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Holiday Boating Incidents on Lake Allatoona

GA State Patrol Col. Mark McDonough ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The long Memorial Day Holiday Weekend is over.  Most of us are only dealing with sunburns or indigestion.  We had a relatively safe weekend on Lake Allatoona, but there were plenty of boating incidents elsewhere. Department of Natural Resources Spokeswoman Melissa Cummings kindly provided the final statistics about all the boating incidents that occurred around Georgia […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (4-7-14)

DNR Law Enforcement Division ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Spring is here, but “bad guys” don’t take time off to celebrate the change of seasons. Thankfully, neither do Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division Rangers.  They’re there when we need them most … and they’re there when lawbreakers wish they weren’t. The latest violations in the Law Enforcement Report include: Illegal artifact collection […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (10-22-13)

DNR Law Enforcement Division ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Judging from all the people our friends at Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division arrest every week, you’d think lawbreakers don’t know about jails and prisons. That might change soon for some of them. The latest Law Enforcement Report gives us a glimpse into what folks think they can get away with … until […]

Hunter Tips from Allatoona USACE


Our friends at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Allatoona have released a few safety tips for folks who hunt in the vicinity of Allatoona Lake, as they call it. These warnings might be new to you or you might have them memorized.  The point is they’re worthless unless you follow them. USACE […]

Labor Day Safe Boating Tips

DNR Rangers will patrol Lake Allatoona over the Memorial Day Weekend. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We’re finally getting the summer weather we’ve been used to over the years in Georgia, after many soggy weeks around Lake Allatoona. The Labor Day weekend officially closes out the summer season and brings amateurs out on the lakes to celebrate. Lt. Col. Jeff Weaver of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources says, “While the Labor […]

Deer Quota Hunt Deadline


Trigger finger getting itchy, Bubba? Before you lock & load and head out to blast Bambi, you’ll need to complete an online quota application with the DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division. The deadline to file your application is “before midnight, September 1st.”  Which, in my world, means the deadline is 11:59 PM on August 31st. Deer […]

Ginseng Harvest Season Starts Sept. 1st


The Georgia law dealing with the beginning of ginseng harvest season has changed.  Although the ginseng harvest season used to begin on August 15, it has been changed to September 1st. The majority of states that permit the harvest and sale of American Ginseng have also established a beginning harvest date of September 1st. To improve consistency, reduce […]

Florida Breaks Truce in Water Wars

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  In a move that might be calculated to draw attention away from the portions of Florida that are sinking into the ground like a version of Whac-A-Mole played with real estate, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott fired another round in the Water Wars. On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Florida — best known as the bastion of […]

Alabama’s Senator Sessions’ “Water Wars” Press Release


This press release was distributed on July 22, 2013, by Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions.  We present it without edits or commentary (except for the illustration). WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after today’s hearing concerning the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) and the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) River Systems: […]

Operation Zero Tolerance Targets DUI Drivers


The Fourth of July is when a lot of amateurs get busted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland   The July 4th Holiday Weekend is like the amateur hour for folks who Drive Under the Influence (DUI). Neighbors, co-workers, teachers, family and friends visit other nice folks for BBQ and […]