages 13 to 14 – Max. 30yrds. – 240 FPS Max.
*Sr. Eagle – $15 Trophy – Ages 11 to 12 – Parental Supervision – Max. 25yrds. – 230 FPS Max.
*Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 9 to 10 – Parental Supervision – Max. 20yrds. – 220 FPS Max.
*Jr. Eagle – Free Medallion – Ages 0 to 8 – Parental Supervision – Max. 15yrds. – 220 FPS Max.

*FAMILY RATE for FUN CLASS ONLY – $ 30.00

*FUN SHOOT – $15.00

3-5 Shooters 1st Place, 6-10 Shooters 1st and 2nd Place, 11-500 Shooters 1st,2nd & 3rd
Scoring is 5,8,10,12.

Must be at least 3 shooters in each class to get Payback or Trophy

Directions: Go 3 miles out of Franklin on Hwy 34 East, Driveway across from Heard County Elem. School. More Info Call: 678-378-0816

Concession Stand with, Hamburgers, Drinks, Hotdogs, Candy, etc.

Gainesville Archery Club

We’ll be shooting Sunday 3/20/16
Registration 8:30-3:00
2125 Calvary Church Rd Gainesville Ga

Diamondback Archery

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

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The Georgia R-100

From I-85 North take exit 149 turn left into Highway 441 .In 4.2 miles turn left onto Thomson St. . Turn right 0.2 miles at Hudson Ridge . Go 0.1 miles left on Hudson Valley Dr. Homer Ga.

From I-85 South take exit 149 turn right into Highway 441 .In 4.2 miles turn left onto Thomson St. . Turn right 0.2 miles at Hudson Ridge . Go 0.1 miles left on Hudson Valley Dr. Homer Ga.

Saturday

Strong Rock Outdoors

Prizes
Breakfast
Special Guest Speaker
March 5th, 2016
Strong Rock Christian School – Locust Grove, Georgia
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Refuge Archery Shoot

Shooting will start at 8:00 to 2:30.the bar-b-q man will be serving from 10:00 to 2:30.the weather will be great look foward to seeing everyone and some new people.location 8875 highway 82 spur maysville ga 30558
$20 money classes
$15 trophy classes
$10 youth
$0 cubs

Nelms St Louisville GA

Sunday
I don’t see any shoots on Sunday other than the second day of the R-100.
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