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Black Bear Are on the Move in Alabama
While recent black bear sightings in Lee County have some residents concerned about their safety, wildlife experts say these animals tend to avoid contact with humans. The two sightings occurred in July: the first near a subdivision in Opelika and the second near Salem, Ala., approximately 7 to 8 miles from the first sighting. More

2013-14 Recreational License Sales
Alabama hunting and fishing licenses expire each year on August 31. Hunters and anglers can purchase their recreational licenses online or at various outdoor equipment retailers in their communities. This service is offered to hunters who wish to prepare for the fall hunting seasons, which start as early as September 1. More 

New Stop on the North Alabama Birding Trail
The newest addition to the Northwest Loop of the North Alabama Birding Trail was unveiled recently, thanks to the generosity of Alabama State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow and his wife, Dr. Martha Morrow. The Morrows’ property, Cypress Cove Farm, near Red Bay, Ala., becomes stop No. 51 on the North Alabama Birding Trail. More

Report Your Harvest in 24 Hours with Game Check
New for the 2013–14 hunting season, all deer and turkey hunters will be required to report all deer and turkeys harvested in Alabama. After completion of the harvest record, hunters will then be required to report all deer and turkeys harvested within 24 hours of killing the deer or turkey via Game Check. More

Registration Now Open for Youth Dove Hunts
Although the hunts are free, pre-registration is necessary. The preferred method of registration is online at www.outdooralabama.com. Online registration began on August 16 for the September hunts and will begin September 20 for the October hunts. Participants without Internet access may register by calling their WFF district office listed in the hunt schedule. District office personnel will complete the electronic registration form for you over the phone. More

Hunters Asked to Report Dove Bands
The mourning dove is one of the most widely distributed and abundant birds in North America. It is the most popular game bird hunted in 38 of the lower 48 states. Alabama is one of 27 states participating in a national dove banding study.  More than 61,000 Alabama hunters have spent 238,000 man-days hunting doves, and hunters harvest more than 1.4 million mourning doves each year during Alabama’s mourning dove season. To date, 646 of the banded doves have been reported by hunters. Reporting information is in small print on each band. If a banded mourning dove is harvested, please call 1-800-327-BAND (2263) to report it. Most banded birds are reported online at www.pwrc.usgs.gov. Once at the site, select “Bird Banding Laboratory.” Hunters are not required to send in the band and may keep it as a souvenir. More
 
    
 
Purchase Your Licenses Online

Cheaha Gemstones
Cheaha State Park has a new attraction, the Pinhoti Mineral and Gem Mining Company.  Park visitors can now purchase bags of gemstone-rich soil and pan for geologic treasures in a specially designed water trough located behind the Indian Relic Museum at the park’s main entrance. More

New Option For
Hunter Education
In September 2013, there will be a new way to obtain you Alabama hunter education certification - an “All Online” option. More

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

State Fish Art Winners
First place winners in Wildlife Forever’s 15th Annual State-Fish Art Contest were celebrated during the organization’s annual awards ceremony and expo at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Ga., July 12-13. More

Creek Kids at Tannehill
Students in the fourth through eighth grades can experience streams and watersheds during hands-on field trips at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near Birmingham. The Creek Kids” program is available as a school field trip on Thursdays and Fridays in September and October and from April through June. 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 September 2013 E-Newsletter