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WILD facts: In the shell

Turtles may crawl out of their shells in cartoons, but not in real life. A turtle's backbone is built into the top of its shell. When threatened, a turtle often pulls in its head, tail and legs for protection. In some species, the bottom part of the shell is hinged, forming an extremely tight closure.

April 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Tagging study offers free license

CALHOUN - Anglers looking to land trophy trout in the 15-mile stretch of the Toccoa River between Blue Ridge Dam and the Tennessee state line now also have a chance to hunt and fish in Georgia for life for free.

April 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Eagle survey shows rise in nests

FORSYTH - Bald eagle populations continue to soar in Georgia, with 2009 totals from the state Department of Natural Resources showing increases in nests and young fledged.

April 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Chattahoochee anglers get more time

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Previously open to anglers from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Georgia Power now has extended

April 20, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Archery camp registration now open

Registration is now open for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division's three-day archery camps.

April 13, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Bad weather no longer anobstacle

Hello folks, Tight Line Jr. here. Well, if you were fishing for rain, it looks like your wish came true. But it looks like we have some good fishing weather for the weekend. Here are a few reports from around the coastal area.

April 13, 2009 | Donnie and Allen Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


DNR begins tripletail fish study

BRUNSWICK - The tripletail, a fish popular with anglers but a mystery to scientists, will be the focus of a new study sponsored by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration. Over the next two years, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the University of Georgia, hopes to learn more about this odd fish by studying the one-of-a-kind congregation of tripletail found in the waters around Jekyll Island.

April 06, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


'Orphaned' wildlife do not need to be rescued

SOCIAL CIRCLE - Concern for 'orphaned' wildlife is simply human nature. Most people who come across a deer fawn, a young bird or a newborn rabbit will initially watch in amazement and then immediately wonder if the animal is in need of help. Yet, as newborn wildlife blossom into existence this spring, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division encourages residents to resist the urge to 'rescue' these animals.

April 06, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Ogeechee-Canoochee family paddle April 11

STATESBORO - The Ogeechee-Canoochee annual Canoochee River Race has been replaced by a Family Paddle. Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper has scheduled the Family Paddle for Saturday, April 11 (rain/flood date April 25).

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Outdoors/Recreation


Plenty of whiting to go around now

Hello, friends and fellow anglers. Tight Line Jr. here. Well, the whiting are biting and I do have a couple reports from around the coastal area.

March 30, 2009 | Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Woodpeckers caught on Fort Stewart

Biologists from the Fish and Wildlife Branch at Fort Stewart and from the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division recently captured two female and one male red-cockaded woodpeckers at the massive Army base. The juvenile woodpeckers were taken to Moody Forest Natural Area 30 miles away and released early the next morning.

March 30, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Keep bird feeders clean to avoid salmonella

FORSYTH - Reports of more Georgians finding dead songbirds at feeders and tests pointing to salmonella as the major culprit have Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologists urging care and diligence in feeder upkeep.

March 30, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Hummingbirds return to Georgia

FORSYTH - If you haven't already done so, hang up your feeders. Ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avian migrants are returning to Georgia from wintering grounds far to the south. Ruby-throated "hummers" may travel more than 1,200 miles from Central America to Georgia.

March 30, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


The trout sure are biting right now

Hello, friends and fellow anglers. Tight Line Jr. here, and the trout are in the river. Here are a couple of reports from around the coast.

March 23, 2009 | Allen and Donnie Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Peepers pipe

After a cool rain, listen for the high-pitched mating calls of the spring peeper. A distant chorus of these tiny frogs sounds like bells jingling. In the South, this amphibian "peeps" from November through late winter. However, in northern states the calling and breeding starts when the first warm rain arrives, signaling that spring is near.

March 16, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


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Shrimp season opens Wednesday

BRUNSWICK - Georgia waters will open for commercial and recreational harvest of food shrimp at 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to DNR Commissioner Mark Williams.

May 31, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Tales from the saltwater

Well friends and neighbors when it rains it pours, and we certainly have had our share - no pun intended. As they say the rain is ...

May 31, 2016 | Donny Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Record blackfin tuna caught

BRUNSWICK - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has announced a men's record for blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) landed in Georgia by Tyler Deal of ...

May 31, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Video shows angler catch salmon using iPhone as lure

PERTH, Australia — While smartphones have become increasingly sophisticated over the years, most people consider them useless once they break. An angler in Australia decided to ...

May 30, 2016 | Grant Olsen KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Oyster season closing for summer on June 1

BRUNSWICK - Oyster harvest, both commercial and recreational in state waters, will close at 6 a.m. June 1, DNR Commissioner Mark Williams announced.

May 25, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


DNR refurbishes offshore fishing reef

BRUNSWICK - The Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources recently deployed 50 fish aggregating devices, FADs, at the Joe's Cut inshore ...

May 25, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Fish will often surprise you

This week in fishing:

May 16, 2016 | Donny Branch | Outdoors/Recreation


Charity fishing tournament set for Saturday in Long Co.

The fifth annual Fishin' for a Cure Tournament, a panfish fundraiser for area children with health issues, will be Saturday at Noble's Cabin in ...

May 16, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


5 ways you can benefit from hiking

When many people think about the benefits of going on a hike, they focus on burning calories and improving physical health. However, there are a ...

May 14, 2016 | Kitt Wakeley KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


State parks to mark Kids to Parks Day is May 21

ATLANTA - Georgia's State Parks and Historic Sites have planned family friendly activities in celebration of National Kids to Parks Day on May 21. Sponsored ...

May 11, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


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