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Bob Kornegay

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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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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Sept. 6, 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: Not all cuckoos are in the mangroves

OUTDOORS: Stories of south Florida indicate it is another world compared to the Panhandle

Australian pine trees, Brazilian pepper bushes, and weirdly attractive baobab trees were a definite culture shock, as were monk parakeets nesting on utility poles and pet-shop lizards darting about the suburban landscapes. There are “exotic” varieties of Homo sapiens as well.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Aug. 29, 2014 weekend

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

An update on fishing prospects at lakes Seminole, Blackshear and Walter F. Georgia, along with the Flint River.

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OUTDOORS: Where and how for Southwest Georgia trophy cats

All year, catfish are regularly taken in a variety of sizes and numbers.

Among the sportfish species inhabiting southwest Georgia waters, the catfish is a particularly prized angler’s target.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Not heeding a lesson can leave you rattled

OUTDOORS: Straying off the beaten path is not without it perils

Once you learn a lesson about the outdoors, it’s best to abide by it.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Aug. 22, 2014 weekend

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

Here is a look at this weekend’s prospects on the Flint River and at lakes Seminole, Blackshear and Water F. George.

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BOB KORNEGAY: I've been waiting for the railroad

OUTDOORS: Long, slow trains give you time to think

Thoughts and distractions almost make the wait worth it.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Aug. 16, 2014 weekend

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

Fishinhg is fair this weekend on lakes Seminole and George, as well as the Flint River.

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OUTDOORS: Too many bass: A common farm-pond problem

Biologists say the beauty of the bass/bluegill system lies in its simplicity

The largemouth bass and bluegill sunfish combination has for many years been the most common strategy for stocking private ponds in the Southeast.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Outdoor 'plumbing' can be plumb dangerous

OUTDOORS: Outdoorsmen have their own problems when 'nature' calls

Outdoorsmen never know just what sort of “faclities” they may encounter when the time comes to answer Nature’s call. It goes way beyond the common variables of long lines, sanitary conditions, and whether or not the soap dispenser is full.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Aug. 9, 2014 weekend

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

Fishing update for the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

BOB KORNEGAY: Brief summer puppy love was a swan song

OUTDOORS: Sometimes payback is justifiable

Nothing’s quite as foul as certain messy and ill-tempered waterfowl.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Aug. 1, 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 current fishing prospects on the Flint River and lakes Blackshear, Seminole and Walter F. George.

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OUTDOORS: Nuisance wildlife requires diligence and persistence

Animals require four things to survive: food, water, cover and space

Herald outdoors columnist Bob Kornegay writes about wildlife that can become a nuisance to home owners.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Legs and terrapins should run for cover

OUTDOORS: Sometimes poor timing can be fatal

With the exceptions of thunderstorms and 100 percent humidity, few things ruin an otherwise pleasant warm-weather outing like the sight of some people clad in short pants.

HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - July 25, 2014 weekend

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

Bass fishing is fair in the lakes, but a little slow in the Flint River.

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BOB KORNEGAY: My companion, Mr. Whiskers

OUTDOORS: Catfish, like Kornegays, are simple souls

Neither catfish nor catfishermen make fun of my cheap tackle, my warped, leaky boat, or the fact it is not logical that I smell like I do and am still alive. I am, on the contrary, a hero in their unique realm

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - July 18, 2014 weekend

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

Fishing’s fair on south Georgia’s waterways.

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Armadillos: Adaptable and troublesome

Wildlife species has become too common

The nine-banded armadillo is a frequent and usually unwelcomed visitor in area landscapes and is one of 20 existing species of armadillo, originally from South America.

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BOB KORNEGAY: No cure for the bird nerd

OUTDOORS: Bird lovers drive countless miles in hopes of glimpsing rare or seldom-seen species

Herald Outdoor Columnist Bob Kornegay's bird nerdiness began about five years ago and is chronically persistent.

BOB KORNEGAY: Don't rush to judgment

OUTDOORS: Outdoorsmen are not a lazy bunch ... really

Some folks consider outdoors people lazy, slovenly, and loutish. I beg to differ. Outdoorsmen (and women) often go to great lengths to accomplish a worthwhile goal, often doing so by highly admirable means.

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Wood duck boxes increase nesting opportunities

The wood duck is perceived by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfowl species in North America and is a perennial favorite of area waterfowl hunters.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Trout fishing? Theres a catch

OUTDOORS: Sometimes with nature, you get the unexpected

Ah, outdoor life’s little surprises. This ultimate “trout pool” was just one more in a long list. There have been numerous others.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 28, 2014 weekend

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

It’s another mostly fair fishing weekend on Southwest Georgia waterways.

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OUTDOORS: Avoiding and surviving venomous snakebites

Snakes are Southwest Georgia’s most misunderstood wildlife group

Outdoors lovers should use caution and common sense when outside during daytime or nighttime hours.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Southern cypress swamps are things of beauty

OUTDOORS: A swamps is alive, vibrant and vital

I, for one, would not be the same without the swamp. It is here that I came of age.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 21, 2014 weekend

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

Fishing’s just fair right now in Southwest Georgia waterways.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Gearin' up and gettin' ready

OUTDOORS: The North Georgia mountains are callin' me

I’m ready for cold mountain streams. I’m ready for high-country hiking trails. I’m ready for nesting warblers in Sosebee Cove and common ravens soaring above the summit of Brasstown Bald. I’m ready for feisty trout at the end of my fishing line. I’m ready for a week-long respite from oppressive heat and humidity.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - June 7, 2014 weekend

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

Fishing is mostly fair in Southwest Georgia waterways.

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BOB KORNEGAY: The waterfowling lessons of childhood

OUTDOORS: Childhood is a great teacher if we listen

If long-term memory serves, there’s not much that excites a youngster more than the last day of school.

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OUTDOORS: Attracting backyard bluebirds

The increased activity of Eastern bluebirds is a certain sign that spring and summer nesting season has arrived.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Making the best of it

OUTDOORS: Sometimes fishing trips don't quite work out like you planned

Sometimes an unfair trade’s the best you’re going to get, so you may as well make the best of it.

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