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Bob Kornegay

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Prescribed fire good for all concerned

Despite its growing popularity and the growing trend toward prescribed fire usage, the use of prescribed fire is often misunderstood.

The use of prescribed fire is a major habitat and wildlife management tool used frequently by natural resource professionals and trained laymen throughout the Southeast.

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Sitting to the hounds

Kornegay shares his memories on fox hunting

As a youth, I knew a few old-time fox hunters. They were a mysterious lot, not wont to converse with little boys about their leisure-time activities.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Scaly critters are out in force

Outdoors: Always plenty of hot-weather stories to tell

The way things were going for my friend last summer, there could have easily been a big diamondback sleeping in his compost heap.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - July 18, 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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Fishing the grassy spots can be rewarding

Bass need grass to survive

Green vegetative cover provides what every freshwater predatory fish must have to survive: summertime shade, an ample oxygen supply, and strategic ambush points from which the predator can attack and subsequently consume its prey.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Josh is definitely one of us now

Outdoors: Welcome to the club, boy

Oh, if only Josh would have exhibited such velocity as a high school footballer, my young friend would today be an all-pro pulling guard for New England or Seattle.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - July 11, 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: Nothing better than fishing

Outdoors: Fishing with friends and family are the best

After catching a nice rainbow trou, my mind began to wander - How many creek banks has this 62-year-old posterior rested upon?

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - July 4, 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: We're not really all that different

OUTDOORS: We have more traits like the so-called inferior critters than we admit

All human/animal analogies do not portend such ominous connotations

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 27, 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: In praise of the 'ugliness' of nature

OUTDOORS COLUMNIST: I have natural affinity for some of the not-so-pretty creatures

Being no oil painting myself, I understand better than most that ugly things need love, too. I just hope the less-than-beautiful critters I love appreciate affection like I do.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 19, 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: Nature lovers are beautiful people

Visiting the American West merits revisiting

I left home convinced my western foray was to be a once-in-a-lifetime journey, but I find now this is not so.

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Early life of white-tailed fawns fits perfectly into deer's natural history scheme

White-tailed does always care for their newborns in a manner that maximizes their chances for survival

The behaviour of white-tailed deer and their young are good examples of how every wild animal has certain behaviors and physical characteristics that protect it in its native environment.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 13, 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: A perfect day for a duck float

Outdoors: That’ll be one cold day I’ll never forget

Since that time, I’ve done a good deal of thinking about duck floats and determined I’d be a heap better off with a big scoop of mallard-flavored ice cream in a glass of root beer.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 6, 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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Live-bait bassing is a viable option

Artificial baits still popular, but live-bait bassing technique can many times succeed where others fail

Contrary to what many believe, few bass are deep-hooked and killed when caught on live bait.

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BOB KORNEGAY: One-trip road buddies

Outdoors: A gadabout fisherman never knows who he might run into during his travels

All the trout in the world could never make up for the time I got to spend with Mr. Brinley, Shorty, and the Centre, Alabama Flash.

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HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - May 30, 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: Sometimes the catching really is important

Outdoors: I just want that fish

Big fish that she is, she doesn’t bother with silly, frenetic leaping and dancing.

HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - May 23, 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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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - May 23, 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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Spinnerbaits are versatile lures for out-of-the-way places

Artificial lures can be just as effective as earthworms, crickets or minnows

Few bass fishermen can be found today who don’t keep at least a minimal selection of spinnerbaits at the ready inside their tackle boxes.

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BOB KORNEGAY: An excuse for every occasion

Outdoors: It’s just to hot to fish

I found an excuse when I couldn’t catch any fish when the heat wave struck.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - May 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: Bad time of day to lose the blues

Outdoors: I don't need more blues to run from

Cool spring mornings make great blues chasers.

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HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - May 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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Shoal bass still a prized catch for anglers

Common names include shoal bass, Flint River Smallmouth and Flint River Bass

The shoal bass is, comparatively speaking, a pint-sized variety whose diminutive stature is belied by a pugnacious attitude and what seems like a street fighter’s mentality.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Just a few 'fowl' thoughts

Outdoors: Chickens and I have a history

As a birder, of course, I am not allowed to add domestic poultry to my life list, but chickens have always appealed to me.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - May 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: It's all about big, bad and pretty

We often miss out on the small creatures

It’s interesting that so many people limit their appreciation of nature to three things — Is it big? Is it pretty? Is it dangerous?

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - April 25, 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: High Country Allure in the mountains

Outdoors: Sometimes we yearn for places the farther the better

Outdoorsmen (and women) love mountains because in many ways one is simply more “outdoors” in the mountains than he is in any other place on earth.

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Armadillos have become nuisances to many homeowners

Armadillos can seriously damage landscaped yards

Due to a combination of factors such as human colonization with its accompanying habitat alteration, extirpation of natural large predators and intentional release or escape of captive animals, the armadillo has rapidly expanded its range at a rate ten times that considered normal for mammals.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - April 18, 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: Fishbait oddities I have known

Outdoors: I’ve seen some weird fishermen use some weird fishbaits

Dedicated anglers are nothing if not adaptable.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - April 11, 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: Skeeters again are on the attack

OUTDOORS COLUMNIST: Mosquitoes are the price one pays for loving the outdoors

They’re back. Just like green leaves, flowers, and pollen. Just like warm weather, morning fog, and short britches on folks who have no business wearing them. It’s springtime. The mosquitoes are airborne again.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - April 3, 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: 'Betting on catfish'

OUTDOORS COLUMNIST: I wrote a column and won a bet praising the lowdown catfish

The catfish is a noble creature with whom I’ll always share a special bond.

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Post-spawn crappie tactics

Post-spawn is a traditional transition time for crappies

Anglers wishing to catch a limit of fish for the fryer and the freezer must learn how to pinpoint them to be successful.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - March 28, 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: The bluff beckons

You never know what you might encounter, no matter how often you go

The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve is six thousand acres of uniqueness thoughtfully set aside and saved.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - March 21, 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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Giving bobwhites the edge

Quail populations continue to decline

Experts agree the most important reason for the decline is the deficiency of habitat where breeding quail can successfully nest and raise chicks.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Thank goodness every day's not a fish fry

Outdoors: No adventure in frying fish straight out of freezer in safe conditions

A highlight (or lowlight) of out fishing/camping excursions was the ritual cooking and eating of our day’s catch on the bank of some favorite lake or stream.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - March 14, 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: When our fishing buddy grows up

Outdoors: Fishing is fun until they become a teenager

Thirteen is an absolute horror if the new teenager has become a better fisherman than his old man, not only is he no longer afraid to rub it in, he relishes and looks forward to every opportunity to do so.

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