State Parks Honors Veterans with Free Admission
In honor of Veterans Day, Alabama State Parks will waive the entrance fee for veterans at all of its 22 state parks on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11. Anyone who indicates they are a veteran will be admitted into the park day-use areas without charge. No identification will be required.
Veterans have been leaders in the development of state parks and other public lands across the country. Several of Alabama’s state parks were developed with help from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which employed numerous veterans. For example, DeSoto State Park is deeply steeped in CCC history. Some of the DeSoto cabins were built by the CCC with materials sourced from a quarry that can be viewed from one of the park’s hiking trails. More
Report Your Harvest Online
With the start of gun deer season coming up on November 17, did you know that you can report your deer harvest information online? Accurate, timely harvest data provides wildlife biologists with much-needed information about the state's deer population. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' online deer harvest form works like a harvest journal for hunters; once the information is added to the online database, it is permanently accessible by the hunter anytime, anywhere. Get started by clicking here.
Deer Management Assistance Program
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) has made two significant changes to its Deer Management Assistance Program (DMP). Starting with the 2012-13 hunting season, the enrollment fees will be dropped, and a series of regional meetings will be conducted by WFF biologists to collect the data gathered by participating hunting clubs. The WFF’s goal is to enroll 400 to 500 hunting clubs scattered evenly across the state in order to collect enough data to help it better understand and manage the state’s deer population. During the 2011-12 hunting season, only 104 participating hunting clubs were enrolled in the program. More
Alabama Schools Produce World Archery Champions
Alabama can add two world class championship archery teams to its long list of sports accomplishments. On Saturday, October 6, the Foley Intermediate School archery team took first place in the elementary division at the National Archery in the Schools Program’s (NASP) 2012 World Championships at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. In addition to Foley’s first place finish, the Alma Bryant High School archery team took second place in the high school division, and three Alabama archers placed within the top three spots in their respective divisions. More
Photo of the Month: Eastern Indigo Snake
by Billy Pope, ADCNR
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources was recently recognized by the USDA-Forest Service (USFS) with a Partnerships Award for helping reintroduce the federally threatened Eastern indigo snake back into the state. The project, which has now introduced 78 wild indigo snakes into the Conecuh National Forest, began with the 2005 investigation of the status of the Eastern indigo snake in Alabama by the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries staff.
The Eastern Indigo Snake is a large nonpoisonous, stout bodied snake averaging six to seven feet in length. The largest individual recorded was eight-and-a-half-feet. The Indigo Snake is smooth scaled and uniform glossy blue-black throughout its body except for some reddish orange or cream color on its throat, cheeks and chin. This coloration varies with some individuals having distinct coloration and others with no coloration. More
Forever Wild Goes Social
with New Website
The Forever Wild Land Trust has launched a new social media-driven interactive website. The new site serves as a social media hub and a forum for fans of Forever Wild to share their favorite outdoor experiences. More
2012 Master National
Retriever Club Hunt Test
This event was recently held at the M. Barnett Lawley Field Trial Area, and was a huge success. Competitors came from all over the country—from California, to Maryland, and even as far as Vancouver, Canada. The competitors and visitors who traveled to the event greatly impacted the local area economy, raising awareness of all of the wonderful natural resources that Alabama has to offer. Take a look at this video to learn more.
Note It Before You Tote It!
Hunters are required to possess an accurate, up-to-date harvest record with them at all times while hunting deer and turkey. More
Wiregrass Birding Trail
The Wiregrass Birding Trail will officially launch on November 2, 2012, in Eufaula, Ala. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon at the trailhead of the Yoholo Micco Trail in the heart of downtown Eufaula. More