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Alabama Continues Monitoring 
for Chronic Wasting Disease
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer has not occurred in Alabama and the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) is taking several measures to help prevent the disease from reaching the state. Tests to confirm the presence of CWD require collecting the skull and neck vertebra from adult age class hunter harvested white-tailed deer. WFF staff work with local clubs and deer processors to collect the necessary samples for CWD monitoring. A minimum of 300 samples have been collected annually statewide for the past 10 years. More

Forever Wild Open-gate
Hunting Weekends
A series of “open-gate weekends” on select Forever Wild properties is designed to increase access to hunting on public lands. During the weekends the internal woods-roads gates will be opened to allow for easier access to hunting on the properties. Unlike hunting on private land or Wildlife Management Areas, the hunters only need a hunting license to hunt the properties. All other hunting rules and regulations apply and the tracts will be patrolled and monitored by conservation enforcement officers. Open-gate properties and dates during the 2012 Hunting Season:
  • Red Hills Tract in Monroe Co. will be open January 7-8.
  • Lillian Swamp Tract in Baldwin Co. will be open  January 12-14.
  • Splinter Hill Bog Tract in Baldwin Co. will be open January 12-14.

Construction Begins on
Mariculture Center
When the shovels sank into the coastal soil at the Marine Resources Division facility in Gulf Shores last month work officially began to bring the Claude Peteet Mariculture Center into the 21st century. Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship said the project will add a 21,000-square-foot laboratory and hatchery facility and an 8,000-square-foot administration building to the current Marine Resources Division facilities. Economist Semoon Chang of the University of South Alabama said the construction will create 167 direct jobs and 320 indirect jobs. More

Recycled Tires Find New
Life at Alabama State Parks
Five Alabama State Parks have received playground and landscaping improvements with funding support from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). The ADEM funding was made possible through the Alabama Scrap Tire Fund and the ADEM Scrap Tire Marketing program. Annually Alabama generates approximately 5 million scrap tires, with an additional 4 million imported from other states. More than 7 million of those tires are reused each year through various applications and projects such as the Alabama State Parks playground improvements. More

Walleye Protected in Select Alabama Waters
Sauger Regulation Also Changed
It is now illegal to take or attempt to take walleye from certain Alabama waters. Any walleye caught should be immediately released, with the least possible harm to the fish, into the waters from which they were taken. Efforts to limit the harvest of a relative of the walleye, the sauger, are also underway. The regulation allowing three sauger less than the 14-inch minimum length limit was changed to read: “It is illegal to possess any sauger less than 14 inches in total length.” More

Still Time to Enter!
The Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes ends at the end of this month so enter now to win a four-wheeler, jon boat package, 12 gauge and a $500 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card among other prizes! More

Ainsworth Named to
Conservation Advisory Board
Austin Ainsworth of Guntersville has been appointed to the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board by Gov. Robert Bentley. An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he graduated from Auburn University and joined the management team at Dream Ranch, a family-owned commercial hunting facility in Marshall County. More
   
 
Purchase Your Licenses Online

NSSF's Mark Thomas shares some important considerations that will help ensure your harvest is just as memorable and satisfying on the table as it was in the field.

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Eagle Awareness
Eagle Awareness is a long-standing tradition at Lake Guntersville with more than twenty years of offering exciting programs and guided field trips.  Here’s a list of 2012 events!

LIP Grant for
Landowners
Applications are now being accepted for the Landowner Incentive Program (LIP), which helps support longleaf pine restoration efforts in Alabama. The grant was awarded through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and will be made available to qualifying landowners for longleaf pine restoration on private lands. More

Waterfowl Stamp
Art Contest
Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2012 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest. The winning artwork will be used as the design of the 2013-2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, required to be purchased when hunting migratory waterfowl. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 15. More

2012 Coastal
Resources Calendar
The 2012 “Conserving and Enjoying Alabama’s Coastal Resources” art calendar is now available for free. A total of 1,878 forth grade students from 55 schools submitted artworks depicting various marine life and aspects of coastal living. More

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 Outdoor Alabama January 2012 E-Newsletter