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Right whale freed from ropes

Federal and state workers Thursday freed a 2-year-old right whale calf entangled in ropes off the coast of Georgia.

February 16, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Quality winter crappie in deep, cool waters

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Springtime is not the only ideal time for crappie fishing in Georgia. The brief winter season also produces excellent results, and several reservoirs across the state offer rewards for anglers willing to brave the bitter cold temperatures.

February 09, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Almost too cold to fish

Hello, friends and fisherman. Tight Line Jr., here. Well, with all the cold weather this week there was not much fishing going on, but I do have one good report from some good ol' boys that came all the way from Tattnall County.

February 09, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation

Improved prospects help equip anglers

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Aimlessly casting a line and hoping for a bite is history thanks to Georgia's new and improved online fishing prospects. Anglers of all skill levels can benefit from the enhanced fishing prospect guides which detail the state's 31 reservoirs and 18 rivers and include maps, local weather forecasts, best bets and species-specific techniques, all in one convenient location - .

February 09, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

WILD facts: Pine Warblers abound

Amidst bare trees and gray skies, the pine warbler brings a punch of color to the winter landscape. This bright yellow songbird typically lives high in pine trees, foraging for insects and pine seeds. However, when cold weather strikes and food is less abundant, pine warblers often venture closer to the ground and into other habitats.

February 02, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Prescribed fire helps forests

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Talk of threats posed by climate change and global warming is not new. Most have heard how emissions from cars, industry and even wildfires affect the atmosphere. What many don't know is there is a significant difference between emissions from prescribed burning and wildfires.

February 02, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Fry ’em up, add some slaw

Hello, friends. Tight Line Jr. here.

February 02, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation

Come join the great backyard bird count

NEW YORK - Bird and nature fans throughout North America are invited to join tens of thousands of bird watchers for the 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count on Feb. 13-16.

February 02, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

WILD facts: Deep, slow winter catch

Although Georgia's lake fish are most active in spring and fall, you can hook one in the winter with a little patience. Fish are cold-blooded, meaning their body temperature matches their environment (in this case, the cold water). Although colder fish are a bit sluggish and don't require as much food to survive, they may still bite.

January 26, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Whooping cranes clear Ga.

Young whooping cranes aren't known for speed but 14 whoopers led on their first migration from Wisconsin by ultralight aircraft breezed through southwest Georgia in slightly more than a day last week.

January 26, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Comment sought on plan to combat invasive species

SOCIAL CIRCLE - A draft plan that targets more than 180 invasive species threatening Georgia's rich variety of native wildlife is available for public comment.

January 26, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

That’s a mess of trout

Hello, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here.

January 26, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation

Georgia 2009 fishing regulations available

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The new 2009 Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations are now available. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division recently distributed printed versions of the regulations to all Division offices and facilities, a number of State Parks and fishing license retailers statewide. An online version of the new regulations soon will be available at

January 19, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Golf courses offer $28 rate

A round of golf at all Georgia State Park Golf Courses costs just $28 per golfer in January and February. That includes 18 holes with a shared cart. It's a great deal. This special winter rate is valid through Feb. 28, and cannot be combined with any other discounts, coupons or specials, including the senior and junior rate programs. It's not valid from Friday through Sunday at Georgia Veterans in Cordele.

January 19, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

WILD facts: Frogs that ‘chuckle’

The Southern leopard frog is the most widespread frog species in Georgia. Ranging in size from 2 to 3.5 inches, this amphibian may be brown, green or a combination of these colors. Dark, round spots decorate the leopard frog's body, along with light-colored lines along the sides of the back.

January 19, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

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NPS closes Cockspur Lighthouse

SAVANNAH - Effective immediately Fort Pulaski National Monument has closed the Cockspur Island Lighthouse and Lighthouse Island.

November 25, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

Big fish break lines, but not hearts

Well fellow anglers and readers, last weekend took me back a couple of years like it was when I first started the dock tour.

November 23, 2015 | Donny Branch | Outdoors/Recreation

Big fish spotted during the dock tour

Hello, friends and neighbors. We spotted a big one this past weekend on the dock tour.

November 16, 2015 | Donny Branch | Outdoors/Recreation

DNR hosts 26th annual poster contest

Teachers and students across Georgia are invited to honor Georgia's wildlife and students' artistic interests by participating in the 26th annual Give Wildlife a ...

November 16, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

7 products for family trips and adventures

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Whether you’re going on an afternoon hike or a multi-day road trip, traveling with kids involves a lot more preparation than ...

November 09, 2015 | Grant Olsen | Outdoors/Recreation

Despite the tides, fish biting along the Liberty County coast

Well, hello, everyone all around this beautiful coastal area we are blessed enough to live in.

November 09, 2015 | Donny Branch Tight Line Jr. | Outdoors/Recreation


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