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Page 23 MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry W. Johnson Don’t miss a chance to hunt en you for a number of small stop and game species open during think Nevember. Here is a list of about the seasons that begin this it, the month. only two months Monroe ' Quail The season hunters cannot legally hunt for the bird known as are June and July. Isn’t that the Prince of the Game- something? It is hard to birds runs from Nov. 16 believe we can enjoy through this time-honored Feb. 29. tradition throughout The daily most of the year. bag limit is That being said, if 12. Before you were asked to pick the white- your favorite month tailed deer to hunt, which would became it be? In my case, in the most the blink of an eye, I popular would choose Novem- 2 game ber. . TERRY w. JOHNSON animal in There are a couple of the state, reasons why I would veteran pick November. First, I hunters will tell you open- love to hunt in November ing day of the quail season because the weather is so was the most highly antici- often ideal. In my eyes, the pated opening day of the perfect November day is entire hunting season. cool, humidity is low, and Nowadays the popu- skies are often crystal clear larity of quail hunting and breathtakingly blue. I has plummeted locally also enjoy the scent of the primarily because quail fall woods, beautiful red, are not nearly as abundant yellow, and orange fall foli- as they once were. One of age, as well as the sound the prime reasons for the made by leaves crunching quail’s demise is much of beneath my hunting boots. the county’s quail habitat To top it off, at some time has disappeared. As such, during the month I can most local quail hunters Zhunt all species of game travel elsewhere to hunt found in Monroe County this magnificent game with the exception of the bird. wild turkey, fox, bobcat Rabbit - The rabbit and American woodcock. season also extends from This unbelievable assort- Nov. 16 through Feb. 29. ment of hunting oppor- Hunters can bag 12 rabbits tunities is made possible per day. Nowadays al- by the fact the seasons though rabbit populations R"'e"“'"“'“"0rter November l3, 20l9 this November Quail season in Monroe County is Nov. lb-Feb. 29, but quail, known as the ‘Prince of Gamebirds,’ are now hard to find locally, primarily because of loss of habitat. (Photo/Terry Johnson) will often fluctuate from year to year, rabbits are faring better than quail. While few hunting experi- ences compare with hunt- ing rabbits with a pack of beagles, hunters can also hunt them without the help of dogs. Crow — The crow season opened Nov. 2 and will close on Feb. 28. There is no limit on the number of crows you take in a day. It should be noted crows can be taken outside the hunt- ing season only when they are causing. damage to agricultural crops. While most crow hunters use a call held in the mouth, the use of electronic calls is also legal. . Snipe Snipe season comes in Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 28. Hunters are allowed to take eight per day. The Wilson’s snipe is a long-billed migratory bird that winters in small num- SAVE ON INTERNET AND HOME PHONE SERVICE WITH LIFELINE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM if you participate in any of the programs below. you maybe eligible for lifeline assistance. 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Most of the snipe bagged locally are en route to their wintering grounds in such places as South Georgia and Florida. They are particularly abundant in shallow marshes along the coast. Before the demise of most of the dairy farms in the county, snipe could often be found probing for food in muddy spots created by herds of dairy cows. These days snipe are most often encountered along the muddy shores of farm ponds and the like. Fortunately, local hunt- ers can hunt small game on public lands a few miles from their home. The Rum Creek Wildlife Management Area offers small game hunting Nov. 2-13 as well as Nov. 17- Feb. 29. Across the Ocmulgee River in Jones County, hunters can hunt small game on the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge on the following dates: Squirrel - Nov. 10-13 and Nov. 17-Feb. 29; Rabbit Nov. 17-Feb. 29; Quail - NOV. 29-30, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 27-28, Jan. 17-18, and Ian. 24-25; and raccoon and opossum - Dec. 6-7, The Cleanest Carpet In Forsyth Your carpet and rugs will look beautiful for the holidays. You will feel confident rid secure knowing that you have 'Forsyth’s most referred IICRC Certi- fied Carpet Cleaning company in -' your home. You get all this: , - Pie-agitation and high performance vacuum to remove dry soils. 0 FREE specialty spot cleaning to remove ' grease, dirt, soda, gum, wax, pet urine, ink, food, etc. (most cleaners charge extra) - Carpet stays cleaner longer with our protec- tive finish, PLUS you get a 1 year spot and spill warranty for ultimate peace of mind- - Free carpet deodorizer to freshen things up for your holiday guests. Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21, Dec. 27—28, Jan. 3-4, Jan. 10-11, Jan. 17-18 and Jan. 24—25. Keep in mind a refuge permit is required for all hunts. Call the refuge office (478-986-5441 or email piedmont@fws.gov for details. For more information regarding small game hunting in Georgia, con— sult the 2019-20 edition of the Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide. This free publica- tion is available at your local license dealer. The guide can also be viewed online at www.GoHunt- Georgiacom. In closing, please note the following corrections to the printed guide: quail/ rabbit opening date - Nov. 16, 2019 and crow season Nov. 2, 2019-Feb. 28, 2020. 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. His book, ‘21 Journey to Discovery,” is available at The Reporter. Email him at tjwoodduck@bellsouth. net. Cory McCook Owner You’ll love the service we give. 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