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Freshwater Fishing Regulations Changes 
for 2012-13 Season
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has approved several fishing regulation changes related to creel and length limits in public waters. These changes were enacted to provide further protection for game fish species, to clarify previous regulations, and/or to allow a more liberalized harvest. These changes went into effect on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Some fishing regulations remain unchanged. For a complete list of freshwater fishing regulations in Alabama, consult the 2012-13 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest. For statewide freshwater fishing regulation changes and site-specific regulation changes, click here.

Youth Hunt Registration Now Open
Registration is still open for the 12th annual youth dove hunts sponsored by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). The remaining hunts are scheduled for October 6 in Barbour, Geneva, Henry, and Monroe counties; and on October 20 in Covington, Dale and Geneva counties. Mobile will hold its youth dove hunts on October 13 and 20. Online registration is encouraged. However, participants without Internet access may register by calling the WFF district office listed on the hunt schedule or the Montgomery headquarters at 334-242-3469. District office personnel will complete the electronic registration form for you over the phone. Click here to register. 
WFF is also sponsoring four youth deer hunts on the Fred T. Stimpson Community Hunting Area in Clarke County this fall. The hunting area is located off of Clarke County Road 15 approximately 12 miles south of Jackson, Ala. Online registration for the hunts will begin at 8 a.m. on October 9. Seventy youth hunters will be selected for each of the four deer hunts. Youth must be under 16 years of age on the day of the hunt and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult 25 years or older, a parent or legal guardian. Click here to register. 

West Alabama Birding Trail
Recently opened, this trail, one of eight covering the state, provides easy access to Alabama’s natural wealth as bird-watching tourists become an increasingly important source of revenue for Alabama. The eight counties that make up the West Alabama Birding Trail include Bibb, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker. The Alabama Birding Trails website offers detailed information about the sites and sounds of all of Alabama’s birding trails. More

Access to Archery Increases With New Facilities
Two new community archery parks are now open in Lincoln and Heflin, and the next one will open on October 12 in Ozark, Ala. These facilities are one component of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources effort to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery. More

Photo of the Month:
Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW)
BOW is a three-day workshop designed for women ages 18 years or older and offers hands-on instruction in more than 50 outdoors related classes. The workshop takes place each March and October. This October's BOW is full, but registration for the March session will begin in mid-December 2012. Outdoor Alabama Art Director Billy Pope captured this image of the ladies around a large campfire during a previous BOW. More
Outdoor Alabama magazine is currently accepting entries for its 2012 Photo Contest so give us your best shot! But hurry, the deadline to enter is October 31. For a complete list of contest rules and to see past winners, click here.
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Pick Up a Copy Before 
Deer Season Starts on
October 15
The 2012-13 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest is now available online and in print. Visit the Hunting Section of Outdoor Alabama for more details!

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

Renew Our Rivers Event 
At Wind Creek 
Wind Creek State Park will host "Lake Martin Renew our Rivers" this year on October 4 and 5 . Participants will meet at the Wind Creek State Park Marina to receive instructions at 8 a.m. To volunteer, contact John Thompson at 334-541-2851 or john.thompson@hcsinc.net.

Take A Kid Mountain Biking!Sunday, October 14
Oak Mountain State Park, the Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP), and the Magic City Cycle Chix are teaming up for "Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day" at Oak Mountain State Park! Bring your child and their friend(s) for an exciting day of kid friendly mountain biking. More

Youth Trapper Education Workshops start in December, but it's not too early to sign up because these classes fill up fast! For workshop dates and locations, click here!

Watchable Wildlife: 
Did you know that Alabama is home to 83 species of crayfish, more species than any other state? Check out the Watchable Wildlife section of Outdoor Alabama to learn more about these aquatic critters. More

Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
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 Outdoor Alabama October 2012 E-Newsletter