More Than 1,400 Deer Reported Via Game Check Since October 15
The Game Check program was designed to give the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) data on the harvest of white-tailed deer and wild turkeys to assist in crucial wildlife management decisions. If enough hunters voluntarily comply, Game Check will provide the information needed for season and bag limit recommendations. It will also give the Enforcement Division the ability to check on compliance with harvest limits for deer and turkeys. Currently, the Game Check system is providing real-time harvest data across the state. Click here to submit your deer and/or turkey harvest and to view where these animals are being harvested.
State Parks Celebrate 75 Years of Service in 2014
From the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Alabama State Parks reflect every facet of the state's rich natural landscape and in 2014 the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone — its 75th anniversary. Throughout the year, Alabama’s 22 state parks will host a variety of hikes, nature walks and programs, dining and camping specials and various other events highlighting 75 years of service to the people of Alabama. More information about the Alabama State Parks 75th Anniversary Celebration will be posted at alapark.com during the coming months. Visit the website often for lodging, camping and dining specials and event announcements.
Submit Your Photos to WFF Facebook Page
This fall, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) invites hunters to submit their photos to the Division’s Facebook page. There are three photo categories: Youth, Ladies, and Big Bucks (no point minimum). To submit a hunting photo, email it to Traci Wood and include “Facebook Photo” in the subject line of the email. More
Fall Wild Game Fare from the Freezer
Venison Chili Recipes and More!
By David Rainer, Outdoor Alabama
The passage of the first cool front of the fall is an annual reminder that I need to look in the freezer and determine how much wild game remains. After the inventory is completed, it’s time to make plans to do either a little cooking or a lot of cooking. “One of the hallmarks of the early hunting season menus is the hodgepodge nature of the fare. A lot of hunters find it necessary to excavate the innards of their home freezer for game left over from last year. That’s why these early hunting meals are often a smorgasbord of tasty dishes that don’t follow a regular pattern,” said David Holloway, the Food Editor for the Press-Register in Mobile. More
Photo of the Month: White-tailed deer
White-tailed deer are some of the most recognized wildlife in Alabama. Bucks grow antlers each year, beginning at one year of age. Antler growth usually begins in late April or May and is completed by September. Antlers are typically shed in March. Bucks usually grow larger antlers each year until antler size peaks at around five to seven years old. Antler size and shape are highly variable and depend on age, nutrition, and genetics. In the early 1900s, it was estimated only about 2,000 deer existed in the state. After decades of restocking and management efforts, Alabama’s deer population was estimated at 1.75 million animals in 2000. Today, Alabama wildlife officials are asking hunters to report deer harvests via Game Check to help better understand and manage this iconic North American wildlife resource.
Photo by Michael Padget
2010 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest
Practice Tree Stand Safety
While tree stands continue to become lighter, quieter, and safer, they are still the greatest source of injuries to hunters. Visit the Outdoor Alabama tree stand safety site to learn more.
Register for a Youth Hunt
Online registration for four youth deer hunts on the Fred T. Stimpson Community Hunting Area in Clarke County is currently underway. Click here, to register.
Oak Mountain Improvements
Located atop the mountain, the new Peavine Recreation Area Overlook platform is about one-quarter mile from the Peavine Falls parking lot and a new trail was constructed in conjunction with the overlook. The spillway bridge on John Findley Drive was also renovated. More
Oak Mountain Open
During Bow Hunts
Bowhunters will be in Oak Mountain State Park from Nov. 1, 2013, through Jan. 31, 2014. Hunt dates will be weekdays only with the exception of three weekends in January 2014.
Bowhunters have already been selected by the Bowhunters of Alabama. More
If you are among the first 1,000 to complete a “Commitment to Purchase” application, your $50 tag fee will either be reimbursed or paid by ADCNR depending on your method of commitment.