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New Dove Field Planting Guidelines
Mourning dove hunting typically kicks off the fall hunting season as many look forward to a day on a dove field with family and friends. Doves are migratory and are part of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has special rules and regulations that apply to dove hunting that all hunters must follow. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has revised recommendations for plantings related to dove management. For the latest information regarding these recommendations, click here.

DeSoto State Park Offers Rappelling Classes
DeSoto and Goldstar Enterprises are partnering to offer rappelling classes every Sunday in August and September. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of rappelling such as basic gear, knot-tying, rappelling hardware with trained Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association instructors. The activity is perfect for first timers! Pack a lunch and meet your guide at 10 a.m. at DeSoto State Park DeSoto Falls area in DeKalb County, Ala. The cost is $30 per person, ages 10 to adult and includes all gear. Sign up in advance by calling the DeSoto State Park Country Store at 256-845-5075 or sign up in person at the Country Store.  Click here for details!
2013-14 Recreational License Sales
Alabama hunting and fishing licenses expire each year on August 31. Hunters and anglers can purchase their recreational licenses beginning at 12 a.m., Monday, August 26. This service is offered to hunters who wish to prepare for the fall hunting seasons, which start as early as September 1. More 

Chewacla State Park Upgrades Bike Trail
Attention, mountain bikers: Chewacla State Park has excellent biking trails and now they feature wooden structures to add to your experience. Central Alabama Mountain Peddlers (CAMP) does an excellent job of updating and maintaining the trails at the park. Visit the Chewacla State Park Facebook page to keep up with all the trail upgrades at the park. 

New Option For Hunter Education
In September 2013, there will be a new way to obtain you Alabama hunter education certification - an “All Online” option.  The online courses feature the best hunting safety videos available, along with interactive learning exercises and games, and comprehensive hunter education content to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a safe and responsible hunter. More

Alabama's Black Belt Gets New Trail System
The State Lands Division has opened a multi-use trail system at the Old Cahawba Prairie Forever Wild Tract near Selma, Ala. The Old Cahawba Prairie Tract is adjacent to the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, site of Alabama’s first state capital in Dallas County. The trails are open during daylight hours year-round to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. The trails system is comprised of three trails with a combined length of 11.6 miles and is free for all users. More

Pre-Commit Today and Save $50 on
New Freshwater Tag
ADCNR is currently pre-selling its new “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate. The tag is not yet available for purchase; however, if you are among the first 1,000 to complete a “Commitment to Purchase” application, your $50 tag fee will either be reimbursed or paid by ADCNR depending on your method of commitment.  More
Purchase Your Licenses Online

What The Heck Is
"Game Check”?
New for the 2013–14 hunting season, all deer and turkey hunters will be required to report all deer and turkeys harvested in Alabama. After completion of the harvest record, hunters will then be required to report all deer and turkeys harvested within 24 hours of killing the deer or turkey via Game Check. More

August 10-11
Alabama INT Amateur Watersports Competition Waterboard, Skate and Kneeboard Event at Joe Wheeler State Park. Family-friendly event and free entertainment for spectators. You can watch events from your hotel room or by the pool. Membership required for participation, which can be purchased online at www.Intleague.com. Click here for event information. (256) 247-5461
August 15, 16, 17 and August 22, 23, 24
Third Annual Gator Hunts at Roland Cooper State Park. Two years ago at Roland Cooper the current State Record Gator was taken.  The Keith Fancher gator was 14 ft.,  2 in. long and weighed 838 lbs. Call the park office for more details or reservation assistance at (256) 534-3757.
August 31, 2013
Huntsville Track Club 10k, 5k, 1k run will begin at the Monte Sano Lodge; 7 a.m.- noon; (256) 571-5440
September 1
Ampolooza Concert on Lake Martin Gates open at 5:30 p.m. show starts at 6:30; bands scheduled to play are Corey Smith, Sister Hazel, and Vegabonds. Visit the Wind Creek State Park on Lake Martin; call the park for campground and cabin reservations at (256) 329-0845.
September 21
Pioneer Day will be held a Blue Springs State Park with several groups putting on demonstrations from the pioneer era. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join us for an interesting and educational day. Call the park office for overnight reservations at (334) 397-4875.
Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
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 Outdoor Alabama August 2013 E-Newsletter