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 By Steve Long    Outdoors    November 1, 2018 

Deer Season is Finally in Bama

It’s that time again, folks. The weather’s cooler, the air feels more crisp, and football’s on the TV again; it’s time to get back out in the woods and do some deer hunting. Right now,...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    October 1, 2018

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...

 

Field to Fork - Introducing New Hunters to the Outdoors

Plenty of rain, plenty of heat, plenty of humidity, and plenty of reasons to love the other seasons in Alabama; Summer is here and in full swing. Aside from endless grass cutting and edging, there's...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    August 1, 2018

Deer Harvest numbers have changed over the last few years.

I hope all of you fine folks had a wonderful 4th of July! The heat's been cooking us all this month, but it's still only the start of Summer. Make sure all of you stay hydrated, stay in the shade, and...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    July 1, 2018

Conservation is Now the Key to Outdoor's Future

Conservation. It's a word with a whole lot of different meanings to different people. While the general idea might be the same, it's a distant after thought for many Americans. To those of us in the...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    June 1, 2018

A Biologist's Opinion on Turkeys

My last article seems to have kicked off a firestorm of discussion! From all around the South, I've had fellow turkey hunters confirm exactly what I had been experiencing; a severe shortage of...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    May 1, 2018

WHERE HAVE ALL THE TURKEYS GONE?

As we approach the end of the 2018 spring turkey season, I look back and cannot recall a season as rough and tough as 2018. This past season I only killed one gobbler and had a miss on video. I did...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    April 1, 2018

Turkey season has kicked off now in Alabama!

Turkey season has kicked off now in Alabama, and yes I was very fortunate to kill an opening day gobbler, I've seen plenty of action while helping hunters and huntresses chase after those elusive...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    March 1, 2018

Quality Deer Management Association ~ Black Belt Branch Spends a day in the field with our military

This past week, the Black Belt Branch of QDMA spent a day with some of our military men and their children on a pheasant shoot at Great Southern Outdoors in Union Springs, Alabama. "As the president...

 

It's the season for Prescribed fire!

Well, we finally made it to the month of February and we only have 6 days left in deer Season. But in February in Alabama another subject comes to my mind and that is the subject of Prescribe...

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    January 1, 2018

Pass It On, Share the Hunt

Here lately I've been on a real kick about what it means to pass on the hunting heritage, and I'm still really adamant about bringing in the next generation of hunters. It's not only rewarding for...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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    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 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 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 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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

Its Not All About the Rack

Summer’s been shown the door, and the weather’s certainly gotten a little bit cooler. Sure, we could use some rain, but you better believe we’ll get some more of that sooner rather than later....

 
 By Steve Long    Outdoors    October 1, 2016

Bow Season is In the Air

It may just be me, but it feels like everything's settling into place. The air seems just a hint cooler, college football is kicking off, and the anticipation of another round of deer hunting keeps...

 

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