Thursday, July 28, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama bass fishing will once again take center stage when the top anglers from the Walmart FLW Tour converge on Huntsville and Wheeler Lake for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 4-7.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Chuck Sykes is on a quest. The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Director is touring the state to educate hunters about the Game Check program and how it can benefit both hunters and wildlife resources in the short term and for many years to come.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

After the success of a live weigh-in category at last year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR), rodeo officials will expand the category and lift restrictions for the 83rd rodeo, scheduled July 15-17 at the rodeo site on Dauphin Island.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Don’t be surprised if a sighting that occurred recently in Oxford, Ala., becomes more commonplace. A young, male black bear strolled through several neighborhoods in the Oxford area and created somewhat of a stir.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Tim String is a happy camper again. The speckled trout fishing in Mobile Bay and nearby estuaries has been excellent this spring and early summer, which means String’s boat is full of happy campers as well.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Most freshwater anglers know if you’re not getting hung up occasionally, you’re not fishing in the right spot. Species like bass and crappie are most often found around structure of some sort.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

If there’s one thing that will pique my interest without hesitation, it is Alabama’s fresh seafood.

Hence, I didn’t hesitate when invited to the Alabama Seafood Summit and accompanying Alabama Seafood Cook-Off at The Wharf in Orange Beach last week.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Any angler who fished Lake Eufaula during a down cycle in late 2010 and early 2011 will be glad to know the 46,000-acre impoundment on the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama has rebounded to its former glory.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

From a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk atop Alabama’s highest mountain at Cheaha State Park to heart-pumping hikes on one of the 52 miles of trails in Oak Mountain

Thursday, May 12, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Sometimes they’re teased as squirrel cops and deer detectives. Fact is, most people don’t have a clue as to daily duties performed by an Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officer (CEO).

Thursday, May 5, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The 2016 spring season may have ended Saturday with a bang or with a whimper for Alabama’s turkey hunters. For some, it was the spring of hope. For others, it was the spring of despair.

“It just depends on who you talk to,” said Chuck Sykes, Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. “Some people are griping and complaining. Some said it was the wors

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama has an extremely valuable resource in waters off our state’s coastline. It combines great fisheries with manmade structures to create the nation’s premier reef fish destination.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

From its grand entranceway and majestic main hall to the Discovery Hall’s beehive and bat cave, the Alabama Wildlife Federation’s NaturePlex complex opens our connection to Alabama’s phenomenal outdoors experience.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama hunters could be in store for the longest white-tailed deer season in history if one stipulation becomes a reality.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The bust was supposed to involve hunting deer over bait and hunting at night. During the investigation, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ enforcement personnel discovered another significant violation that could occur anywhere in the state. Of the nine people checked during the investigation in Montgomery County, only one had a valid hunting license.

Kevin Dodd, Enforcement Chief with Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF), said a complaint from adjacent landowners was initially investigated in December 2015, by

Thursday, March 17, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Emily Vanderford is like many Alabamians. She had only a limited knowledge of the Alabama State Parks System, so she decided to do something about it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

If the weather forecast is anywhere close to accurate, the start of the 2016 turkey season may be déjà vu all over again. Last year, weather was not the turkey hunter’s friend, especially those who were limited to hunting on weekends.

With the special youth turkey hunting weekend on the horizon, it looks like rainy weather will affect how hunters will approach the opener.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Boy, did I go on a fantastic squirrel hunt last weekend in the Grampian Hills outside Camden, Ala. Our hunting party bagged a grand total of two squirrels.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board has a great deal to ponder after the board’s first meeting of the year, held recently in Montgomery.

Before the board convenes again on March 26 at a venue to be determined, there will be several options to consider concerning the hunting seasons and bag limits.

A presentation by Chuck Sykes, Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division, provided the board with recommendations on season dates and bag limits.

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