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WILD Facts: Gray foxes at a glance

The gray fox is a common mammal found throughout Georgia as well as most of the United States. Typical size is 8-12 pounds and about 3 feet long. Although mostly gray, this canid has orange fur on its neck, sides and legs. That's why, at a quick glance, some people mistake the gray fox for the slightly larger red fox.

April 29, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Gopher frog head-start program gets much needed boost

SOCIAL CIRCLE - A frog-monitoring program will be receiving some much-needed funds to improve a scarce frog's chances for survival.

April 29, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Tax Day tip: Don’t forget to give wildlife a chance

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Need a reason to smile this Tax Day? Try contributing to Georgia's "Give Wildlife a Chance" state income tax checkoff.

April 29, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Bug spray sales top fishing

Hello friends. Not much to report this week. There has been a record sale on bug spray this year so far.

April 29, 2008 | By Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Migrant Hummingbirds returning to Georgia

FORSYTH - Hang up your feeders and they will come. Ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avian acrobats are returning to Georgia from their wintering grounds to the south.

April 29, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Wildlife camps available for youth this summer

COVINGTON -- The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center between Covington and Jackson will host its sixth annual FFA Wildlife Camp this summer.

April 20, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Commercial cast net, shrimp license lottery on June 3

BRUNSWICK -- Officials at the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources have set the 2008 commercial food shrimp cast net lottery for June 3.

April 20, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD Facts: Birds busy with nesting

Spring has sprung and bird nesting has begun. Species that normally nest in cavities may take up residence in dead trees or birdhouses in your yard. Non-cavity nesters may find your evergreen trees and shrubs particularly attractive for raising young.

April 20, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Take Me Fishing!

SOCIAL CIRCLE -- You can wear your lucky hat and bring your lucky rod, but if you want to make the most of your next fishing trip what you really need is great advice.

April 20, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Georgia’s new fishing regulations now available

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The new 2008-09 Georgia sport fishing regulations are available.

April 13, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Seasonal trout streams opened Saturday

GAINESVILLE - Despite record drought conditions in Georgia, trout anglers can still anticipate exciting fishing this season.

April 13, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD Facts: The king of snakes

The eastern kingsnake is a shiny black snake with thin white or cream-colored bands. This reptile also is called the "chain snake" because the lines that stretch across its back are linked along the sides. The species' typical length is 3-4 feet long, but the record is almost 7 feet.

April 13, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Tight Line for March 30, 2008

Hello friends and fishermen, ole Tight Line here.

April 13, 2008 | By Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


State parks’ spring blooms beckon nature enthusiasts to get outdoors

ATLANTA - As the days become longer and the weather warmer, Georgia's forests become alive with an array of spring blooms including trout lily, wild azaleas, foam flower, trillim, violets and many other brilliant wildflowers.

April 06, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Coastal Shorebird survey results show gains for some species

BRUNSWICK - Early results from a January survey indicate higher numbers of several species of birds were on the coast this year.

April 06, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


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Great competitors make a sport better

Mile 12 of a tough half-marathon. My hamstring is tight, ready to snap like an overstretched rubber band. My lungs are full of fire. My head is pounding harder than my feet. I will run nowhere near as fast as I usually run. No PR’s on this day, yet I feel prouder and more accomplished than ever.

March 31, 2015 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


5 adventures to go on during a visit to Phoenix

PHOENIX, Arizona — Phoenix offers wonderful opportunities for playing golf during the winter and early spring, but here are some lesser known adventures to experience on your next visit.

March 20, 2015 | Adam Straub KSL | Outdoors/Recreation


Boone and Crockett announces new bighorn sheep world record

ALBERTA, Canada — What do black bears, grizzly bears, tule elk and non-typical whitetail deer all have in common? The world records for each animal, as recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club, were not taken by a hunter. Instead, the massive animals died of other causes and were found later and reported.

March 19, 2015 | Grant Olsen KSL | Outdoors/Recreation


Have You Seen This? Riding the white line



SCARY TOWN — I am not an extreme sport guy. I wish I were, it’d make me much cooler. In fact, my wife and I just got life insurance, and we were asked the following questions: Do you SCUBA dive? Do you skydive? Do you rock climb? Do you ski?

March 17, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Outdoors/Recreation


Fond farewells to two dear friends

Hello, folks - Tight Line Jr. here, hoping everyone is staying warm and toasty.

March 16, 2015 | Donny Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Forging friendships through running

Sitting in the car with the heater and seat warmers on full blast, I look out the window at a chilly scene. The wind is howling. The sky is gray. The water on the lake looks as choppy and uneven as my self-cut bangs in third grade. Awake since 4:30 a.m., I’ve already taught a strength training class, thrown a load of laundry in the washer and herded the girls to school. It’s always tempting to drive home and crawl under the covers, but I never do. No matter how tired I am, no matter how ...

March 16, 2015 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Outdoors/Recreation


Research project tracking Golden Eagle

A high-tech research project helped along by a middle Georgia hunt club recently began tracking one of the state's most rare raptors – a golden eagle.

March 12, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


March events at Georgia State Parks and Historic sites

Below is a selection of March events at Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites. For more programs, visit www.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks' web pages. More information on accommodations and recreation can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275. You can also become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our monthly newsletter. Thank you for helping promote Georgia's natural and historic resources!

March 12, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Turkey season opens Saturday

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (March 11, 2015) – Cluck. Purr. Gobble. Have you been practicing your turkey calling skills? Hunters eager for the opening of turkey hunting season in Georgia certainly have. The highly anticipated day is Saturday, Mar. 21 and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division expects that the 2015 season should be a fair one.

March 12, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


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