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Game Check Now Voluntary
Alabama's new Game Check system is now voluntary. While the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries highly encourages hunters to report deer and turkey harvests via the Game Check system, it will no longer be mandatory. The change went into effect prior to the start of archery season on October 15. Hunters who still wish to participate in the Game Check system may do so online at www.outdooralabama.com, via the Outdoor Alabama smart phone apps for iPhone and Android, or by telephone at 1-800-888-7690. More

Fall Red Snapper Season Opens Oct. 1
This summer a fall red snapper season seemed stuck in limbo, but starting at 12:01 a.m. on October 1, federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will open for red snapper recreational fishing. The season will close on October 15, at 12:01 a.m., local time. NOAA Fisheries also increased the allowable catch for red snapper from 8.46 million pounds (mp) to 11 mp. The recreational quota will increase from 4.145 mp to 5.39 mp. The commercial quota will increase from 4.315 mp to 5.61 mp. There is a two-fish, per person, per day limit during the fall season. More

Conecuh Shooting Range Now Open 
A new public shooting range is now open in the Conecuh National Forest in south Alabama. The U.S. Forest Service and the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries partnered to create the shooting range, which will be open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset. The facility includes a 10-station, 100-yard shooting range and a 10-station, 50-yard shooting range. Adjacent to the 100-yard shooting range is a shotgun shooting area for people who bring their own clay targets and thrower. The ranges are wheelchair accessible and have concrete walkways for downrange access to the target lines. Permanent bathroom facilities will be installed in October 2013. More

Pond Management in Alabama
Small ponds and lakes represent a significant portion of Alabama’s freshwater resources. The state has an estimated 50,000 ponds that cover approximately 150,000 acres. Most ponds that have been stocked with largemouth bass and bream can provide excellent recreational opportunities when properly managed. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division's pond management information is available as a downloadable book called Sportfish Management in Alabama Ponds or as a two-hour documentary available online. More

Photo of the Month: 
Cathedral Caverns State Park
The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is its massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a world record for commercial caves. The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created including “Goliath”-- the largest stalagmite in the world measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. To get started planning your visit to Cathedral, click here
Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR
Outdoor Alabama magazine is currently accepting entries for its 2014 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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Seen a Black Bear?
Black bear sightings have been increasing in Alabama. If you spot one, let us know. This information will help ADCNR biologists better understand why we are seeing more of them. You can report a sighting at this link, here.  

Fawns Best Left in Wild
Every year, the lives of many young wild animals are destroyed by well-meaning people who attempt to “rescue” them from the wild. This is especially true for white-tailed deer fawns, which are often left alone during the day while the mother is feeding nearby. More

Wehle Center Open,
Heritage Day Canceled 
The 2013 Wehle Outdoor Heritage Day activities have been canceled, but the Wehle Land Conservation Center near Midway, Ala., will remain open to the public on Saturday, October 5. In addition to various outdoor recreational opportunities at the facility, staff will be available to share information about the center, research initiatives and land management activities. 

New Freshwater Tag
ADCNR is currently pre-selling its new “Freshwater Fishing” distinctive license plate. The tag is not yet available for purchase; however, 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.  More 
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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 2013 E-Newsletter