Five months after a tornado devastated the campground at Lake Guntersville State Park, one section is now open. All 49 of the sites that are now open have electrical, water and sewer hook-ups. Twenty-five of the sites are available for reservations and the other 24 are first-come, first served. Reserve by calling (256) 571-5455. Lake Guntersville was hit hard by the storms and all of the park’s 366 campsites were closed due to severe damage including downed trees and power lines. The remaining portions of the campground are closed to visitors due to the ongoing cleanup. More campsite openings will be announced soon. 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. Online entry is available and comes automatically with the purchase of a 2011-2012 recreational hunting or fishing license. You may also enter without purchasing a license or if you have a lifetime license. Only one entry per person is allowed, and it must be completed online. 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 online here.
Handgun Regulation for
Season Opens October 15
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announces the limited expansion of the opportunity for bowhunters to carry handguns during archery-only season, which opens October 15, 2011. This regulation change creates the opportunity statewide for archery hunters otherwise authorized by law to carry handguns in the field for personal protection. However, such handguns may not be used to hunt game animals that are not already open to firearms hunting. While some consideration had been given to expanding the regulation change to include all firearms, such action has been postponed for further evaluation. More.
What Goes Up
Should Come Down Safely
To help ensure a safe and successful season, hunters are encouraged to follow these simple safety precautions when shooting from a tree stand or elevated shooting platform. For more hunting safety tips visit the hunter education section of Outdoor Alabama.
Choose a straight, healthy tree of the right size in which to place the stand.
Inspect your treestand at the beginning of the season and before each use.
Make sure your stand is fastened to the tree securely.
Test your treestand slightly off the ground to make sure it is safe.
Unload your gun prior to pulling it up with a strong cord or rope.
Avoid excessive movement that could cause you to lose your balance.
Clear away obstructive branches before shooting from a stand.
Fall Outdoor Adventures!
Fall is the perfect time to experience the wonder of Alabama’s natural heritage. This fall take advantage of the many opportunities for an outdoor Alabama adventure. Listed below are a just a few suggestions that are sure to create lasting memories.
Shooting Tips from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
Become a better instinctive shooter by using these tips from expert Gil Ash. See it on Youtube.
Your State Park Memories
Could Make You a Winner!
Congrats to Dianne Herzog of Fairhope and Doris Sanders of Montevallo, our September “Where Memories Are Made” winners! The next drawing will be held on December 1, so submit your entry today. Access the Where Memories Are Made promotion to view other memories by park visitors and to add your own.
Give Us Your Best Shot!
Deadline is October 31
Outdoor Alabama magazine is currently accepting entries for its 2012 Photo Contest. Winning entries will be published in the February 2012 issue of the magazine. A complete list of categories, rules and an entry form are available here. All photos must have been taken in Alabama and entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2011.