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Red Snapper Season, Shortest Ever?
Whether Gulf Coast anglers get the proposed 27-day red snapper season, the shortest in history, remains to be seen. It could get a little better, but it also could get a whole lot worse. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) currently projects anglers, who are increasingly catching bigger and bigger snapper, will reach their recreational quota of 4.145 million pounds in less than a month. More
Conservation Advisory Board Meets March 9
in Vestavia Hills
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will hold its second scheduled meeting of 2013 on Saturday, March 9, at Liberty Park Middle School located at 17035 Liberty Parkway, Vestavia Hills, Ala. 35242. The meeting will take place in the school auditorium/gym. Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. At the first Alabama Conservation Advisory Board meeting of 2013, Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. unveiled an ambitious plan to improve the data collection for white-tailed deer and wild turkeys as well as a proposal to shift deer season into February in southwest Alabama. More 

DeSoto State Park Pays Tribute
to Civilian Conservation Corps 
DeSoto State Park will hold a grand opening of a museum dedicated to the Park's history with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on March 22, at 1 p.m. The museum is located in the “Contact Station” at the original entrance to DeSoto State Park on Country Road 618. An often overlooked part of U.S. history, the CCC was a program enacted by during the Great Depression as a way to bring relief to millions of unemployed Americans. The CCC helped develop DeSoto State Park in the mid-1930s, then known as State Park #5. To learn more about the CCC Museum, click here.

Volunteers Needed for Exceptional Anglers Event
Each year Oak Mountain State Park hosts the Exceptional Anglers event called “Gone Fishin’, Not Just Wishin’.” During the event, special needs students from the Shelby and Jefferson county school systems, ages five to 21, are given the opportunity to fish, participate in art projects, and other activities. This year’s event will take place May 8-10. Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jerry Moss or Brenda Morrison by email at Jerry.Moss@dcnr.alabama.gov or Brenda.Morrison@dcnr.alabama.gov

Alabamian named NWTF Law Enforcement
Officer of the Year
Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Conservation Enforcement Officer Darin Clifton has been named 2013 National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Clifton received the award during the organization’s national convention in Nashville on February 16. This is the second year in a row that a Conservation Enforcement Officer from Alabama has won the award. Bryan Fisher received the award in 2012. More

Photo of the Month: Little River Canyon
Keith Bozeman took first place in the Scenic/Pictorial Category of the 2013 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest with this shot of Little River Canyon Preserve in northeast Alabama. Each of the winners can be seen in the current issue of Outdoor Alabama magazine. You can also view the winning photos at Outdoor Alabama's Flickr Photostream.
    
 
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March Opening of Adventure Center Ziplines at GSP
Four of the Center’s six ziplines go over water, and the last one is almost entirely over water, culminating with a graceful landing on a deck about 200 feet offshore of Lake Shelby. Gulf Adventure Center also offers paddle boarding and kayaking adventures. Visit their website for more details. Visit Gulf State Park’s site to learn more about one of Alabama’s best stretches of beach.
Young Artists Encouraged to Enter State Fish Art Contest
Each year the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) partners with Wildlife Forever to conduct the State Fish Art Contest in which students depict a state fish and write a one-page essay to compete for scholarships and other prizes. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, and mailed to Wildlife Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., No. 1000, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430.  More

Monte Sano Builds 
New Park Store
The park's store is currently undergoing renovations to accommodate its expanded role as the park’s main office and store. The original park office was destroyed by fire in 2010. A temporary park office located across the street from the current store is available for visitors to check in for lodging and day use activities. Restrooms are available at the temporary office. More

Post Your Fishing
Tournaments Online!
Organizers are encouraged to post their tournaments in the fishing section of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) website. To post an event, click here
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 March 2013 E-Newsletter