Forever Wild Has a New Website!
As Alabamians, we have a lot to be proud of, especially the natural beauty and bountiful wildlife across our state. But don't just be proud of it. Go out and enjoy it; it belongs to you. The Forever Wild Land Trust encourages you to plan an afternoon adventure. Go for a picnic. Take your family fishing. Hike through the forest. Paddle a canoe. Camp overnight and have a sunrise birding session. Then you can take a bike trail or ride horseback. During hunting season, a whole other adventure awaits. To learn more about what Forever Wild has to offer, visit the program’s new website, http://www.alabamaforeverwild.com. You can also find Forever Wild on Facebook.
Alabama Archers Place at Nationals
The National Archery in the Schools (NASP) National Tournament was held May 11-12, 2012, in Louisville,Ky. The tournament's top overall female archer was Wendi Thomas, a junior at Alma Bryant High School in Irvington, Ala., who was awarded a $7,500 college scholarship. During the event Thomas also made the first Army National Guard All-American Team, as did Korey McKay, a junior from Ashville High. Foley Intermediate School from Foley, Ala., also placed first in the middle school division. Other winning archers from Alabama include: Zac Smith from Ashville Middle, 4th place middle school male; Shelby Anderson from Foley Intermediate, 2nd place 6th grade female; Dalton Anderson from Foley Intermediate School, 2nd place 5th grade male. More
Mountain Bikers Have Two New
Riding Opportunities in Alabama
New mountain bike trails at the Forever Wild Coldwater Mountain Doug Ghee Nature Preserve in Calhoun Co. and at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham are now open. The Coldwater Mountain trails are multi-year projects. The first phase consisting of 11 miles of trail in two loops was recently opened. A one-mile, easy loop is for less experienced riders or those who prefer shorter distance riding. The 10-mile loop is more difficult and best traversed by bikers with some riding experience. Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, Ala., will soon have approximately 16 miles of new mountain bike trails. As part of the trail expansion, a pump track has also been constructed near the Oak Mountain BMX track. A pump track is a continuous off-road course of smooth hills and raised corners where the movement of the rider propels the bike rather pedaling. Sections of the new trails are open to ride. Completion dates for future sections of the trails are dependent on weather and funding. In addition to mountain bikers, all of the new and planned trails, except the downhill and flow trails will be open to hikers and trail runners as well.
Gulf State Park Offers Recreation and Relaxation
for the Entire Family
Gulf State Park’s 2 miles of beaches greet you with plenty of white sun-kissed sand, surging surf, seagulls and sea shells, but there is more than sand and surf to sink your toes into. Inside Gulf State Park there is a championship golf course, beach pavilion, rental cottages, nature center, tennis courts, camp sites, hiking trails and a fishing pier that extends 1,512 feet into the Gulf. This and much more make Gulf State Park the perfect in-state vacation or out-of-state adventure. Plan your visit today!
Photo of the Month:
Sunset Over Mobile Bay
Laurie Webre’s beautiful shot was entered in a previous Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest. Entries for the 2013 contest must be postmarked by October 31, 2012. Winning photos will be published in the February 2013 issue of Outdoor Alabama magazine. To find out how to enter your images, visit http://bit.ly/ftzRFn
Alligator Hunt Registration Opens June 5
Registration for Alabama’s 7th regulated alligator hunting season will open June 5, 2012. The hunts will be held on August 16-18 and August 23- 25 in the Mobile Tensaw Delta and west central Alabama, and on August 10-26 for the southeast Alabama area. To register for the alligator hunts visit our website starting June 5. Online registration for the random tag drawing will end at 8 a.m. on July 13. More
Red Snapper Season
Gulf waters will be open for recreational red snapper fishing from June 1, 2012, through July 10, 2012. All anglers must adhere to catch limits and restrictions and have a current Alabama saltwater fishing license, which can be purchased online here.
Free Fishing Day!
Saturday, June 9, 2012, Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most state waters. This Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 2-10. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for a day. More
The 79th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) will be held July 20-22, 2012. The ADSFR is a 3-day Captain's Choice tournament and a Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) sanctioned event. The total awards package is valued at over $400,000 and anchored by two boat, motor, and trailer packages. In 2011, the ADSFR was recognized by Guinness World Records as the largest fishing tournament in the world.
Beat the Fall Rush
Were you born after August 1, 1977, or are you planning on traveling out of state for a hunting trip later this year? If so, you’ll need to take an Alabama hunter education course. There are several options available for your convenience including a free online course. Don’t put it off until the start of deer season; beat the rush and do it today!
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 our Watchable Wildlife page to learn more about Alabama’s animals.