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Page 2B MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. John Now that both the squirrel and dove seasons are open, if you are looking for additional hunting opportunities, you do not have long to wait. It seems that opening day for both the Early Teal and Archery seasons is just days away. The Early Teal Hunting Season opens Sept. 8 and doses 16 days later on Sunday, Sept. 23. During thisTERRY W. abbreviated season, hunters are permitted to bag only blue and green-winged teal. The daily bag limit on these small, fast-flying ducks is six. If you plan on hunting teal on the Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), keep in mind dur- ing this season legal shoot- ing hours end at 12 noon. In addition, Lake Juliette is open for teal hunting from Wednesday-Sunday only. Also, no duck hunting is allowed west of Ebenezer Road. If you don't have a han- kering to hunt squirrels, doves, or teal September 8, you might want to pull out your bow and go deer hunting. The Archery Only Deer Hunting Season runs from Sept. 8-Oct. 12. How- ever, archers can also hunt throughout the Firearms and Primitive Weapons Deer Hunting seasons. Although you do not have to wear at least 500 square inches of visible hunter orange during the Archery Only Season, it is required when you archery hunt during both the Primitive Weapons and Firearms Deer Hunting Sea- . sons. JOHNSON As was the case last year, the season bag limit for deer taken with archery equipment is 12. Archers are permitted to bag only two antlered deer per sea- son. It is also important to note that one of these two antlered deer must possess at least four points that measure at least one inch on one side of the deer's antlers. Legal archery equipment is limited to crossbows, longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows. Only broadhead type ar- rows can be used with any of these bows. Literally thousands of acres of public lands scat- tered across the state offer hunters a wide variety of archery hunting opportuni- ties. Here is a short list of some of those areas located son i ort r s i within a short drive of your Monroe County home. The Berry Creek Area is open for archery only either-sex deer hunting from Sept. 8-Jan. 13. The Rum Creek WM Ks archery-only season is broken into two segments. The first portion of the season runs from Sept. 8-Oct. 7. The season kicks back in Nov. 12 and ends Nov. 23. Deer of either sex can be harvested through this hunt. Across the Ocmulgee River, the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will hold an either- sex archery deer hunt that will run from Sept. 8-Sept. A white-failed buck checks out his surroundings. Archery 30. For more information only Deer Season is Sept. 8-Oct. 12. (Photo/Terry Johnson) regarding this hunt, contact the Piedmont NWR (478) Two Quality Buck and Sept. 8-30 and Nov. 4-5. 986-5441 or by email (pied- Antlerless Archer Hunts The Echeconnee Creek mont@fsw.gov), are also scheduled for the WMA is the site of an An archery-only deer Big Lazer Creek WMA. archery-only deer hunt hunt will be held at the The dates for the events are Sept. 8-Jan. 13. Bond Swamp NWR (situ- Sept. 8-28 and Oct. 21-Nov. An either-sex archery- ated just south of Macon 7. only deer hunt is being along the shores of the The Cedar Creek WMA offered at the Flat Creek Ocmulgee River) Sept. will be open for archery- Public Fishing Area Sept. 8-Nov. 4. This refuge is only deer hunting Sept. 8 8-Jan. 13. administered by the staff through Oct. 10. A Youth Either-Sex of the Piedmont NWR. As An archery-only deer Archery Deer Hunt is such, contact the Piedmont hunt is slated for the Cedar scheduled for Sundays dur- NWR for details regarding Creek - Little River Area ing the statewide season at regulations and permits Sept. 8 through Jan. 13. the Perry Dove Fidd near governing this hunt. Camp Thunder will alsoPerry. Two Quality Buck and hold an archery-only deer Archery hunters will Anfledess Archery Hunts hunt from Sept. 8 through be able to take part in an will take place at the B.E Jan. 13. either-sex archery-only Grant WMA. The dates of Archery-only, either-sex deer hunt from Sept. 8-Jan. these hunts are Sept. 8-16 deer hunting will be per- 13 on the Sprewell Bluff and Nov. 15-18. mitted on the Clybel WMA WMA - East. ~e 7. ap In comparison, the SpreweU BluffWMA - West will be site of a quality buck/antledess deer hunt Sept. 8-Oct. 12. On the Oconee National Forest, an Archery-Only Deer Hunt will be held Sept. 8-Oct. 12. In addition, archery deer hunting will be permitted on the forest