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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

Oyster shells needed for Sapelo Island research

DARIEN - Fried, stewed or nude, oysters are always an anticipated delicacy in coastal Georgia, especially once cooler weather hits. The star attraction on the fall and winter menus of local restaurants and the hit of backyard roasts, fresh oysters are a Georgia tradition and an integral part of coastal ecology.

January 16, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

Trout plentiful in local catches

Hello, everyone. Tight Line Jr. here. Well, I don't have much to report, but the weather looks nice for the weekend.

January 12, 2009 | By Donnie and Allen Branch | Outdoors/Recreation

Catches include gator trout, sheepshead

Hello friends, I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

January 05, 2009 | By Allen Branch Columnist | Outdoors/Recreation

State extends shrimping season off coast; closes rivers

BRUNSWICK - The state Department of Natural Resources is extending the recreational and commercial food shrimp season in Georgia's coastal waters by two weeks.

The extension ends Jan. 15 and does not include most creeks and rivers, which will close to shrimping Wednesday. Georgia's territorial waters stretch three miles offshore.

December 30, 2008 | Associated Press | Outdoors/Recreation

Try this recipe for game-day treat

Hello, my friends, Tight Line Jr. here. Well, it's been wet and windy, but I still have a few reports for you. Johnny Gaskin and Frank Chapman caught the limit on trout; that's 30 to all you first-timers. Johnny invited me over for some fried fish and cheese grits.

December 30, 2008 | By Allen Branch Columnist | Outdoors/Recreation

Plan a visit to Georgia's mystery swamp

The mysterious Okefenokee Swamp has long been the source of myth, lore and legend. The land of the "trembling earth," as the Indians called it, is a vast 700-square mile wilderness of grasslands, wetlands, lakes and peat bog islands anchored by towering cypress trees growing from still, dark water. The Okefenokee's diverse natural environments and teeming wildlife have dominated the infrequent efforts of humans to tame it.

December 30, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

Local man wins mud track titles

Hinesville resident Ferell Mobley earned high-point champion titles in two divisions at the Golden Isles Mud Track competition in September.

December 30, 2008 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

Ga.'s first youth hunter ed challenge set

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Youth interested in the outdoors can test their knowledge, demonstrate their skills and register to win a muzzleloader at the state's first annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge event Jan. 17 in Walton County.

December 29, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Hunting meetings set for January

SOCIAL CIRCLE - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division will hold eight public meetings across the state to accept public input on the development of hunting regulations for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 hunting seasons. Proposed changes to hunting regulations will be considered by the Board of Natural Resources in May 2009. Those interested are encouraged to bring these meetings to the attention of others that also may be interested in participating.

December 29, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Shad season opens Jan. 1

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Commercial shad season runs from 6 a.m. on Thursday through midnight on Tuesday, March 31, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division. Regulations for the 2009 commercial shad season are the same as the 2008 regulations.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Outdoors/Recreation

WILD facts: Gifts for the birds

While shopping for the holidays, don't forget about the feathered friends in your backyard. Help songbirds survive the winter by adding birdfeeders, nest boxes and birdbaths. Black-oiled sunflower seed is a favorite for many seed-eating birds, and insect eaters like suet cakes.

December 22, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

Ga. lands 2010 bass tournament

ATLANTA - Georgia's ambitious proposal to promote fishing in the state has landed its first big catch: A $2.5 million bass-fishing tournament that will be held at drought-squeezed Lake Lanier in 2010.

December 22, 2008 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation

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‘Your State Parks Day’ set for Saturday at Fort King George

The annual "Your State Parks Day" will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fort King George State Historic Site, 302 ...

September 23, 2015 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation

Good recipe for good fishing

Hello, friends and neighbors all around the saltwater coast. I certainly hope everyone has had a good week enjoying the last of the summer days.

September 23, 2015 | Donny Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


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