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Be ready to share the woods this fall

Those who love the outdoors welcome cooler weather after a hot, humid summer. Hiking is more pleasant, and autumn's colors inspire nature photographers and artists. Birdwatchers search for unusual species during the fall migration. Hunters relish the chance to harvest game.

September 23, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD Facts: Exotic Geckos

The Georgia Wildlife Resources Division has confirmed a second Indo-Pacific gecko population in the state. The non-native lizard was spotted at a home in Savannah and identified via photograph by senior wildlife biologist John Jensen of the division's Nongame Conservation Section.

September 23, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Sept. 15 meeting to address boating regulations

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) will hold a public hearing to receive input on a proposed amendment to the Georgia Boat Safety Act. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to provide the legal authority for certified peace officers to enforce exclusive use areas upon state waters permitted and properly marked under the marine event requirements and to meet public objectives for use of these renewable natural resources. Those interested are encouraged to bring this hearing to the attention of others who also may wish to participate.

September 23, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Fort Stewart aims for eco-friendly buffers

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division trains daily to combat terrorism and other threats around the world. But one threat looms as close as the boundaries of the largest Army base east of the Mississippi River: population growth and the development it brings.

September 23, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD Facts: Beyond the buzz of cicadas

Summer evenings are filled with the sounds of cicadas, large insects with wide-set eyes and transparent, veined wings. In error, some people refer to the non-jumping cicada as a locust, which is a grasshopper relative. Male cicadas attract females by making an extremely loud, rattling buzz with their abdomens. Females respond by clicking their wings.

September 09, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Kayak for a Kure Sept. 13

The first Hugh H. Armstrong Kayak for a Kure event to benefit American Diabetes Association will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13, with a kayak paddle and classes for beginners and followed by a celebration including food and beverages, entertainment and health and vendor booths. The cost is $75 per person.

September 09, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Friends of parks group mobilize support after budget cuts

ATLANTA - In light of the recent announcement from DNR Commissioner Noel Holcomb regarding possible state park and historic site closings, Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites is developing an action plan to help mobilize local chapters and members in support of the state park system and to advocate against further cuts to the system's operating budget. The group plans to work with the commissioner, the division and its members to mitigate the impact of the proposed.

September 09, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD Facts: Mosquito control with fins

Native to the Southeast but stocked elsewhere, mosquitofish are also known by their genus name, Gambusia. These live-bearing fish resemble guppies, with males and females only reaching 1-1/2 and 2-1/2 inches long, respectively. To protect themselves from larger fish, mosquitofish hide in vegetation along pond edges.

September 02, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Loggerhead nesting season off to promising start

BRUNSWICK - The sight of tiny turtles scurrying toward the ocean is a promising sign for the loggerhead sea turtle. And this year, nest numbers of this imperiled species are at a record high in Georgia.

September 02, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Tourneys net good results

Hello everyone Ole' Tight Line here and I've got some good reports from Yellow Bluff and the surrounding coastal area. The St. Catherine's Sport Fishing Club recently held its tournament and Danny, Roy and Mitchell Clark took first place landing 23 nice size trout.

September 02, 2008 | By Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Record number of turtle nests found

SAVANNAH -- Rare loggerhead sea turtles are having a record nesting season on the Georgia coast and have been laying eggs in promising numbers on southern Atlantic beaches from Florida to the Carolinas.

August 29, 2008 | By Russ Bynum Associated Press writer | Outdoors/Recreation


Warm water attracts sharks

Hello friends and fellow fishermen, Ole' Tight Line here. I've been a little under the weather lately and speaking of weather, man has it been hot.

August 26, 2008 | By Allen and Donnie Branch Tight Line | Outdoors/Recreation


Gray's Reef welcomes new members

The Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council has accepted the appointments of Scott Harris, College of Charleston, to the council seat for university education and of Capt. Wendell Harper to the council seat for charter/commercial fishing.

August 26, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Angler breaks record with shark

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August 26, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Wild Facts: The grod that whistles

If you whistle for a dog to come, you'll know what a bird-voiced treefrog sounds like. Males call to attract females from May through September, emitting several high-pitched, bird-like whistles in a row. You're more likely to hear this nocturnal amphibian than you are to see it, since it is small, well camouflaged and only descends from trees to breed. If you do catch a glimpse, the bird-voiced treefrog looks like a miniature gray treefrog but without the yellow inner thigh color. Both bird-voiced and gray treefrogs have a light spot under each eye and body colors that ...

August 26, 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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