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A place where to talk all things hunting and fishing.






Oconee National Forest Buck 22 Inches Wide, Public Land Traffic, Sentimental .308 Rifle

A head-turner of a buck was taken from Oconee National Forest on Saturday, Nov. 2 by Tony Jones, of Locust Grove. Although an estimated gross score isn’t known, arguably the most impressive feature of the Jasper County buck is its 22-inch inside spread. “I really appreciate everyone from GON for helping me get this recognized. This is definitely the best buck for me so far,” said Tony. Tony, who has hunted ONF for 10 years, said a hunting area near a powerline was where he wanted to hunt...


Talking With Scott Hodges

Scott Hodges, a taxidermist who lives in Byron, Ga., has long been a friend of GON and the people who work here. Editor Daryl Kirby catches up with Scott just before the primitive-weapons deer season and youth week to talk about Scott's background in the outdoors, his relationships with GON, and how the 2019 hunting seasons are going. Show Links: Just days after this podcast was recorded, Scott's son Ross did end up killing a buck. See his pictures and hunt story here. Southern...


Podcast: 158-inch Bartow County Bow-Kill Tags Out Lady Hunter

Tiffany Miller, of Plainville, had the hunt of lifetime in Bartow County on Oct. 24. She killed the best two bucks of her hunting career, one of which grossed 158 inches. “Me and my husband build cabinets, so it gives us a little play with our hunting time,” said Tiffany. Prior to Oct. 24, Tiffany’s husband had seen a 115-inch deer, and he decided to pass on the 10-pointer. However, Tiffany thought she might make that deer a target buck with her bow. “He took a video of him, and I decided...


Newton County Buck Gross 183 Inches

Dylan Kirkley, of Covington, has killed a deer that would make any midwestern hunter proud. His Newton County 17-pointer, only the second buck he’s ever killed, grossed 183 inches. “This is the second year we had him on camera,” said Dylan. “He showed back up in July (2019), and then he just disappeared for like two months. We didn’t know what happened. I believe it was the week before dove season when he showed back up.” Dylan and his buddies bowhunt, and one of his friends did see the...


Georgia Duck Forecast 2019

Georgia waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom talks about the prospects for the 2019-2020 duck season. Details and info on the mallard and pintail limits that were cut in half this season, plus a look at a WMA opening up to quota waterfowl hunts for the first time.


Lake Oconee Crappie Is Live Action

Scott Williams, of Cochran, knows how to catch Lake Oconee crappie. Him and his dad Billy compete not only in Crappie Masters tournaments but in Crappie USA events, tournaments that send them regularly as far away as Texas. They’ve both won Georgia Slab Masters and the Peach State Crappie classics, some Crappie USA tournaments on Clarks Hill, and Billy won some of those bigger national events on Lake Oconee years ago. In addition, they are two-time Crappie Master Florida state champions,...


Ware County Cover Buck & New County Bow Record

On Monday, Oct. 15, Jason Lee, of Waycross, arrowed the new No. 1 Ware County bow-kill. Hard work, long hours on the stand, and according to Jason, some last-minute luck all came together to bring down the legendary deer that had been nicknamed Flame. Knowing he was in the right place, Jason starting hunting the area as soon as bow season opened. He was seeing lots of deer, but Flame continued to elude him. Then things changed when Flame made his first appearance on camera during daylight...


50 Rattlesnakes Discovered In Upson County Camp

GON subscriber Tommy Lathem recently did a little more cleaning up at the hunting camp than he had anticipated after he took a shovel and a shotgun and killed 50 rattlesnakes within just 10 feet of his clubhouse. Tommy, of Jasper, was not the first to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 31 at his 1,200-acre Upson County hunting camp situated on the banks of the Flint River outside of Thomaston. Others had already arrived to begin cleaning up in preparation for deer season. “I asked one of the guys...


Glen Solomon Talks Blackwater Redbreast

In this episode, we celebrate the life of Glen Solomon as he talks about fishing for redbreast bream in the blackwater rivers of southeast Georgia, something that he was deeply passionate about. Sadly, Glen, 52, of Hazlehurst, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16 while on his way to Appling Health Care in Baxley with what he told his wife over the phone were chest pains. Glen’s relationship with GON began in November 2005, when he first met GON Editor Brad Gill at Chickasawhatchee WMA. Brad was...


Talking High School Fishing with Morgan County anglers Michael Arienzo and Will Thomas

In this episode we sit down with the Morgan County High School Fishing team of Michael Arienzo and Will Thomas after returning from Pickwick Lake where they fished at the 2019 TBF/FLW High School Fishing World Finals. We talk about how they prepared for the tournament, what the bass were biting and the excitement of hooking a 9-pounder on day three to be one of only 31 teams to make it into the final day of fishing. MOCO Bass Fishing Team Don't forget to subscriber to GON Outdoors.


Warm Weather Linesides Fishing

GON Managing Editor Daryl Kirby talks warm weather fishing for linesides with Walker Smith, the Managing Editor and Social Media Director of Wired2Fish. Walker shares some tips and tactics for a great pattern and technique to catch hybrids and striped bass on artificial lures. Read Walker's article at gon.com. Don't forget to subscribe.