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    Hunting season is rapidly approaching, and I'm an avid outdoorsman when the weather isn't so dang hot. Anyway, yesterday I decided I'd like to go check my hunting stands, and the surrounding area (I don't think I could have picked a hotter day though.....), and just before I was leaving my house I though some of you guys might like to see what the swamps of Southern Georgia look like . Most of the time I walk through the woods, but since it was so hot, and since I was taking my camera, I decided to take my boat. Did I mention how hot and humid it is here? Man, it's really hot in South Georgia this time of year. It's consistently 97, 98 degrees F here, but the humidity makes even worse. I can stand outside, not doing anything and start to immediately seat within a couple of minutes. Anyway, enough talking; here are some pictures:


    This river has low lying limbs, and it just so happens that these low lying limbs are home to lots of HUGE Red Wasp. The last thing you want to do is run your boat into one these nests so you constantly have to be on lookout. These Wasp are almost twice the size of a common household Red Wasp. I've never been stung by any of them, but I imagine it wouldn't feel very good.







    Once I got past the Wasp, who were aggressively staring me down as I was taking their picture, (I think I heard one of them say "go ahead punk, make my day" ), I turned to see this beautiful view:










    So I'm making my way down river and I decide to take a picture of this Cypress tree. These are pretty common here:









    So I'm paddling along again, and then I remembered that my uncle built some steps, and a stand in a cypress tree years ago so he could sit in the tree and spear Gar. He had some type of contraption similar to a crossbow that shot arrows. The reason he wanted to be up high in the tree is because you can see the Gar much better when you're elevated. Since the water is so dark, you only see a long, dark spot. This is the Gar swimming near the surface of the watter. For anyone who's interested in what a Gar is, click here. Here's a couple of pictures of the steps, and the stand. As you can see, the stand is rotten so it's no good any more, and if you look above the two boards, you can see what's either a bee hive/nest or it could possibly be Yellow Jackets; I'm not sure which, and I have no intentions of getting close enough to find out .










    When traveling to my stand by boat I have to navigate my way through this. It can get tricky sometimes because the boat's too wide to fit though certain trees LOL...:









    Once I hit land I took a random picture:










    Then a picture of a couple of trees:

    This one is a White Oak Tree:








    The next one is a Magnolia Tree. The canopy is really thick here so the trees grow really tall competing with each other for light:









    And I saved the best picture for last LOL.... When you go out to these types of places, especially by yourself, you better be packing :







    Maybe you guys enjoyed seeing the swamps of South Georgia. If I take some more pictures, I'll update this thread.
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    Wow, beautiful pics ti-force. Nice guns too. BTW, with your next set of pics, can you take your Keltec out of the holster? When I lived in Alaska I had a bunch of guns and rifles but had to sell them all when I move here. I miss my toys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fishinfool View Post
    Wow, beautiful pics ti-force. Nice guns too. BTW, with your next set of pics, can you take your Keltec out of the holster? When I live in Alaska I had a bunch of guns and rifles but had to sell them all when I move here. I miss my toys.
    Thanks for the complement .

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    ti-force, what county? I'm in Atlanta and am interested in how far that would be from me... I'm mostly familiar with Northern GA and happen to think GA is about as gorgeous as it gets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darvis View Post
    ti-force, what county? I'm in Atlanta and am interested in how far that would be from me... I'm mostly familiar with Northern GA and happen to think GA is about as gorgeous as it gets!
    Indeed, Georgia is beautiful. Helen is truly gorgeous in the fall. I live in Tift county. If you've ever been to Florida, you've probably driven right through Tifton. The river in the pictures is the Alapaha River, which starts around Cordele, and runs south into Florida. It's definitely worth seeing in person.

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    Yes indeed, Tifton!!! We drive through it all the time on the way to see my folks in FL... and I think 75 crosses that river as well... I never knew it was so nice down that way. I spent many years North, East and West on my motorcycle, but those days are over and South GA remains my last frontier. I'll have to get there soon...