throughout the statewide firearms season. It should be noted that during the firearms season, archers ;: must follow the firearms either-sex dates set for the Oconee National Forest. Details regarding archery " hunting of the forest can be obtained from the U.S. " Forest Service at (706) -485-1776. " Since space allows me to provide only thumbnail *- descriptions of all of these hunts, I strongly urge you to consult the 2018-19 edi- ; tion of the Georgia Hunt " ing Seasons and Regula- tions Guide for details ,- :b. before taking part in any of these hunts. The online version of the guide can be,;" accessed at www.gohunt- georgia.com. 4 Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column "Monroe Outdoors' for the Reporter for many .years. Email him at tjwood- duck@bellsouth.net. The Mary Persons IV foot- ball team used some fourth quarter heroics to secure a 6-6 tie against Jones County on Thursday. The Greyhounds scored late in the first quarter and missed the two-point conversion to make it 6-0. It stayed that way until the fourth quarter. able to run the ball effectively, the Bulldogs soon faced a 4th-and-11 with just 2:11 to go. That's when quarterback Michael Harrison found receiver Adrian Hughley for a 27-yard gain and an unlikely first down. cepted a desperation pass with 12 seconds left and took it to the house for the apparent winning score. But the refer- ees called the Greyhounds for an illegal block on the return, to the relief of MP fans. But Jones County had one A pass narrowly eludes the hands ::~ of a ~" Bulldogs' receiver during Coach Barren Hamlin more snap to try to win deep the MP :" decided to keep it in the air, in MP territory. The Grey- JV's 6-6 and it paid off, as Dennis hound running back broke tie with Jones County's offense bogged down by at least three shot,gun Swain caught the game-tying into the secondary and had Jones snaps over the quarterbacks touchdown. Hamlin elected to only one man to beat to win County on~, head, none of which the MP go for two, but it failed, the game as time expired. But Thursday. defense could recover. The MP defense forced that man, Hughley, picked up (Photo/ :' But under 3 minutes left another Jones County punt on the Jones County ball carrier Will Da-" in the game, MP forced its ensuing possession, and the and body slammed him to the vis) :: , another punt and had one Bulldogs had another shot to turf, preserving the 6-6 tie for o' more chance to score. Un- win. But Jones County inter- the Bulldogs. ,-' Y 1[ 1[ 11 N TRY of15 teams at the Midstate Cross 138th with a time of 23 minutes, Other MP gifts runners whototal runners with a time of 22 *" *--'" Country Classic at Cherokee16 seconds, and Timothy Cle- competed on Aug. 25 but did not minutes, 6 seconds. (2onhnuod from I-rent Pines Golf Course in Perry. The ments, who placed 187th with a post counting times included: Other MP girls runners who Bulldogs tallied 150 points to time of 25 minutes, 17 seconds sophomore Logan Landers, who recorded counting scores on 19 minutes, 47 seconds, sopho- tie Lee County for fourth place. Other boys teams who compet- placed 192nd with a time of 26 Aug. 18 included: Hampton, more Holden Haworth, who Veterans was the meet cham-ed at the Aug. 18 meet in order of minutes, 54 seconds, sophomore who placed llth with a time of placed 186th with a time of 20 pion with 70 points, foUowed by highest to lowest finish included: Christina Medlin, who placed 23 minutes, 16 seconds, Boyer, , minutes, 38 seconds, and sopho- Wayne County in second place Warner Robins, Northside 203rd with a time of 27 minutes, who placed 13th with a time of more Alec Rermck, who placed r R m . with 82 points. Westoverplaced ( arne ob" s), Perry, Houston 18 seconds, and junior Jackie 23 minutes, 30 seconds, Leverett, 191st with a time ot 20 minutes, third with 129 points. County, Spalding, Coffee, Mount Gore, who placed 207th with a who placed 20th with a time of 43 seconds. Wachtel was once again thede Sales, Howard, ACE and time of 27 minutes, 49 seconds. 