This week, Thursday marks the beginning of Georgia’s squirrel season, which runs from Aug. 15 to Feb. 28 and is generally among the earliest opportunities to get into the woods with a gun.
Before the restoration of whitetails across the South, most folks hunted small game – including squirrel.
Today, it is more of an option than a main event, but it is also a simple, easy and fun way to get kids outside before those frosty mornings of autumn.
Georgia forests hold both gray and fox squirrels. The maximum daily bag limit is 12 per hunter.
SELF INFLICTED: In a perplexing turn of events, authorities announced last week – after a 10-month investigation – that the case of a deer hunter found dead in Wilkes County, Ga., last year has been solved.
The body of Jeffrey Sean Gebhardt, 35, of Blairsville, Ga., was located by a Georgia State Patrol helicopter Sept. 22 after he had called authorities from his cell phone to say he was lost in a remote part of the Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area in Wilkes County.
Two days later, police announced the cause of death as homicide, based on autopsy results. In closing the case last week, however, the Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office said the fatal wounds were “self inflicted.”
The findings were affirmed by a grand jury that heard evidence gathered by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that included the opinions of State Medical Examiner Daniel Brown.
Gebhardt, an employee of a north Georgia slaughterhouse, was among 286 hunters who turned out for a Sept. 21-23 early firearms hunt.
TRAPPERS AND GOLF: The Georgia Trappers Association, which will hold its statewide conference in Columbia County this year, will hold its first annual GTA Golf Tournament on Aug. 17 at Bartram Trail Golf Club off Columbia Road, Evans.
The formats include four-man scramble and captain’s choice, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Lunch is provided.
Cost is $75 per person, $300 per team with hole sponsorships for $150 and hole sponsorships with team for $400. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trappers Association’s scholarship fund.
To register or for more details, contact organizer Dan Eaton, (706) 399-2561.
BUSSEY DEER HUNTS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold four primitive weapon deer hunts in Bussey Point, located in Lincoln County, Ga.
The annual hunts are designed to maintain a healthy deer population throughout the 2,545-acre peninsula.
Archery-only hunts will be Sept. 20-21 and Oct. 1; and muzzleloader hunts will be held Oct. 12 and Nov. 15-16.
Hunters will be checked through the check station located at the gate. Hours of operation will be from one hour before sunrise through one hour after sundown.
The bag limit is two does and one quality buck each day of each hunt. Quality bucks are those with racks having four points or better on at least one side, or a 15-inch or greater outside spread.
Muzzleloader hunts are limited to 100 hunters per day. The muzzleloader hunters will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Archery hunters are invited to participate in all scheduled hunts.
Park visitors who are not hunting are encouraged to find other recreation areas during the scheduled hunts. The management area will also be closed two days prior to each hunt except to hunters scouting or placing deer stands. No weapons are allowed in Bussey Point on scouting days.
For more information, contact Ken Boyd, (800) 533-3478, ext. 1159, or (864) 333-1159.
RIVERKEEPER NIGHT: GreenJacket baseball will hold a Savannah Riverkeeper night at the stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7:05 p.m., as a fundraising effort on behalf on Savannah Riverkeeper. The event is being held in conjunction with the last home game of the season. Proceeds will be used to help renovate the organization’s building along the Savannah River .
To buy tickets or for more details, visit www.savannahriverkeeper.org.