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    Beautiful pictures, but that gun doesn't look big enough for whatever's in the water. Sonoran desert looks better all the time.
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    Nice pictures. Glad to see your packing some heat in these places, seems like everything is out to get you in the swamp. Next you need to get yourself a Raging Bull, I love my 454, it would make a alligator tuck its tail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darvis View Post
    Yes indeed, Tifton!!! We drive through it all the time on the way to see my folks in FL... and I think 75 crosses that river as well... I never knew it was so nice down that way. I spent many years North, East and West on my motorcycle, but those days are over and South GA remains my last frontier. I'll have to get there soon...
    I know exactly where you need to go. Okefenokee Swamp . You would absolutely love it. Click here and here for some websites, and click here for some Google image results.




    Quote Originally Posted by Dances with Flashlight View Post
    Beautiful pictures, but that gun doesn't look big enough for whatever's in the water. Sonoran desert looks better all the time.
    LOL.... Yeah, we certainly have things that bite, sting, attack etc. I usually see a couple of Aligators, but I didn't see any on this outing.



    Quote Originally Posted by mrartillery View Post
    Nice pictures. Glad to see your packing some heat in these places, seems like everything is out to get you in the swamp. Next you need to get yourself a Raging Bull, I love my 454, it would make a alligator tuck its tail.
    A friend of mine actually has a Raging Bull in 454 Casull, and he's talked about selling it so I might need to check with him again, and see if he really wants to part with it .
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    This time of the year those giant red wasps are always trying to build nests on the eaves of our house. They love to build nests in the fig trees. And yes, they will absolutely "Light You Up". They hurt like the devil and are very aggressive if you get within a few feet of the nest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ti-force View Post
    A friend of mine actually has a Raging Bull in 454 Casull, and he's talked about selling it so I might need to check with him again, and see if he really wants to part with it .
    Cool, yeah you need to pick it up if he wants to sell. I love mine! Previously I owned a Ruger Super Redhawk in 454 Casull and the recoil of the Raging Bull is less than half than that of the Redhawk. The ported barrel and large cushion grip really controls the punch of the Casull. The 454 recoils back more so than up, so comfort is a big thing when shooting such a large caliber. Sorry don't mean to hi-jack your thread.

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    Cool pics, watch out for the Fouke monster or skunk ape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrartillery View Post
    Sorry don't mean to hi-jack your thread.
    No sweat, and technically there are some guns pictured so it's not off topic. Or at least I don't think so .




    Quote Originally Posted by Beamhead View Post
    Cool pics, watch out for the Fouke monster or skunk ape.
    You have to watch out for those Crock-a-Gators, Copper Headed Rattle Moccasins, and Spider Monkeys too LOL......

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    And the ever-rabid Jack-A-lope...

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    Ah yes, SOUTH GEORGIA! Alapaha 545 some time back...

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    I just watched the first episode of Swamp People last night on history. I know that's in Louisiana, but it looks a lot like your Georgia pictures. Except those gator-gunnin' Cajuns with marbles in their mouths....I hope the rest of the world doesn't think all Americans are like that. I like your swamp though, say hi to Shrek for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    I just watched the first episode of Swamp People last night on history.
    +1, great show I thought. I never knew there was such demand for gators.

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    I've been on CPF just a few years, but am fairly new to the Cafe. Thanks for sharing those photos. I've got quite a few things made by Gene43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    I just watched the first episode of Swamp People last night on history. I know that's in Louisiana, but it looks a lot like your Georgia pictures. Except those gator-gunnin' Cajuns with marbles in their mouths....I hope the rest of the world doesn't think all Americans are like that. I like your swamp though, say hi to Shrek for me.
    Quote Originally Posted by mrartillery View Post
    +1, great show I thought. I never knew there was such demand for gators.
    I'll have to DVR Swamp People. I wanted to catch the first episode when it came on, but I fell asleep . Did they mention what they do with the gators they catch? I guess they sell them for meat, hide etc.? We have to apply for a quota hunt here, and your name has to be drawn to be eligible for the hunt, and even then you're limited to 1 a season (I think), and you have to travel to the place they specify for hunting them. I guess the alligator hasn't completely made a population come-back in Georgia so they're much more strict.