24 minutes, 9 seconds, and Mar- Other MP boys runners who boys meet champion with a time HawkinsviUe. Other girls teams who com-tin, who placed 32nd with a time competed on Aug 25 but did not f 44 n e anw o 15 minutes, seco ds, b st- Me hile, the Mary Persons peted at the Aug. 25 meet in of 25 minutes, 43 seconds post counting times included: ing second-place Henry Plowden girls cross country squad also order of highest to lowest finish Other MP girls runners who "unior Alex Hansen, who placed -- m J . of Westover by 1 minute, 19 competed" Hampton on Satur- included: Union Grove, Brook- competed on Aug. 18 but did not 225th with a time of 21 minutes, seconds. There were 259 boys day, Aug. 25, placing 14th out of wood, Paideia, Lakeside (Evans), post counting times induded: o 30 seconds, sophomore Weston runn 30 teams with 395 o ers in all. " p ints. Mari-Decatur, Jones County, North Hope Brooks, who placed 41st 7.: Dunwody, who placed 227th Other MP boys runners who etta was the girls meet cham- Atlanta, Hebron Christian, Druid with a time of 26 minutes, 17 :i with a time of 21 minutes, 31 recorded counting scores on Aug. pion with 56 points, followed by Hills, East Paulding, Northgate, seconds, Medlin, who placed seconds, and Austin Cookman, 18 included: O Neill, who placed Mandarin with 118 points. Pope Whitewater, Walker, Ola, Walnut 43rd with a time of 26 minutes, who placed 251 st with a time of eighth with a time of 18 minutes, finished in third place with 131 Grove, Perry, Trinity Christian 21 seconds, Gore, who placed " 22 minutes, 40 seconds. 1 second, Remick, who placed points. (Sharpsburg), Wheeler, Veterans, 49th with a time of 26 minutes, - Other boys teams who com 3 e MP s * - 8th with a tim of 19 minutes, top individual finisher Woodward Academy, Mount 50 seconds, Landers, who placed peted at the Aug. 25 meet in 49 seconds, Battles, who placed was sophomore Ava McKallip,Vernon Presbyterian, North51st with a time of 26 minutes, order of highest to lowest finish 42nd with a time of 19 minutes, who placed 38th out of 237 run- Cobb, Locust Grove, Morrow, 57 seconds, Skyler Sandefur, included: Marietta, Northgate, 53 seconds, and Haworth, who ners with a time of 22 minutes. Henry County and Dutchtown. who placed 63rd with a time of 7," Decatur, Mandarin, Ola, White- placed 71st with a time of 20 Presley Miles of Saint James was The MP gifts squad also opened 28 minutes, 15 seconds, Chloe water, Union Grove, Woodward minutes, 54 seconds, the girls individual:champion its season one week earlier on Kell, who placed 80th with a time Academy, Strong Rock Christian, Other MP boys runners who with a time of 18 minutes, 25 Aug. 18, taking first place out of of 32 minutes, 6 seconds, and Veterans, Walnut Grove, North competed on Aug. 18 but did not seconds, besting second-place 11 teams in the MidState Cross Rebecca Jones, who placed 92nd Atlanta, East Pauldmg, Locust post counting times included: Mackenzie Walls of Veterans by Country Classic in Perry with a with a time of 33 minutes, 34 Grove, Mount Vernon, North]gunwody, who placed 75th with 49 seconds, team score of 76 points, seconds. Cobb, Jones County, Paideia, a time of 20 minutes, 54 seconds, Other MP girls runners who The Lady Dogs edged second- Other girls teams who compet- *" Druid Hills, Wheeler, Eagle's Henson who placed 83rd with a recorded counting scores on Aug. place Perr34 who finished with ed at the Aug. 18 meet in order of Landing, Trinity Christiantime of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, 25 included: freshman Caroline 77 points, by a single point Lee highest to lowest finish induded: (Sharpsburg), Providence Chris- Cookman, who placed 106th Hampton, who placed 73rd with County placed third with 83 Veterans, Houston County, Cot- " tian Academy, Mount Bethelwith a time of 21 minutes, 59 a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds, points. Veterans' Walls was the fee, ACE, Hawkinsville, Westo- Christian, Spalding, Woodland seconds, Jon Thomas Smith, who sophomore Sarah Boyer, who meet individual champion with ver, Mount de Sales and Howard. (Stockbridge), Morrow, Perry, placed 108th with a time of 22 placed 84th with a time of 23 a time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds, The MP varsity and JV cross Mount de Sales, Hampton, Lu- minutes, 1 second, Liam Spence, minutes, 31 seconds, freshman nearly two minutes faster than country squads will next corn- ella, Our Lady of Mercy, Eastside who placed 117th with a time Maradeth Leverett, who placed the second-place finisher, Jordan pete in their lone home meet of and Henry County. of 22 minutes, 18 seconds, Kent 98th with a time of 24 minutes, 1 Rozier of Howard. the season, the Bulldog Distance ]i The MP boys squad opened its Mantle, who placed 127th with a second, and sophomore Stormie MP's top individual finisher Classic, at the Monroe County season one week earlier on Aug. time of 22 minutes, 50 seconds, Martin, who placed 157th with a was once again McKallip, who Recreation Department at 8 a.m. 18 with a fourth place finish out Hunter Benson, whO placed time of 25 minutes, 42 seconds, placed sixth overall out of 110 on Saturday, Sept. 8.