Rob Pavey blogs green issues and the outdoors life

By: Rob Pavey on November 17, 2010 - 11:49am - Add new comment

Is nothing sacred anymore? Last week we wrote about a hunter's trophy whitetail being stolen from a skinning shed. This week, one of our readers called to tell me about a stolen duck blind.

Bob Lynch and Don Cooper spent many hours and lots of money building and camouflaging their blind in a favorite hunting spot on the Savannah River below Augusta.

When they returned this week to check on the 20-foot-wide floating platform, though, they couldn't find it - and it wasn't because of the camouflage.

By: Rob Pavey on November 10, 2010 - 5:54pm - Add new comment

Plenty of hunters have lost deer due to poor shot placement or misaligned rifle scopes.

Last weekend, after taking the finest buck of his life,  Doug Waller lost a trophy buck in a very different way: someone stole it.

The 43-year-old hunter, accompanied by his young daughter, was ecstatic after taking a tall-tined eight-pointer at Brier Creek Sportsmen's Club in Burke County.

After calling his friends and posing for photos, they dropped the deer off at the club's cleaning station on George Perkins Road near Hephzibah, and then left for a short dog drive.

By: Rob Pavey on October 26, 2010 - 10:36am - Add new comment

It's always entertaining to check out the things our counterparts at other newspapers come up with, and last week's column on deer hunters by the sports editor at the Covington (Ga.) News was one of the oddest essays I've seen in a while.


In a nutshell, the writer, Josh Briggs, apparently took offense after he was sent a photo of a father and son with the boy's deer, and was asked to publish the picture.


By: Rob Pavey on October 18, 2010 - 12:00pm - Add new comment

For deer hunters, few things are as sacred as opening weekend - even if Mother Nature and the big bucks aren't ready to cooperate.

The good news for the state's 305,000 whitetail chasers was that last weekend ushered in the first cool mornings of autumn, with temperatures pushing into the low 40s for most counties in our area. Afternoons are still very warm - and I have the mosquito bites to prove it.

By: Rob Pavey on October 12, 2010 - 4:48pm - Add new comment

If you thought you heard centerfire rifles going off last weekend, you probably did.

Although Georgia's regular firearms season for whitetails doesn't open until Saturday, kids 15 and under were offered a chance to start a week early this year - and lots of them accepted.

The idea, outlined in Senate Bill 474 that became law last summer, was to allow young hunters to use conventional firearms during the brief "primitive weapons" season normally reserved for black powder enthusiasts.

By: Rob Pavey on October 7, 2010 - 3:49pm - Add new comment

Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii is the where the world watches the rest of the universe.

The dormant volcano rises 13,796 feet from the coastline below. Measured from its base below the sea, it is earth's tallest mountain.

If you think it resembles another planet, you're not alone. NASA chose its rocky terrain to test lunar landers and the Mars Rover long before they were propelled into space.

Today, it is the world's primary window to the stars - and its barren summit houses the most sophisticated complex of observatories in the world.

By: Rob Pavey on October 5, 2010 - 3:31pm - Add new comment

We got plenty of comments and emails last week after publishing the trailcam photo of the mystery cat seen in Screven County.

Some were decidedly in favor of declaring it a panther - others are convinced it was a dark, grainy image of one of the swamp's most common predators: the bobcat.

With all the reported sightings of panther-like creatures - often described as dark brown or black, and too small to be a panther - another theory involves the jaguarundi, a rare wildcat native to Mexico and Central America.

By: Rob Pavey on September 28, 2010 - 1:27pm - Add new comment

Georgia wildlife officials say we don't have panthers - and people who claim to have seen one continue to insist otherwise.

It's a perennial stalemate that has lingered for decades, with dozens of sightings reported annually across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

Without evidence, however, the reports are routinely dismissed as mistaken identity linked to hound dogs, bobcats, large feral cats or small deer.

By: Rob Pavey on September 27, 2010 - 8:51am - Add new comment

As reporters, we always look for local angles to national stories.

This week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced plans to reclassify the wood stork after 26 years on the Endangered Species List - and there is a very definite local connection.

One of the places that has played a role in its gradual recovery is the Audubon Society's Silver Bluff Sanctuary along the Savannah River near Jackson, S.C.

By: Rob Pavey on September 22, 2010 - 6:36pm - Add new comment

Augusta has its share of gator fans, and it has nothing to do with the Bulldogs' performance this season.

We're talking about real gators - the ones that live in the Savannah River and the vast swamps below Augusta.

Georgia's limited hunting season for the big reptiles opened earlier this month for hunters lucky enough to win one of the state's 850 coveted tags, of which only 60 are earmarked for Zone 9, which includes the Augusta area. In all, Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division received more than 6,000 applications.

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