Originally created 07/25/99

Hanson, world record buck among Buckarama features



The man who bagged the world record whitetail will show off the monster buck during the Georgia Wildlife Federation's annual Buckarama Aug. 5-8 at the Atlanta Expo Center.

Visitors ought to bring cameras along to shoot photos of the buck bagged by Milo Hanson in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1993. Its typical rack scored 213 5/8 Boone and Crockett Club points.

For a small fee, visitors can have their photo made with Milo Hanson with his full-body deer mount or replica shoulder mount. The mount of Floyd Benson's Georgia state record whitetail for 16 years also will be on display.

Doors open Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. and close at 9; Aug. 6 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Aug. 7 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Aug. 8 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for seniors and children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

Hanson also will present seminars throughout the weekend.

Hunters can enter deer heads between 1 p.m. on Aug. 5 and 6 p.m., on Aug. 7 for a chance to win a St. Louis Hawken .50 caliber rifle. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m., on Aug. 8.

To reach the Expo Center, take I-285 to exit 40 (Jonesboro Road). Parking is free and the building is air-conditioned.

BUSSEY POINT HUNTS:

Archery hunts for deer on Bussey Point Management Area in Lincoln County, Ga., have been scheduled for Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 15-16, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Muzzleloader hunts for flintlock and percussion guns will be held Nov. 26-27 and limited to 100 hunters daily on a first come, first served basis.

Hunters will be checked through the entrance gate, which will be manned by Corps and Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel. The gate is open an hour before sunrise through an hour after sundown.

Camping is limited to the area adjacent to the check station.

CLASSIC WEEK:

Forty-five of the nation's top bass fishermen gather in New Orleans this week for the 29th BASS Masters Classic on the Louisiana Delta in the Mississippi River Basin.

The tournament begins on Thursday, July 29, and ends Saturday.

Each morning, they will be launched in identical bass rigs, fish under a time deadline and return to the Louisiana Superdome to weigh in their catches in front of thousands of fishing fans.

Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, no longer is associated with BASS or the Classic weigh-ins. Professional anglers Fish Fishburne and Hank Parker will share the duties again this year.

For the first time, the thousands of fans will be allowed to leave their seats and meet the 45 fishermen following the final weigh-in at 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday and crowning of the champion.

EAGLES TAKING OFF:

Georgia's American bald eagle population has completed its most successful nesting season ever documented, the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division reported.

The annual nesting survey conducted by DNR's Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program documented a total of 49 occupied nesting territories from Gilmer County in north Georgia to Lowndes County in the south and from the Chattahoochee River to the Atlantic Ocean.

Thirty-nine counties had at lest one occupied nest and 34 of the nests produced 51 fledglings. By contrast, biologists counted 37 occupied territories with 26 successful nests producing 43 young during the 1997-98 season.