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Outdoors in Southwest Georgia

Outdoors in Southwest Georgia is home for outdoor interests including hunting, fishing, biking, boating, golf, hiking, off-road vehicles, archery and target shooting.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Some tales just too big to buy

OUTDOORS: Never let facts get in the way of a good story

A number of years ago, when waterfowling was a passion and duck season the core of my existence, I actually belonged to a duck hunting club. At our weekend duck camps, a tradition was soon established. That tradition was, and I suppose still is, blatantly lying to all newcomers accepted into the group.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Oct. 25, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Oct. 17, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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CREEPY CRAWLERS: Fears about spiders are largely unfounded

Often underappreciated, spiders are part of the balanced natural world

Though all spiders have venom, only three species in Georgia pose any real danger to humans — the brown recluse, the black widow and the lesser known brown widow.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Oct. 11, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

Outdoor enthusiasts arrive for paddle down the Flint

Four-day float will end at Lake Seminole

Georgia River Network, creator of Paddle Georgia, an annual week-long summer canoe/kayak camping adventure, will host a four-day Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint Oct. today through Monday between Albany and Bainbridge.

Snake bite program set for Saturday at Flint RiverQuarium Imagination Theater

Saturday program in Albany meant to educate on venomous snakes and what to do when bitten

Wildlife Biologist Jen Howze, with the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital emergency physicians Drs. James Sirleaf and James Black will share insight into snakes and how to handle bites at a program Saturday at the Flint RiverQuarium.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Oct. 4, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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BOB KORNEGAY: What kind of hunter are you?

OUTDOORS: There is more to it than just being a hunter

Between the squeezing of the trigger and the “grip-and-grin” post-hunt photos, will you consciously honor the furred or feathered life you take by giving thought to its nobility and place in the great scheme of things? Or will you play no role other than gloating “victor,” for whom the kill means all and the contest and quest have little or no meaning?

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Sept. 26, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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BOB KORNEGAY: The woes of duck floating

OUTDOORS: My stint as a floating waterfowler was short for a couple of pretty good reasons

If “poor planning” was a dictionary entry, my picture would appear alongside the definition. I had to learn the hard way that self-defense shooting of big old alligators with No. 6 shotgun pellets only makes them angry and big old water moccasins are difficult to hit when one’s little old float tube is spinning in the current like a (no pun intended) duck feather in a storm drain.

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Cancer survivor Ryan Carr living life to the fullest

Carr spending time loving his family and hunting gators with his friends

Cancer survivor Ryan Carr says experience has taught him to appreciate each and every day

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Feral hogs pose numerous problems

Non-native species was brought to the Southeast by early Spanish explorers

Though popularity with hunters is increasing, current feral hog populations across the Deep South are growing at alarming rates.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Sept. 20, 2014 weekend

SWGA FISHING REPORT: A weekly outlook on how the fish are biting in Southwest Georgia lakes and the Flint River

These are the fishing prospects for this weekend for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Oh, those vexing baitcasters

OUTDOORS: With the bass fishing boom of the late ’60s and early ’70s, baitcasting reels were back in vogue

I might never have learned to cast a reel and rod at all had not spincast reels become immensely popular soon after my first attempt at baitcasting.

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