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Tree stands remain a hazard for hunters

Tree stands are a continued favorite piece of equipment for hunters as they search for ways to remain undetected by game. However, tree stands also are the leading cause of hunting incidents according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

September 22, 2007 | | Outdoors


Fishing tournament packs ’em in

The Bryan County Bassmasters Fishing Club held its sixth annual kids fishing tournament Saturday, Aug. 25 at J.F. Gregory Park.

September 12, 2007 | Jessica Holthaus Bryan County News | Outdoors


Boaters asked to be careful during holiday

Boaters are sure to flood Georgia's waterways this Labor Day Holiday weekend, bringing the summer boating season to an unofficial end. Given the expected level of holiday boating activity, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) is teaming with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), the Georgia State Patrol, TEAM Georgia and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to stress the importance of boating safety this holiday weekend.

September 05, 2007 | | Outdoors


Heat closes trout stream

The extreme heat of the past few weeks coupled with the ongoing drought situation is forcing the closure of at least one north Georgia trout stream - Dukes Creek at Smithgall Woods Conservation Center in Helen. Due to high water temperatures and low stream flows, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) has temporarily closed Dukes Creek to all angling activity beginning Aug. 16. Triple digit temperatures and warm nights are pushing water temperatures in mountain streams to levels that are lethal to trout.

September 05, 2007 | | Outdoors


Bird and nature festival expected to draw a crowd

Wildlife enthusiasts are expected to flock again to Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival held on Jekyll Island Oct. 12-14,. The fifth annual festival offers a variety of entertainment and educational activities including a keynote speech by Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology Director, Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick on the Ivory-billed Woodpecker's rediscovery; Saturday's FREE Nature Day event for families and youth; plus seminars and field trips highlighting coastal Georgia's abundant natural beauty and wildlife. The Jekyll Island Convention Center will serve as the hub for festival activities, and field trip excursions will include many of ...

August 29, 2007 | | Outdoors


DNR notes changes to guidebook

The 2007-2008 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide contain errors relative to the following Wildlife Management Areas (WMA): Clybel WMA, Joe Kurz WMA, Oaky Woods WMA and Redlands WMA, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

August 29, 2007 | | Outdoors


The inside scoop on ladyfish

Ladyfish are one of those inshore fish that look and fight like a tarpon. The fact of the matter is, they are cousins and have great fighting characteristics. Although the lady isn't even close to being as large as the tarpon it still can wear a fisherman out especially on light tackle.

August 29, 2007 | Capt. Judy Helmey for the Bryan County News | Outdoors


New Georgia hunting regulations now available at license agents

The 2007-2008 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide now is available announces the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD).

August 22, 2007 | | Outdoors


What you catch today might not be around tomorrow

I just wanted to take a little time to touch base on something that has been bothering me for this entire 2007 fishing season.

August 22, 2007 | Capt. Judy Helmey for the Bryan County News | Outdoors


Sharks caught off Wilmington Island

Richmond Hill residents Dr. Bill Anderson and Scott Hunter and some fishing buddies are seen here after an eventful day of fishing. When Anderson's nephew Nate Klaiber came to visit him from Ohio last month, Anderson asked him what he wanted to do. Anderson said he answered by saying "Let's go catch some shark!" Anderson and crew headed down to Wilmington Island to catch a chartered boat from Captain Judy Helmey, and you can see the results above. They are holding a mega bull shark and a lemon shark. Pictured are (from left, front row) Tommy Williams, Jarrod ...

August 18, 2007 | | Outdoors


Beat the heat at one of Georgia's state parks

Summer can be a scorcher in Georgia. As the mercury rises, residents try to come up with entertainment options that don't involve becoming overheated. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites offers visitors the chance to beat the heat, while still enjoying the great outdoors.

August 15, 2007 | | Outdoors


Odyssey teams nearing mark

Through fundraising efforts and generous outreach from members of the community, the Richmond Hill High School Odyssey of the Mind teams have raised $12,000 of their needed $18,000 to get to the world finals in Michigan.

May 26, 2007 | By Ross Blair Bryan County News | Outdoors


Time to start thinking about thunderstorm safety

Thunderstorms affect relatively small areas when compared with hurricanes and winter storms. Despite their small size, all thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

March 21, 2007 | | Outdoors


Governor praises corporate landowners

Gov. Sonny Perdue recently recognized five major corporate forest landowners in Georgia for their good stewardship in land management and their outstanding practices benefiting the state's wildlife. Georgia Power, International Paper, MeadWestvaco, Temple-Inland and Plum Creek received awards for participating in the 2006 Forestry for Wildlife Partnership, a program administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). The Forestry for Wildlife Partnership (FWP) is a voluntary annual program that promotes blending wildlife conservation into corporate forestry practices and offers a variety of choices from which landowners can build a program compatible with their forest ...

February 16, 2007 | Special to the News | Outdoors


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