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Bob Kornegay

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BOB KORNEGAY: No fan of springtime turkey hunting

Outdoors: There's something strange about a springtime turkey season, something that leaves me feeling weird

In the spring, there are other critters besides turkeys stirring.

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Proper line maintenance saves angling headaches

Fishing line maintenance often overlooked by average fisherman

Though proper line care is easy to ignore or lazily put off, it is important to remember that even the highest-quality premium fishing lines eventually wear out or become damaged.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Jan. 24, 2015 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: You can't always take things literally

Outdoors: We invariably make all sorts of sport-worthy wildlife do all sorts of weird and unnatural things.

With today’s global communication, writers must take care to get their messages across without confusing those who innocently don’t understand terminology relevant to them and no one else.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Jan. 16, 2015 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: Birding is starting to make me hungry

Outdoors: Mullet-eating birds made me have crave mullet too

As a result of this chance discovery of birding’s appetite-whetting potential, I’m paying closer attention to specific birds and their relative enjoyment of certain food items.

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End of deer season perfect for small-game hunters

Small-game hunters can now feel more at ease in woods

There are a number of small game species available to hunters from mid January through most of February, including raccoons, opossums and quail.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Jan. 9, 2015 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: Shovelnose shark plenty for young angler to handle

OUTDOORS: After winning the battle, young angler decides to release his catch

A satisfied look of accomplishment illuminated the 13-year-old fisherman’s countenance as he pumped the rod one last time and finally raised the sleek, prehistoric-looking sea creature to the ocean’s surface.

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HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - Jan. 2, 2015 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: Bologna definition is pure baloney

OUTDOORS: A baloney sandwich has three essential ingredients, no more, no less

It‘s a mortal sin to disguise the unique, delectable flavor of all those varied ground-up animal parts with anything else. That’s probably in the Bible somewhere, though I can’t say I’ve actually read it yet.

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Squirrels can be fun to watch but cause major damage

Small rodent can also become a nuisance

Nearly everyone is familiar with the ubiquitous gray squirrel, but there are two additional species found in our region — the fox squirrel and the flying squirrel.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Dec. 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: Raise a glass to a life well-spent

OUTDOORS: Mama bass lived life to the fullest

The grand “trophy-that-never-was” now lies buried, slowly decomposing and nourishing the soil in the man’s garden.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Dec. 19, 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: A letter to Luther

OUTDOORS: There's only so much an outdoor scribe can write about these days

After three or four articles on things you find interesting, what else am I to write about save deer, ducks, bass, and other areas most outdoorsmen find somewhat interesting?

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Dec. 12, 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: I hate duck boats (and they hate me, too)

OUTDOORS: I never met a duck boat that wasn't capable of doing irreparable damage to my mind and body at any given moment.

Based on my “research,” my idea of a duck boat is a gargantuan luxury cruise ship that has ridden out at least two force-5 hurricanes and has collided with at least one North Atlantic iceberg without sustaining major damage.

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Feral cats negatively affect wildlife

Feral cats are unnatural predators and are causing a decline in many species

Wildlife in the Western Hemisphere did not evolve in the presence of such a small, abundant predator and, thus, developed no defenses against it.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Dec. 5, 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: Careful, you might do something legal

OUTDOORS: It is important to do your homework before going afield

Outdoor writers sermonize a lot about game regulations. For example, we are always urging that you familiarize yourself with the regulations of different states before venturing forth as a nonresident hunter. You wouldn’t want to unknowingly do something illegal.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Nov. 28, 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: Laying back and laying low

OUTDOORS: Fear puts the duck in duck hunting

Consider the occasion, 50 some-odd years ago, when Casper and I sneaked onto Old Man Starbuck’s property to shoot wood ducks.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Nov. 22, 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: Jumpshooting a study in form

OUTDOORS: Jumpshooting involves wading, floating or walking quietly in ducky locations, shotgun at the ready

Years ago I read Corey Ford’s duck hunting prose for the first time and my desire to become a waterfowler knew no bounds. I was particularly intrigued by a technique termed “jumpshooting.”

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Balanced deer herd takes time and perseverance

Most hunters don’t know the importance a balanced adult sex ratio is to maintaining a herd’s overall health.

Most experienced deer hunters realize they must kill some does each year to keep the deer herd within the habitat’s carrying capacity and in good health.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Nov. 15, 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: For sale, one U-catch-It canoe

OUTDOORS: Canoes, it turns out, are not conducive to fidgeting

I bought a canoe because I wanted to be a true outdoorsman. A true outdoorsman, I thought, must be an adventurer. Last month I sold a canoe … quite cheaply.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Nov. 8, 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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Georgia research into predator control helps rare oystercatchers

Recent studies have shown the birds becoming rarer sights along the Georgia coast

The American oystercatcher is unique and colorful, looks almost “painted,” and often lounges for long periods without a trace of movement.

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BOB KORNEGAY: A piece of the past preserved

OUTDOORS: There are places along the St. Johns where all seems right and good

This is a river corridor where time, as measured by Mother Nature, at least, has passed largely as she intended. This is a place where “development” means alligator nests and heron rookeries, black bear habitations and bald eagle “fishing resorts.”

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Oct. 31, 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: 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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BOB KORNEGAY: OK, OK, now I believe

OUTDOORS: When the outdoors gods speak, it pays to listen

The outdoors gods spoke to me one morning about three weeks ago. I should have listened, too. Should’ve just gone on back to bed. They tried to tell me in their own mysterious way that it wasn’t going to be my day.

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Keep feeders hanging for winter hummingbirds

Visiting hummers make Georgia their winter home

Although our common summering ruby-throated hummingbird is the only breeding hummingbird species in eastern North America, 12 hummer species have been recorded by observers and banders in Georgia over the last few decades.

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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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BOB KORNEGAY: The saving grace of backyard wilderness

OUTDOORS: Tranquility can come a just few paces from the bustle of life

Ten minutes in my backyard “wilderness” and everything seems better somehow.

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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.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Don't shoot! Im just the outdoors writer

OUTDOORS: Folks always have an annoying and sometimes hazardous tendency to shoot the messenger

The pen has been said to be mightier than the sword, but a compound bow would seem to have the advantage in a duel on a field of honor.

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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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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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Owl benefits surpass negative beliefs

Views of the large bird have been mixed for many years

Many early naturalists felt negatively toward owls, considering them highly destructive birds and wanton killers but that perception has changed in recent years.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Deer hunting no longer a drag

OUTDOORS: Some do not appreciate the gravity of the effort of moving a deer

After a few seasons of brute-force deer dragging, with the resulting bumps, bruises, and pulled muscles, I got “smart” and ordered myself one of those deer-drag harnesses you don’t see much anymore.

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