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Page 2B iRL porter September 4, 2019 MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson or the past few weeks, I have been writing a series of columns dealing with hunting. This may seem strange, however, the truth of the matter is late Augus and the first couple of weeks in September, are awash with hunting-related matters. A num- ber of quota hunt deadlines occur in late August and four different hunt- ing seasons open during the first two weeks in Septem- ber. Last week I reported on the opening of the TERRY Dove Hunting Season on Sept. 7. It just so happens the first segment of the 2019-20 Canada Goose Hunting season also commences on the seventh. This portion of the season runs from Sept. 7-29. Three additional divi- sions will follow it. These installments are Oct. 12-27, Nov. 23-Dec. 1 and Dec. 12-Jan. 31. During the 2019-20 Canada Goose Hunting Season hunters will be able to legally bag up to five Canada geese per da)n The possession limit is 15. If you are scratching your head trying to figure out the reason why a Canada goose season opens so early, it is because the birds that we see flying about Georgia at that time of the year are residents. In other words, they do not migrate. They are hatched and raised in the Peach State. Consequently, the geese harvested in Septem- ber will not affect the con- tinent's migratory Canada goose population. Mean- while it offers additional hunting opportunities for Georgia hunters. On Sept. 14 the Early Teal Hunting Season begin and runs through Sept. 29. During this special sea- son hunters will be allowed to harvest six teal per day. The posses- sion limit on these tiny ducks is 18. Legal shoot- ing hours for Canada geese and teal are a half hour be- W. JOHNSON fore sunrise to sunset. Blue- winged teal migrate from their breeding grounds in the northern prairies and parklands as far south as the Dakotas. The bluew- ing's principal wintering grounds stretch across Central and South Amer- ica. Some birds, however, winter in Florida. The blue-winged teal migrates farther south than any other duck that breeds in North America. One banded bird was recovered in Peru. The green-winged teal nests from the Aleutian Islands across Canada and the northern United States as far south as central Kan- sas and Minnesota. The birds that wing their way down the Atlantic Flyway winter from along the South Carolina and Geor- gia coasts into Florida. The rationale behind the early teal season is slightly different from that behind the Canada goose season. ~,~i~ ~ The blue-winged teal migrates farther south than any other Since blue-winged teal migrate very early and most winter well south of the United States, south- ern duck hunters would have practically no chance of e(,er bagging a blue- winged without an early teal season. In the case of the green- winged teal, most green- wings are normally well north of Georgia in mid September, although a few do reach Georgia during the month. Consequently, a few will be bagged during an early season. How- ever, since many winter in Georgia, hunters will have a better chance to bag one later in the year. If you plan on hunting teal and/or Canada geese ii~.~,~ duck that breeds in North America, (Photo/Terry Johnson) on the Rum Creek Wildlife on the Rum Creek-BerryA complete listing of Management Area dur- Creek Area throughout the all state and federal lands ing these early seasons, entire archery season,open to archers this season keep in mind you can do The archery deer hunting and regulations relating to so Wednesday through dates for the Rum Creek archery deer hunting can Sunday only from one- WMA are Sept. 14-Oct. 6 be found in the 2019-20 half hour before sunrise and Nov. 23-29. Deer of edition of the Georgia to noon during the state either sex can be harvested Hunting and Regulations seasons for these species, during both segments. Guide. The guide is avail- Archery Deer Season Hunters will be able to able at all hunting license also begins Sept. 14. This hunt deer with archerydealers and online at www. season is open through equipment on the Pied-GoHuntGeorgia.com. Jan. 14. mont National Wildlife The season bag limit for Refuge Sept. 14-Oct. 6. Terry Johnson is retired white-tailed deer is 12. No Contact the refuge office at Program Manager of the more than 10 may be ant- 478-986-5441 for details. Georgia Nongame-Endan- ledess and no more than This season the Oconeegered Wildlife Program. He two may be antlered. One National Forest has set has written the informative of the antlered deer must aside Sept. 14 throughcolumn "Monroe Outdoors" have at least four points, Oct. 11 for archery only for the Reporter for many one inch or longer, on one deer hunting. Call theyears. His book, "A Journey side of the antlers. U.S. Forest Service office to Discovery," is available at Either sex archery deer at 706-485-1776 for more The Reporter. Email him at hunting will be permitted information, tjwoodduck@bellsouth.net. Mary Persons freshman Anna Woodgeard roped this two-run double during the MP JV squad's 17-5 home loss to Crawford County on Wednesday. (Photo/Richard Dumas) By Richard Dumas MP will then face Rutland forsyth@mymcr.net in a non-region home contest at 5:55 p.m. on The Mary Persons soft- Wednesday before heading ball team got offto a poor back on the road to face start in region play with a region foe Spalding at 5:55 pair of road losses, p.m. on Thursday. MP will The Lady Dogs were then take on Pike County pounded 12-4 at Upson- in a non-region road game Lee on Thursday just two at 5:55 p.m. on Monday days after being shut out before hosting Perry in a 7-0 at West Laurens on region contest at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Lady Dogs, 6-7 Meanwhile, the MP IV overall (0-2 in Region Lady Dogs were ham- 2-AAAA), were next mered 17-5 at home by scheduled to host Howard Crawford County on in their region home open- Wednesday. MP's Anna er at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Woodgeard had three RBIs, including a two-run Meeting All Your Insurance Needs Auto Home. Life. Business Personal Umbrella Policies Let us show you how much we can save you on your insurance. 57 S. Jane Pennington Yoff~ In 8oot'~ hands Lee St. Forsyth, GA 478-994-0850 JanePennington@allstate.com double to left-center in the bottom of the first. Also, MP's Lily Martin blasted a towering solo homer to left-center on the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning. The IV Lady Dogs will next host Rutland at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday before going on the road to take on Spalding at 4:30 p.m. on Thursda)n The MP IV will then head back on the road to face Pike County at 4:30 p.m. on Monday before returning home to host Perry at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Also, the Monroe County Middle School Lady Dogs were scheduled to play their first road contest of the season at Clifton Ridge at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The C-Team Lady Dogs will then return home to face Gray Station at 5 p m. on Thursday before heading back on the road to take on Henderson Middle at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10.