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Fishing Cat

The Fishing cat is yet another example of a cat that disproves the misconception that cats don't like water. The Fishing Cat is a small to medium sized feline that is natively found throughout a...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    December 1, 2017 

Bow Season ... tracking a deer after it's been stuck with an arrow.

This month, I want to talk about how to anticipate tracking a deer after it's been stuck with an arrow. There are some tell-tale signs to keep an eye out for when the arrow hits that can give you a...

 

Bow Season has already started for all of Alabama

As you read this, Bow Season has already started for all of Alabama. Despite the rough weather we've had in recent weeks, I've seen quite a few deer out and about, later in the evening. So take...

 

Saint Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of Animals and Environment

Saint Francis of Assisi changed the world during his brief life, and he is still remembered worldwide today for the miracles people say God performed through him and the compassion he showed to the vu...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    October 1, 2017

Watch your calendars, stay cool, and when the time gets here, go get'em!

By now, most of the Summer planting has been completed. As for me, I'm not really into Summer planting, as the areas I like to hunt all ready have a rather large amount of browse for the deer to go...

 

The Coati

The coati is a medium-sized mammal only found on the American continent. The coati is found widely distributed across North, Central and South in a number of different habitats. The coati is...

 

SOA's, or Special Opportunity Areas.

Summer's put the heat on us pretty hard this year, and I'm itching for college football to kick back into gear. Aside from the usual, though, I'm also looking into something new called SOA's, or Speci...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    August 1, 2017

Pine Trees Can Be A Great Management Tool

I find that the most interesting things in the outdoors are the unexpected surprises. Those bits of knowledge you come across that you just plain weren't expecting. Ever since I started working with...

 

Elephants

Elephants are the largest land animals on Earth and are also known to be extremely intelligent. They have characteristic long noses, or trunks; large, floppy ears; and wide, thick legs. A group of...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    July 1, 2017

There Are Some Positives With Coyotes

Folks, we've talked about coyotes before, and how they impact deer herds. The pack-hunting critters are always willing to make a quick meal of a fawn or any other animal it can get a hold of, and...

 
 By Ron VanHerwyn    Outdoors    July 1, 2017

Raccoon dogs or Tanuki

The Raccoon dog, also known as Magnut or Tanuki, is a type of Asian wild dog it is very much a member of the dog family. It is considered to be one of the earliest species that other dog species have...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    June 1, 2017

Predators are a Problem in Bama

I recently had lunch with Barry Estes with Alabama Hog Control, and we were talking about deer hunting and deer population. Barry made a point that really made me think. He said deer hunters spend...

 
 By Ron VanHerwyn    Outdoors    June 1, 2017

Pronghorn

Pronghorn is antelope-like animal that lives in North America. There are four subspecies of pronghorn that can be found in Mexico, Arizona, throughout the Great Plains and in the Canada. Pronghorn...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    May 1, 2017

Another Alabama Turkey Season in the Books

Folks, it's been a pretty interesting turkey season this year! The Alabama thunder chickens were gobbling and thundering the first part of the season, but that quickly changed, as it always does. The...

 
 By Ron VanHerwyn    Outdoors    May 1, 2017

Binturongs/Bearcat

Binturongs have a body length between 24 - 38 inches, a tail length between 22 - 35 inches and they weigh between 20 - 31 lbs. Their fur is thick, coarse and black in color and they have a long,...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    April 1, 2017

The Negatives of Baiting

For the last five years or so, there's been a bill taking passes through the House and Senate in Alabama, and this year it's looking to come in with a little steam. The bill in question is House Bill...

 

Moose

Moose are the largest living member of the deer family. While mostly found in northern United States and Canada, they are also found in Europe. However, in Europe the animal is known as a Eurasian elk...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    March 1, 2017

QDMA CHARITY TURKEY HUNT

This past deer season in Alabama's been pretty on and off, but aside from the weather, it's been plenty full of great hunts and greater stories! I've heard and read lots of stories and seen plenty of...

 

BATS

There are many things we think of when the word bat is spoken; such as Vampires, Dracula, rabies and diseases. Yes diseases are true but not as dramatic as is put out. All mammals can contract and...

 

Patience and Pressure are the Keys to Deer Hunting

Deer season is entering the final stretch, and it's finally getting to the real chase! The rut's kicking into full swing, so if you've been keeping the pressure off certain little spots, now's the...

 

Ringtailed cat/Miner's cat

Ringtail cats are not related to the cat family but are members of the raccoon family, Procyonidae which also includes Kinkajous, and Coatimundis. Ringtails are cat sized animals that resemble a mix...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    January 1, 2017

Birds and Bucks

I hope everyone had a great start to the New Year! I know I've gotten my year off to a solid start with some quail hunting down at GSO this past Monday. This time the posse of hunters was from...

 

Cougars

The reclusive cougars — also called pumas, catamounts, mountain lions or panthers and, perhaps most fittingly, “ghost cats, is the second largest cat in North America. Unlike other big cats,...

 

Deer 101-QDMA

This week, I want to talk about how to anticipate tracking a deer after it's been stuck with an arrow. There are some tell-tale signs to keep an eye out for when the arrow hits that can give you a...

 

Disabled Wildlife

Disabled animals don't realize that they are handicapped: "I want to tell you a little bit about special needs raccoons (wildlife) and our disabilities. I have several handicapped raccoons, some are...

 

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