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Savings Extended for Freshwater Fishing Tag
In November 2013, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) achieved the goal of 1,000 commitments for its new “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate. Originally, ADCNR offered to pay or reimburse the $50 “Commitment to Purchase” application fee for the first 1,000 applicants. However, this offer is now being extended to include any applicant who completes a “Commitment to Purchase” application or “Power of Attorney” form and sends their associated paperwork to the ADCNR Fisheries Section office in Montgomery before January 17. More

Open-gate Weekends Improve Hunting Access On
Select Forever Wild Properties
The Alabama State Lands Division announces a series of “open-gate weekends” on four Forever Wild properties 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. The Lillian Swamp and Splinter Hill Bog tracts in Baldwin County, the Old Cahawba Prairie tract in Dallas County and the Red Hills tract in Monroe will have gates open serving the primary roads within these tracts during Jan. 11-12, 2014, and Feb. 22-23, 2014. More
Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest Opens January 1
Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest, which opens January 1, 2014. The winning artwork will be used as the design of the 2015-2016 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, which is required to be purchased when hunting migratory waterfowl. Entries will be accepted from January 1 - February 18, 2014. The competition is open to resident Alabama artists only. More 

Several State Public Fishing Lakes
Remain Open through January
This winter, seven of Alabama’s 23 State Public Fishing Lakes will be open for winter fishing. Barbour, Bibb, Dale, DeKalb, Geneva (two lakes), and Madison county lakes will be open during portions of December and January.  The remaining lakes are closed until February 1, 2014, when the lakes return to their regular schedule. More

Wildlife Spotlight: Gopher Tortoise
The gopher tortoise is a keystone species found within longleaf pine and oak sandhills from eastern Louisiana to far southwestern South Carolina. Gopher tortoise burrows provide refuge for more than 300 species of invertebrates and some rare vertebrate species. In Alabama, the gopher tortoise is found primarily in the southern part of the state. 
 
The State Lands Division is currently offering to relocate gopher tortoises within the Baldwin County area displaced by habitat conversion. The gopher tortoise relocation project is associated with habitat restoration within the Perdido River Wildlife Management Area. More
    
 
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Happy New Year From
Outdoor Alabama
Start the year off right with a New Year’s hike!  Alabama’s 22 state parks are a great hiking option. Other hiking/biking options outside of the state park system include Alabama's Forever Wild properties. For trail maps and more, visit alapark.com or alabamaforeverwild.com.

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. More

Alabama State Parks
Hunter's Special
Select Alabama State Parks are offering a “Hunter’s Special” package now through February for hunters using Alabama’s wildlife management areas.  More

From 1939 to 2014,
75 Years of Service
The state’s park system is celebrating a milestone — its 75th anniversary. More

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 January 2014 E-Newsletter