Alabama State Parks Mobile App Now Available
The Alabama State Parks Pocket Ranger smartphone app for iPhone and Android app is now available in the iTunes and Android Markets and at pocketranger.com. The app is being released in conjunction with the park system’s 75th Anniversary celebration. This free interactive guide gives users detailed information on all 22 of Alabama’s state parks including general policies, contact information, activities, trails, park maps and much more.
Wolf Creek WMA Lease to Be Ended
After more than 50 years, the lease agreement between the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) and the landowners of the Wolf Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be terminated on mutual terms. Beginning in the fall of 2014, there will no longer be a Wolf Creek Wildlife Management Area in Fayette and Walker counties. More
NASP State Championship Winners Announced
Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship was held Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala. More than 1,250 students from across the state, grades three through 12, competed for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the national championship in May. More than 2,700 students statewide competed in one of seven regional events in order to qualify for the state championship. Click here for a complete list of the winners. Photos of the competition can be viewed at Outdoor Alabama’s Flickr.
Snapper Season Shortened
A federal court ruling has shortened the red snapper season to a possible 11 days this summer. The final federal red snapper season will be published in mid-May. “We have been working logically and methodically to make real changes to this federal system and to position Alabama to take over regional management of this vitally important fishery,” said Chris Blankenship, Alabama Marine Resources Director. “The recent ruling in the lawsuit has created a crisis for this season. Maybe this will bring all the parties together to help us make the changes we know are needed to correctly allow our fishermen access to the great fishery we have built.” To keep up-to-date with the most recent changes, visit the Alabama Marine Resources Facebook page.
Twenty Years of Exceptional Anglers
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Exceptional Anglers event "Gone Fishin', Not Just Wishin'" at Oak Mountain State Park. The annual event teaches special needs students from the Shelby and Jefferson county school systems the art of fishing. This year’s event will be held May 14-16. Media Day will be Friday, May 16, from 9-11 a.m. The fishing and festivities will take place behind the park’s main office. To watch a video and learn more about the event, click here. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact ADCNR representatives Jerry Moss, 205-331-1390 or Jerry.Moss@dcnr.alabama.gov, or Brenda Morrison, 205-477-6301 or Brenda.Morrison@dcnr.alabama.gov, for more details.
CAB meets May 3
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will meet on Saturday, May 3, 2014, in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery, Ala. Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Visitors should use the entrance behind the Capitol on North Union Street.
Free Fishing Day!
On Saturday, June 7, 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
Public Lakes Update
Dallas and Walker County Public Fishing Lakes have both reopened. The lakes had been temporarily closed pending the hiring of a new lake manager. For more information about where to fish in Alabama, click here.
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