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    I've been on CPF just a few years, but am fairly new to the Cafe. Thanks for sharing those photos. I've got quite a few things made by Gene43.

    I'm new to the Cafe myself, and I'm glad you enjoyed looking at my pics. Also, Mr. Malkoff does make great products; I have one of his MC-E p60 drop-ins, but it stays in the safe, and I don't use it very often because it was purchased from MrGman, and I use it as a calibration light for my homemade integrating sphere. I'm thinking about one of the new Hound Dogs though (when they're not sold out ....).
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    I'll have to DVR Swamp People. I wanted to catch the first episode when it came on, but I fell asleep . Did they mention what they do with the gators they catch? I guess they sell them for meat, hide etc.? We have to apply for a quota hunt here, and your name has to be drawn to be eligible for the hunt, and even then you're limited to 1 a season (I think), and you have to travel to the place they specify for hunting them. I guess the alligator hasn't completely made a population come-back in Georgia so they're much more strict.
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    Correct. Meat and hides. These guys slay a lot, a lot of gators. I don't know if they get some kind of special permit, but IIRC one of them said last season he got like 150 gators or some ridiculous number. While I do a little hunting here and there myself (not gators), I didn't really like seeing them kill so many. I realize that this is the end result for all food animals, but something about it just was disconcerting. Maybe it's just because for me, an alligator isn't a food item, we don't eat it here. It's something unique and impressive. But we've got cattle, and I don't think twice about them even though I know their eventuality is the same. Anyways, if you see any gators in your swamp, see if you can get a pic! They are really neat.
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    They probably do have a special permit to hunt that amount. The American Alligator was hunted to near extinction at one time, and as long as we're a civilized country, that will never happen again. A lot of alligators are actually farm raised for food, and hide now, but either way, Louisiana has a LOT of alligators. Florida has a pile of alligators too. I guess it's because both states have a lot of wetlands. Anyway, I know you don't like seeing their demise on Swamp People, but (and I'm sure you know this) too much of something can be bad. If populations aren't kept in check they can cause damage to other populations that they prey on. Down here, alligator meat is a delicacy (gator tail). I've only eaten it a couple of times.
    Check out this gators meal :



    Oh yeah, there's a huge gator out there, and I think it's female because I usually see one or two smaller ones with it. I was hoping they would be there when I took these pictures, but they were a no show, or they probably saw me, but remained hidden so I couldn't see them. I'll try to sneak up near the water next time before I get in the boat; I can probably get a picture that way, but once I'm in the boat, they hide.



    Hey, check this out: Burmese Pythons are actually becoming a problem in Florida, and they say they might be headed north, which is straight towards me. These snakes have even been known to kill alligators. It's my understanding that pet owners either release these snakes into the wild or the snakes escape. Either way, they've started breeding.
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    I wouldn't worry too much about gators. I would bet next weks pay check there are more gators in Florida than cows in Wisconsin. In many places they have become a dangerous nuisance animal when people feed them.

    I see a lot of them out on the St. Johns River. FWC estimates there are well over 20,000 in that river alone.
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    Great pics! Those wasps look nasty, I would stay far far away from them and never get close enough to take a picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueBaron View Post
    Great pics! Those wasps look nasty, I would stay far far away from them and never get close enough to take a picture.
    Yeah, with all of the limbs directly over the water, I'm constantly on the lookout. I have actually drifted directly under a nest about the size of the one pictured above, and they didn't bother me. I actually had to lay on my back to duck from hitting the nest, and as my head went under the nest from about 2 ft away, all I could think about is, "this is going to hurt like hell!" LOL... I guess I either got lucky or the wasp will let you get away with it as long as you don't touch the nest, or move it in any way. I don't care to try it again though.

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