By William Heartsill AUBURN, Alabama — Spring and summer bass and bluegill fishing is in full swing. While it is a little late this year to start, you can still manage the fertility of your pond to keep the fishing good for the rest of the season. Dr. Rusty Wright, an Alabama Extension fisheries specialist, …
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The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has revised its archery regulation for the 2016-17 hunting season. The changes reflect recent advancements in archery technology and clarify what qualifies as legal archery equipment when hunting deer or turkey. The new regulation will be in effect this fall. One of the most significant changes is the minimum draw weight has been reduced from 35 to 30 pounds. “The lighter draw weight will provide more hunting opportunities for those who have difficulty drawing a bow in that 35 pound class,” said Marisa Futral, ADCNR Hunter Education Coordinator.
Deer archery season opens on October 15 (buck only for the first 10 days of bow season in Zone B). For a complete list of season openings and bag limits, check out the Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest. Mandatory reporting of all deer and turkey harvests through Alabama’s Game Check system will be in effect for the 2016-17 hunting season. Hunters will have 48 hours to report their harvest through a mobile app, online at outdooralabama.com, or by phone at 1-800-888-7690. ADCNR continues its series of Game Check seminars this fall.
Alabama Partnership To Highlight Hunting’s Economic Impact
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Local and regional leaders representing sporting organizations, chambers of commerce, small businesses and retailers held a press conference today to announce their participation in a new partnership called Hunting Works For Alabama. Hunting Works For Alabama will educate the public on how hunting impacts Alabama’s economy, monitor public policy decisions and weigh in on hunting-related issues that impact Alabama jobs. The new partnership will serve as a vehicle to facilitate important public policy dialogue and to tell the story of how Alabama’s hunting heritage positively affects conservation and jobs throughout the state. “Hunting and shooting sports are huge drivers of our state economy, but I feel they don’t get the credit they deserve,” said Tim Wood, General Manager of Central Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative and a co-chair of Hunting Works For Alabama. “Hunters spend millions of dollars annually, and much of that money goes to local business owners and entrepreneurs.
September 15, 2015
Contact: Forrest Bailey, 334-242-3901 or Roger Clay, 251-626-5474
Falconry Allowed in Select State Parks for Squirrel and Rabbit Seasons
In an effort to expand recreational opportunities in Alabama’s state parks, the parks system will allow falconry in the following parks this fall: DeSoto, Joe Wheeler, Lake Guntersville, Lakepoint, Chewacla, Buck’s Pocket, Lake Lurleen, Monte Sano, Oak Mountain, Paul Grist, Wind Creek, Frank Jackson, Cheaha and Cathedral Caverns. Park entrance fees will apply. Falconry will be available in the parks listed above only during squirrel and rabbit seasons, which run from September 15, 2016, to March 5, 2017. Participating falconers are required to check in with the individual park’s management to learn about recommended hunting areas and other falconry program guidance. “Parks is happy to offer this new hunting opportunity as a pilot project for the 2016-17 seasons,” said Forrest Bailey, Natural Resource Section Chief for Alabama State Parks.