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Bob Kornegay

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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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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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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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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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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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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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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - March 7, 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: Time again for 'crappie' thoughts

OUTDOORS: Unusual fish is about as strange as the fisherman who desperately tries to catch it

The daily limit for crappies is liberal and fried crappie fillets are mama-slappin’ good eating.

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Fly rod bream and bass: no big mystique

All you need for a fly-fishing outing on area waterways are a fly rod/fly reel combo and a small handful of bass and/or bream flies

When fly-fishing, the angler is simply imitating wayward insects falling onto the water’s surface, and since bass and bream feed on top early in the morning and late in the afternoon, those times are generally best.

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HOW THEYRE BITIN: Southwest Georgia fishing - Feb. 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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'Take a kid fishing' not just an empty cliche'

Getting kids interested early is important to preserving the sport

Anglers wishing to join the ranks of those who derive pleasure from fishing with children need do little else but find a willing kid and go.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Alone but not lonely

Outdoors: In the outdoors the loner sees and experiences more of nature than the pair, the trio, or the crowd

When we venture alone into wild places, we come to the realization that we are not escaping reality, but entering into it.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Feb. 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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BOB KORNEGAY: Fish bait has changed over the years

Outdoors: After hunting for live fish bait years ago, it now comes in vending machines

Digging one’s own worms and catching crickets, minnows and crawdads was often an adventure.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Feb. 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: I can't help it, I still like squirrels

Outdoors: Squirrels are cut and furry and even better to eat

One good reason to like squirrels is that the bag limit is large and they are delicious.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Feb. 7, 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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Bass-fishing's 'tried-and-true' winter-bait

Jig-and-pig combo still a popular lure for winter bass fishermen

To achieve the proper “look,” Veteran bass fisherman George Mortenson uses a white jig tipped with white or silver pork almost exclusively.

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BOB KORNEGAY: I'll take the long route

Outdoors: The long route has taken me through places I would have missed

The express routes and the fast lanes have their places and sometimes even I can’t avoid them, but the long way back, I’ll take it whenever I can.

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HOW THEY'RE BITIN': Southwest Georgia fishing - Jan. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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