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Possible Extension of 2014 Deer Season
In Select Portion of Southwest Alabama
A proposal for an extended 2014 February deer season will be presented to the Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) at its meeting on February 9, but it will not be voted on until a future meeting. Advisory board rules require that no regulation is voted on during the same meeting it is introduced. This is to give the board time to hear feedback from the public and do any necessary research on the issue. The boundaries for the proposed extension in southwest Alabama are still being fine-tuned and will not be revealed until the February 9 meeting. The CAB meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery and begins at 9 a.m. Those wishing to address the board must register between 8-8:30 a.m. The proposed extension refers to the 2014 season, and not the 2013 season. Deer season will end as scheduled on Thursday, January 31, 2013,” said Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr.

Sykes Named WFF Director
Charles “Chuck” Sykes has been named director of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). As director, Sykes will oversee the daily operations of WFF which regulates hunting and fishing, manages wildlife populations, wildlife habitat, and freshwater fisheries for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Sykes is a native of Choctaw Co. and has been hunting and fishing since the age of six. In 1992, Sykes received his Bachelor's in Wildlife Sciences from the Auburn University. 

Longleaf Pine Restoration Grants Available
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is now accepting applications through its Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) to continue longleaf pine restoration efforts in Alabama. Landowners are encouraged to submit applications to receive assistance with site preparation, seedlings, planting, native grass restoration and/or exotic control costs. This program is focused on longleaf pine ecosystem restoration for the benefit of wildlife species in greatest conservation need. Currently, applications are being accepted for 50/50 cost share on-site preparation, containerized longleaf pine trees and planting. More

Eagle Awareness Weekends Continues
Lake Guntersville State Park has exciting interpretive programs, live birds, guided field trips, excellent food, great views, fellowship and more waiting for you! All programs are free and no registration is required. 
February 1-3, Guest speakers include: Camp McDowell Environmental Center Senior Naturalist Dave Holloway and ADCNR Wildlife Biologist Keith Hudson.
February 8-10, Guest speakers include: John and Dale Stokes from Save Our American Raptors (SOAR). This is a power-packed weekend and you won't want to miss it! 
February 15-17, Guest speakers include: Wildlife Photographers Elmo Belcher, Rocky Baker and Paul Franklin. 

Photo of the Month: Mallard Landing!
2013 OA Photo Contest Winner: Jenna Burgess, age 17, takes first place in the Youth 13-18 category with her shot of a landing mallard. Great shooting, Jenna! Check out the February 2013 issue of Outdoor Alabama magazine, out later this month, to see the rest of the winners! 
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Forever Wild Board
Meets February 7
The Board of Trustees of the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust will hold its first quarterly meeting on February 7, 2013, at the Alabama State Capitol Auditorium, Montgomery. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

Support Alabama Wildlife
The “Alabama Nongame Wildlife Fund” check-off box on the state income tax form provides citizens a way to donate all or a portion of their state tax refunds for the benefit of nongame wildlife. Past donations to the Nongame Wildlife Program helped bring back bald eagles, ospreys and bluebirds to Alabama, but many other nongame wildlife species still need help. More

Alabama State Parks
Hunter's Special
Select Alabama State Parks are offering a “Hunter’s Special” package through February 2013 for hunters using Alabama’s wildlife management areas (WMA). This discount is exclusively for hunters and spouses only. Hunters must show their hunting license and WMA permit in order to receive the discount. More

Watchable Wildlife
Alabama has tremendous natural diversity that spans terrestrial habitats from the gulf beaches to the lower Appalachian Mountains, and also contains a wealth of water and wetland resources. Visit ADCNR's Watchable Wildlife page to learn more about Alabama’s animals.

Hogs Gone Wild
Feral hogs in Alabama pose a serious threat to native wildlife. High reproductive rates, a lack of natural predators, voracious omnivorous feeding habits, destructive rooting behavior and habitat destruction are just a few reasons why Alabama sportsmen and land managers are encouraged to help control this non-native species. More

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 February 2013 E-Newsletter