The people's voice of reason

Outdoors


Sorted by date  Results 1 - 25 of 183

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller|Jun 1, 2024

    I was pressing to get on these two gobblers. I knew since it was the middle of the season and the first thing in the morning, that after they flew off the roost the gobbling would end. So I chose to gamble a little and get in their bedroom. Since it was already breaking day, I knew I had the chance of being seen. I was right. But fortunately I was only seen by two hens that were roosted just above my set-up. They shortly flew away from me and more importantly, away from the two gobblers who were...

  • R3 Professionals Experience Alabama's Natural Resources, Hospitality

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Jun 1, 2024

    Outdoors professionals from around the country converged on Mobile and Riverview Plaza last week to brainstorm on recruitment, retention and reactivation (R3) of hunters, anglers and other outdoors enthusiasts. The 210 National R3 Symposium attendees from all over the U.S., as well as New Zealand and Guam, heard reports on hunting and fishing participation numbers, youth shooting sports, new R3 strategies, demographics of those who enjoy the outdoors, an increase in female participation, and...

  • Inaugural Class Inducted into Alabama Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Jun 1, 2024

    The inaugural class of the Alabama Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame was inducted last weekend during the World Championship Turkey Calling competition at the Mobile Convention Center, and the inductees should come as no surprise to those who call themselves a turkey hunter. Of the six inductees, only two are still living, Eddie Salter of Evergreen and 97-year-old Colonel Tom Kelly of Spanish Fort who now lives in Virginia and couldn't travel to the ceremony. Those honored posthumously were Lynn Dent...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller|May 1, 2024

    Unlike some other types of hunting, pursuing the turkey is very enjoyable doing it with a partner; especially if one is doing the calling and the other is doing the shooting. Most people who have hunted turkey for any period of time will tell you they enjoy calling in a bird as much as shooting one. Not only do you get to share in a successful shot, but the caller gets a sense of pride in knowing if it weren’t for his calling the shot would’ve never been made. Most of the time, shooting a turkey...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller|May 1, 2024

    I’ve always heard that writing is more about perspiration than inspiration. It’s true. Even though it is very fulfilling to write about the outdoors, it is also difficult at times to continue to find worthy subjects and stories. Sometimes my mind soars with information faster than my fingers can type. Other times those same fingers seem like they’re waiting impatiently for the next command. During the times of inspiration I can’t wait to get to the computer. During other times I dread its cal...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller|May 1, 2024

    One of my comedy excuses I’m known for when I come up empty-handed from a hunting or a fishing trip, is that my friend, partner, guide, etc. “dry-ridged” me. I forgot where I first heard that term, but I use it quite often to blame other people for my lack of success. It refers to the belief that they purposefully placed me in a location where they knew no game would be. I mean after all, who wants to put me on their favorite spot or let me know where their honey-hole is? Hunters aren’t nearly...

  • Female Conservation Enforcement Officers Recognized by Academy

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    As part of the SEC Softball Tournament last week at Auburn University, eight female Conservation Enforcement Officers (CEOs) from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) were honored during the tournament and with a shopping trip by Academy Sports + Outdoors at its Auburn location. Cody Reid, Academy's Regional Marketing Specialist for Alabama, east Tennessee and Georgia, said recognizing the CEOs was a natural fit for Academy. "The Alabama Department of...

  • Eastern Indigo Release Adds 40 to Conecuh National Forest

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    A project to restore the Eastern indigo snake to Alabama is one step closer to its goal with the release of 40 indigos in the Conecuh National Forest on Saturday, May 11, 2024. The reintroduction project aims to establish a viable population of this threatened species within its historic range along Alabama's Gulf Coast. Representatives from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Auburn University, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Zoo Atlanta...

  • Alabama's Free Fishing Day Takes Place June 8

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    On Saturday, June 8, 2024, Alabamians and out-of-state visitors alike will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters including both freshwater and saltwater. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to enjoy the outstanding fishing Alabama has to offer without purchasing a fishing license. The event is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 1-9. "Free Fishing Day is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has never experienced casting a line to giv...

  • Governor Ivey Celebrates Safe Boating Week with Donation from Academy

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|May 1, 2024

    Alabama Governor Kay Ivey joined in the celebration of Safe Boating Week at the Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Montgomery earlier this week as Academy donated $5,000 worth of life jackets to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). "I am pleased to join you and our Conservation Enforcement Officers (CEOs) as we recognize Safe Boating Week," Governor Ivey said. "I am also pleased and grateful as we recognize Academy Sports + Outdoors for their generous donation...

  • You Reap What You Sow

    Gary Miller|Apr 1, 2024

    Fishing is a great sport that millions of men and women participate in each year. Most of the country boasts of its places to fish and each area has its specialty. For instance, my area is known for its lakes. Other areas are known for their rivers or streams, and some for their access to the ocean. There really is something for everyone. What I forget many times about fishing is how my success today is based on what has happened yesterday or even the past several days. It may be beautiful and...

  • The turkeys are gobbling the woods down....

    Gary Miller|Apr 1, 2024

    The turkeys are gobbling the woods down. Their call is one of the most recognizable in all of nature. Whether one is a turkey hunter or not, everyone knows this familiar sound. And even though a tom turkey will gobble the entire year, he is especially vocal during the spring mating season. The turkey is an amazing bird. Just a few years ago there were so few, most hunters turned into fishermen during the spring. Now, the turkey is in every state except Alaska. And not only are they surviving,...

