Get a Jump on Deer Season with OA Live
White-tail deer and deer management will be the next topic on Outdoor Alabama Live, a live webcast series hosted by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The show will air Tuesday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. To watch this hour-long interactive presentation visit the show website at the time of the webcast. To have your deer-related question answered on the show email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or text it to (205) 259-6941. You may also submit your question directly through the Outdoor Alabama Live website. Questions can be submitted anytime prior to and during the webcast. More
Have Fun and Be Safe
Consider Introducing Someone to Hunting
With bow season currently underway and gun season starting on November 19, now is the perfect time to talk about the number one game animal hunted in Alabama, white-tail deer. Approximately 180,000 deer hunters account for more than 4 million man-days of hunting activity each year, which has a significant impact on the local economy of many parts of the state. Aside from the economic impact, deer hunting serves as a way to reconnect with our natural roots. This year consider taking along a first-time hunter or mentoring a young hunter. Practice hunter safety at all times. Above all, have fun, be safe, and good luck. Also, check out our new hunter safety PSA!
Piedmont Plateau Birding
Trail Launches in November
Alabama’s newest birding trail will officially open on Nov. 17, 2011, when representatives from nine east-central Alabama counties launch the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail. The official trail launch will take place at 1 p.m. CST at Horseshoe Bend National Military Park near Alexander City, Ala. Three years in development, the Piedmont Plateau trail now features 35 approved sites covering an area of 3.5 million acres. This trail is one of eight that will ultimately cover the entire state. Other trails currently in operation are the North Alabama Birding Trail and the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. When completed, the eight trails are expected to be collectively marketed as part of a statewide system of cohesive trails and loops. More
OA Sweepstakes Must Enter to Win!
A four-wheeler, jon boat package, 12 gauge and a $500 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card are a few of the prizes to be awarded in the Outdoor Alabama Sweepstakes, which runs through January 31, 2012. Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be completed online. If you purchase a license online you are automatically entered unless you opt not to participate. If you purchase a license at a vendor, if you have a lifetime license or if you don’t want to purchase a license, you may enter by following the instructions here.
Fall/Winter Outdoor Adventures!
Alabama’s mild fall and winter make for excellent outdoor adventures. Here are a few suggestions that are sure to create lasting memories.
Your Other Backyard!
Alabama’s 22 State Parks are a fun and affordable way to shake off the chill of winter. If you are looking for a day trip, weekend getaway or extended staycation you will find what you need only an hour away from almost anywhere in the state. Watch this video to get a sense of all that Alabama State Parks has to offer!
Shooting Tips from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
Setting up a scope for success.
Now is the perfect time to pick up or download a copy of the 2011-12 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Guide. The digest is packed with all you need to know about what, when and where to hunt and fish in Alabama. Copies are available from ADCNR or online.
Follow the 2011 Whooping crane chicks from their fledging ground at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin to their wintering grounds in Florida. The chicks will pass over seven states and experience an unknown number of migration days on their journey. December will see the chicks pass through more than 300 miles of Alabama. Read all about it on the Operation Migration field journal.
Your Memories Could Make You a Winner!
Final drawing Dec. 1
Do you have a favorite Alabama State Park memory? Was it a camping trip with a loved one? A birthday party on the beach? A hike at sunset? If so, you could win a $250 state park gift card by entering “Where Memories Are Made.” The final drawing will be held on December 1, so submit your entry today! The Where Memories Are Made site to view other memories by park visitors and to add your own. More.