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Hunters Should Avoid Harvesting “Collared Deer”
in Research Locations
The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) and the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences are currently conducting a telemetry project to determine the adult survival rates and movement patterns of white-tailed deer in Alabama. During the project, white-tailed deer of various ages will be captured by trained wildlife researchers using sedatives in each of the four locations and a radio collar will be placed around the neck of the deer. This collar will allow Auburn University researchers to gather movement and survival data. More

Hunt Smart and Safe with a Full-Body Harness 
Hunting is by far one of the safest outdoor recreational activities. However, each hunting season, accidents happen that could be avoided. One of the more common accidents, and usually most serious, is falling from an elevated position. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) recommends that hunters always wear a full-body harness when hunting from an elevated position. Single strap belts and chest harnesses are not safe and should not be used. “It sounds obvious, but wearing your harness and not attaching to the tree will not save you if you fall,” said Marisa Futral, WFF Hunter Education Coordinator. More

Marshall County Man Attacked by Deer 
Charged with Illegal Possession
A resident of Marshall County has been charged with illegally possessing seven deer, one of which attacked and severely injured him last week. When Dunsmore entered the holding pen, a large buck attacked him. In addition to numerous puncture wounds and extensive bruises, Dunsmore suffered a loss of vision in one eye. When enforcement officers from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) learned of the incident, Dunsmore was charged with illegal possession of the deer, which were removed from his property and euthanized. Results of laboratory tests for pathogens or diseases are pending. More

Eat Local – Go Hunting!
When most people think of eating local, they think of local farmers’ markets with fruits and vegetables. In Alabama, the State Department of Agriculture has a very effective “buy local” campaign encouraging the use of locally grown foods. That is great for agricultural crops, but what about those who would also enjoy the homegrown approach for meat? One solution is to go hunting. Wild game meat is better for you than most processed beef and poultry. This translates to healthier food for the family table. More
Photo of the Month:
Forever Wild's Coldwater Mountain
The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) has designated Forever Wild’s Coldwater Mountain near Anniston as a Bronze Level Ride Center. The Ride Center designation represents IMBA's recognition of large-scale mountain bike destinations that offer a wide range of great trails for every riding style. With more than 25 miles of trails open and many more to be constructed over the next several years, Coldwater Mountain is becoming a mecca for mountain bikers from around the world. The trails are open 365 days a year and are free to use. The trails are also open to hikers and trail runners. For more information about the IMBA designation, click here.
Photo by
Bobby Phillips 
Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association
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Forever Wild Board Meets December 5
The board of trustees of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will hold its fourth quarterly meeting on December 5, 2013, at the Northport Civic Center, 3500 McFarland Blvd., in Northport, Ala. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. 

Take a Shot at Oak Mountain!
Don't forget to pack a basketball during your next visit to Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham. The park has just opened two full-sized courts for park guests to enjoy. 

From 1939 to 2014,
75 Years of Service
In 2014, the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone — its 75th anniversary. More information about the Alabama State Parks 75th Anniversary Celebration will be posted at www.alapark.com during the coming months. 

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A complete list of season dates and bag limits can be found in the new Alabama Hunting and Digest.
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 December 2013 E-Newsletter