  • McCaleb Crowned Grand Champion at Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    Despite some challenging weather conditions, the Alabama Governor's One-Shot Turkey Hunt last week was another resounding success with numerous hunters from across the nation bagging an Alabama bird. "We had hot and humid weather to start and then a line of thunderstorms came through," said Chris Blankenship, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) at Wednesday's awards luncheon. "But more than a third of people hunting ended up with a turkey. "It has...

  • Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Law Enforcement Section to Seek National Accreditation

    Guest Writer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    Furthering its commitment to the preservation and protection of Alabama's natural resources, the Law Enforcement Section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division announces it will pursue accreditation through the North American Wildlife Law Enforcement Accreditation (NAWLEA) program. Alabama joins Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Virginia as one of the first five Conservation Department's in the country to...

  • Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to meet June 24 to 27

    Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet next on June 24 to 27 in Houston, Texas. The Council will meet on properly managing fishery resources in the U.S. federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and will consider updating fishing regulations. The meetings will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel at 4 Riverway in Houston, TX 77056. Phone (713) 871-8181 for more information. Information on lodging and to register from the webinar will be coming soon as well as the agenda and the...

  • New study postulates that eating CWD infected venison can be fatal for humans

    Brandon Moseley|Apr 1, 2024

    A new study indicates that hunters who consumed the meat of a deer infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) have died from the experience. "Two Hunters from the Same Lodge Afflicted with Sporadic CJD," it reads. "Is Chronic Wasting Disease to Blame?" The authors highlight "a cluster of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) cases after exposure to chronic wasting disease (CWD)-infected deer." Those findings, they say, are "suggestive of potential prion transmission from CWD-infected deer to...

  • R3 Program Expanding Outreach to All Campuses

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    One of the goals of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is to not only manage and conserve our abundant natural wonders but to also share Alabama's great outdoors with everyone. The R3 Program of ADCNR's Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division is a significant part of outreach efforts to get Alabama's citizens and guests outside, enjoying the many outdoors recreational opportunities in our beautiful state. R3 Coordinator Justin Grider and his team want...

  • Alabama Saltwater Records Continue to Fall

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    As saltwater fishing for 2024 heads into the peak seasons, a look back at 2023 reveals another record-breaking year for those who fish Alabama's coastal waters and the Gulf of Mexico. The catch that went viral with news agencies around the world picking up the story was the giant blue marlin caught by "Best Trait," a 55-foot Viking sportfishing vessel owned by Scott Crump of Jasper. The marlin officially weighed 1,145.6 pounds, which is not only an Alabama but also a Gulf of Mexico record. The...

  • Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Exhibit Premieres at EcoWild Expo

    Billy Pope, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Exhibit Premieres at EcoWild Expo The 2024 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest Exhibit will premiere at the EcoWild Outdoor Expo on May 10-12, 2024, at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama. The event opens Friday, May 10, at noon. The traveling exhibit features the top four photos from 10 categories in the 2024 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest, including Alabama State Parks, Birds, Wildlife, Nature-based Recreation, Bugs and Butterflies, Shoots and Roots,...

  • Gulf State Park Pier Repairs Reach Milestone

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Apr 1, 2024

    The reconstruction of the Gulf State Park Pier reached a milestone recently when the walkway to the octagon on the end was partially completed. Lamar Pendergrass, the South Region Operations Supervisor for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (ADCNR) State Parks Division, said missing pilings and decking components have been replaced all the way to the octagon, which will allow construction workers much easier access to the entire 1,544-foot pier. "You can actually make...

  • ADPH issues fish advisories

    Staff Writer|Apr 1, 2024

    Alabama is a fisherman's paradise with creeks, named rivers, manmade lakes, the Tensaw Delta, Mobile Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico coast. Alabamians do need to be careful about consuming too many fish from certain waters in the state. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). ADEM, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Alabama...

  • OUTDOOR TRUTHS

    Gary Miller|Mar 1, 2024

    My mind goes to so many outdoor activities this time of year. It's the middle of February so mostly I'm planning for the next couple of months. Not only will turkey season be upon us soon, but some of the best pan fishing is knocking at the door. The walleye run will put fishermen elbow to elbow in the river and the crappie will have boats side by side at the lake. These two fish are my all-time favorite varieties to eat. And the bonus points my wife gives me when I bring them home are enough...

  • Alabama Agencies Meet to Work on Feral Swine Solutions

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Mar 1, 2024

    Anyone who has explored Alabama's great outdoors or spent time on a tractor cultivating an agricultural crop knows how destructive feral swine can be on the landscape. Because of the prodigious reproductive capacity of these wild hogs, controlling the populations is difficult at best, and many researchers believe that total eradication of this invasive species is not a viable option. Some are looking to methods other than hunting or trapping to control the hog numbers, and Texas recently approve...

  • Be Sure of Turkey Season Dates, WMA Regulations

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Mar 1, 2024

    The spring turkey season in Alabama is fast approaching, and some confusion exists on the dates of the Special Youth Hunt that precedes opening day of the regular season. Marianne Gauldin of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division said this year's opening day of the regular season falls on a Monday. That means the Special Youth Hunt will be on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding the opening day. For Zones 1...

  • Join State Parks for Hike 24 in 24 Alabama

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources|Mar 1, 2024

    Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to join the naturalists and volunteers from the foothills of the Appalachians, along the Tennessee River Valley to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico for the "Hike 24 in 24 Alabama" initiative from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' (ADCNR) State Parks Division. The Alabama State Parks' interpretive hike schedule (www.alapark.com/hike-24-24-alabama) includes hikes led by knowledgeable State Park staff and volunteers. Each hike...

Page Down

Rendered 06/20/2024 10:12