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
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.
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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.
Our fishing has been real slow; however it looks like it is starting to improve.
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.
What to watch, attend:
Church members and local outdoorsmen gathered Jan. 25 in Gum Branch Baptist Church's fellowship hall for its 10th annual wildlife feast.
Due to their strong association with the military, Hinesville Rotary Club members are used to hearing presentations by Army Rangers.
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and the National Wild Turkey Federation are partnering to provide 10 youth an opportunity to learn about turkey conservation and experience hunting turkey with a guide.
Joseph Walraven got into powerlifting because he wanted to get in shape, but it's become a way he can help someone else get well.
BRUNSWICK - Thanks to some helpful fishermen, the Department of Natural Resources is learning more about one of the latest biological invaders to be found along the Georgia coast.
Hello, friends and neighbors all around the coastal area. The fishing as of late has been somewhat slow because of the cold weather. However, I do have some reports of locals, who wish to remain anonymous, catching plenty of trout out around the St. Catherines Island area. They mostly are using live shrimp and, occasionally, artificial bait.
Calling all kids who want to learn how to hunt turkey and have fun doing it.
Fort Stewart youths, ages 10-16, are invited to sign up for a shotgun-orientation class from 8 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Holbrook Outdoor Recreation Center
MANSFIELD - For hunting enthusiasts who have dreamed of going beyond the rifle-shooting basics but weren't sure where to start, the Family Day at the Range series provides an opportunity. The sessions will offer training courses for participants who want to learn about or advance their knowledge of firearms safety. Attendees also will get the chance to shoot a variety of firearms.
BRUNSWICK - Georgia's food shrimp harvest season has come to an end for the year with the official closing Tuesday afternoon.
WAYCROSS - Commercial fishermen can take to the water at 6 a.m. Jan. 1, which is the opening day of the state's shad season, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division. Shad season runs through midnight Monday, March 31.
Hello, friends and neighbors, Tight Line Jr. coming to you with a nice little holiday treat.
SOCIAL CIRCLE - More than 300,000 hunters pursue the white-tailed deer in Georgia. As a reminder to hunters, there was a regulation change in the number of available days to take deer of either sex depending on the type of equipment used and the area of the hunt, beginning this month.
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?