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Accepting the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction honor on behalf of the late Jack Wingate are his grandson, Jackson Wingate (on the left) and Wingate’s daughter, Jacquie (on the right). Between them is Forrest Wood, who along with Wingate, were pioneers in promoting bass fishing.
Wingate posthumously inducted into hall of fame
By Carol Heard
February 25, 2013

Jack Wingate, the late fishing guide who helped launch bass fishing into the sport it is today and put Lake Seminole on the map, was posthumously inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.

Wingate’s daughter, Jacquie Wingate, and his grandson, Jackson, attended the induction banquet that took place on Friday, Feb. 22, in Tulsa, Okla.

In recognizing their major impact on the world of bass fishing, Wingate, tournament angler Mike Folkestad and fishing electronics innovator Darrell Lowrance were formally inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

According to a Bass Fishing news release, Wingate started out in the fishing business during Harry Truman’s presidency.

Well-known throughout the South, Wingate supplied the names of many bass anglers who fished Ray Scott’s first tournament in 1967. FULL STORY

Effort to restore quail populations coming
By Carol Heard
July 17, 2012

A national initiative to restore the population of bobwhite quail is coming to the Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area in Decatur County.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists and an environmental supervisor with Southern Company toured the Silver Lake and Hog Farm tracts on July 12.

The state’s plan is to convert some of the acres on the property into ideal habitat for bobwhite quail, which was designated by the General Assembly the state game bird in 1970.

Reggie Thackston, who is the project leader for the state’s bobwhite quail restoration project and the DNR private lands program manager, and Julie Robbins, Southwest Georgia supervisor for the Wildlife Resources Division’s game management section, said the sate’s bobwhite quail population has declined by more than 85 percent since the 1960s because of changes in the landscapes due in part from farming and forestry practices over the years. FULL STORY