You know the local lake that you spend all your time fishing? The one with all those houses that line the shore - the houses with all the boat docks? Those docks might be clogged with people loading and unloading boats and having all kinds of fun, but some of the best crappie fishing can be found directly below them at almost any time of year.
Black bear images spark a wide array of human emotions. Curiosity and awe come to mind for some; caution and fear emerge for others. When observed in populated areas, panic proves the most common reaction. Yet, as spring approaches and the likelihood of bear sightings increases, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages residents to educate themselves by being "bear aware."
Very little fishing activity on the coast this past week There is very little fishing activity this week because of windy conditions and the recent cold front that made its way to our area. Ray Goodman from Yellow Buff fishing camp had very little to report as well. The one report we have is from Buddy Smith who landed some sheephead. Goodman has some live minnows and fiddlers and he hopes to have some live ...
Gone are the days of backyard potlucks. Groups today are choosing to travel, sometimes planning entire weekends of activities, for their gatherings. From family reunions to spiritual retreats, Georgia's 48 State Parks provide the perfect setting for social get-togethers.
As spring arrives, backyard gardeners and landscapers begin the yearly task of beautifying their outdoor environments. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recommends that amateur and professional gardeners, regardless of the yard size, consider building a place for wildlife while planning for spring gardens.
I have some good fishing reports this week. Most of the fishing reports were given to me by Rayburn Goodman, from Yellow Bluff fishing camp. But, Donnie Branch, my son, caught a 6-1/2 lb, 25-inch bass just off Planting Hammock on Tuesday.
The Liberty County Bass Club hosted a fishing tournament at Kings Ferry on the Ogeechee River in Richmond Hill on March 3.
Special to the Courier By Hank Parker Whether you just got a new boat or your old one spent the winter months parked in the garage, you've got to be excited about the fact that the calendar now says it's March. Regardless of what the weather is like at your place right now (I thought the groundhog didn't see his shadow this year), we're only a few weeks away from spring. And if you're like ...
Sumter Utilities' Gary Davis (front) and his crew, David Smith, Jami Johnson, Michael Waters and Calvin Thomas, replace a fishing-line-entangled power line over Riceboro Creek at Highway 17. The Sumter employees, who work in the area under a contract with Georgia Power, got the job after Dot Moss and county Commissioners Eddie Walden and Pat Bowen contacted Robert Stokes, Georgia Power's area director. Stokes arranged the details.
Magnolia Manor on the Coast in Richmond Hill will welcome Paul Moffatt Pressly as guest speaker in their Renaissance Lecture Series. Pressly will enlighten guests to facts about Ossabaw Island as well as give a snapshot of the Island's activities today.
Commentary As the Courier hopes to increase its coverage of hunting in the area, I knew I had to familiarize myself with the topic, while coming to grips with the embarrassing fact that I had never shot a gun. That changed two days ago. While spending the last 23 years of my life in Ohio, one would justly assume that a deer head would hang above my stove where a fresh pot of venison stew ...
Our fishing has been real slow; however it looks like it is starting to improve. I received some reports of good catches of sheephead this week from Rayburn Goodman of Yellow Bluff Fishing Camp and he has live fiddlers and live minnows. These are the catches from the past weekend: Mike Bell fishing with Tony Bell and Billy and Allen Myrick, landed 30 sheephead, 20 pumpie and 50 black sea bass; Tony Phillips and party ...
The Georgia Coastal Management Program's (GCMP) Coastal Advisory Council's winter quarterly meeting is set for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 26 at the conference room of the Coastal EMC in Midway. The Coastal EMC is on Highway 17 about two miles south of Midway (off exit 76, west of 1-95). Council meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. Council meetings offer members and the public the ability to remain informed on ...
CUMBERLAND ISLAND - Drops of moisture fall from the Spanish moss that hangs from live oaks onto the fan-shaped palmetto fronds below. A hungry armadillo busily scavenges under vines and ferns. A breeze off the teal Atlantic plays with the mane of a sturdy feral horse trotting on the ivory sand dunes.
Submitted Most bird watchers have a favorite, which for many in Georgia is the brown thrasher, the state bird. But another species, the purple martin, generates enormous excitement and passion. Georgians have a long tradition of hosting purple martins, a swallow species. Because martins are totally dependent on humans for housing, landlords anxiously await their return each year and post reports of scouts on an online data base at purplemartin.org - maintained by the Purple ...
Question: After completing my round the other day, I was asked by another player, John, to explain a potential rules infraction that had occurred in his foursome. John said that Jack's ball had come to rest on the fringe of the green but up against the rough collar. Jack then took out his driver and used it to move his ball one club length from its original spot. John did not think this was legal under the rules of golf. Was it legal?
Hello, friends and neighbors. I hope everyone is doing well this fall season.
BRUNSWICK - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources sought to enhance offshore fishing opportunities with the recent deployment of materials at Artificial Reef KC, 9 nautical miles east of Wassaw Island.
With nearly 6,000 acres, including two lakes, Hard Labor Creek State Park is second in size only by F.D. Roosevelt State Park near Columbus, which boasts more thank 9,000 acres. But being second doesn't prevent this park from offering big fun to the thousands who visit each year.
Many of Georgia's 56 state parks and historic sites sit on prime real estate. Tugaloo State Park is one of them. It's on a wooded peninsula that touches the shores of the nearly 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell. Tugaloo is a water-sports paradise.
STATESBORO - Work has begun to build Georgia Southern University's $5.8 million Shooting Sports Education Center.
SOCIAL CIRCLE - The period for public comments on Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division upcoming deer-management plan will end Friday.
A group of "modern-day treasure hunters" got the chance to camp out Saturday at Fort McAllister State Historic Park as part of the State Park system's geocaching program.
SOCIAL CIRCLE - Given the amount of rainfall this spring and summer, there should be lots of water and plenty of places to go duck hunting later this month, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.
The public shooting range at Richmond Hill Wildlife Management Area will close for an estimated two months beginning Nov. 15, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division.
Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to the public for two full days, Friday-Saturday, while the refuge's annual deer hunt is being conducted.
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge will host its 18th annual mobility-impaired hunt Tuesday and Wednesday. Fifteen hunters who are permanently confined to wheelchairs for mobility were selected to hunt deer and feral hogs on the refuge for the two-day event.
ATLANTA - Damon Elmore, an Atlanta-area HR executive and Georgia lawyer, is determined to put the wheels of his bike down in every Georgia county, hoping to raise more than $31,000 for the Georgia Legal Services Program and Willie Dean Ministries in Atlanta.
The Hinesville Hurricanes, a semi-professional football team, will have its annual pre-season team and coaches meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Live Oak Church of God, 296 Live Oak Church Road in Hinesville. This season, the team will participate in the Elite America Football league and begin play in February. Potential players, ages 18 and older, are encouraged to attend the meeting. The season will feature five home and five away games. For more ...