Joseph Myers commentary: Is predator hunting for you?

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerJune 18, 2012 

When it comes to hunting, do you get more enjoyment out of hunting those animals that eat the animals most other hunters go after?

Does the idea of taking out some coyotes have more appeal to you than sitting in a tree stand waiting for a deer to come by?

If so, then the Georgia Predator Hunting Association is for you.

The association, founded in 2009 by Rick Ward, Warren Offenberg, Gary Turley and Joe Rydell, has made it its mission to "encourage, educate, and promote predator hunting in the state of Georgia through seminars, organized hunts and promoting and demonstrating hunting techniques to interested hunters," according to the organization's website.

The association also said it will "promote ethical, legal (as established by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources) hunting practices to effectively harvest predators. The state of Georgia will benefit from the association through increased hunter's education and license sales while promoting Georgia's natural resources."

The organization, which costs $25 to join for a year, held its third annual Coyote Classic this year, and 14 two-man teams competed for cash and prizes. After 38 hours of hunting, the teams brought in 12 coyotes, despite a bad weekend for hunting. Winners were decided by the total numbers of coyotes harvested and total weight. The first-place team was Taylor Sheffield, Kenny Phillips and Pete Williams, who bagged three coyotes totalling more than 85 pounds. The team members shared the first-place prize of $1,000.

So, if your idea of fun is bagging bobcats, foxes, coyotes or even wild hogs, consider joining the Georgia Predator Hunting Association. You'll get the chance to meet fellow predator-hunting afficianados and maybe even pick up a few new tricks to use the next time you go hunting. For more information about the GPHA, go to www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Predator-Hunting-Association.

Callaway Gardens report

The Mountain Creek Lake water temperature last week was 73 degrees. Anglers said that largemouth bass were being caught throughout lake channels 14-16 feet deep.

Three crappie were caught June 13 and tipped the scales 2-2½ pounds.

Tournament trail

Not only will I include fishing tournaments on area lakes in this space but also archery shoots that might interest you. If you have a tournament or shoot, whether it be archery or turkey, email me at josephc.myers@yahoo.com, and I'll be more than glad to tell people about it.

The Georgia Bassmaster Weekend Series will compete Saturday at Lake Eufaula, starting from Lakepoint Resort State Park. For more information on the tournament, call 1-888-203-6222.

Sunday, the Media Bass Southeast Individual tournament trail hits Lake Seminole for an event

launching from Seminole Lodge. For more information, contact call Wes Meadows at 229-416-5661.

Sunday has tournaments at Lake Seminole and at West Point Lake. The Media Bass Florida Team tournament trail will be at Lake Seminole, starting from Seminole Lodge. For more information, call Meadows. Also, the Angler's Warehouse trail will be at West Point Lake, launching from Highland Marina. For more information, call 770-722-5795.

As for archery shoots, there's a Circle C ASA qualifier Saturday in Folkston. For more information, call 912-496-6318. There's an Ogechee Bowmen event in Savannah, and for more information, call 912-398-3268. And there will be a Sweetwater ASA qualifier in Douglasville, and for more information, call 770-830-6042.

Fort Gordon in Augusta will have an archery shoot Sunday. To get more information, call 706-791-5078.

-- Joseph Myers is an independentcorrespondent. You can write to him at josephc.myers@yahoo.com

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