Thursday, November 3, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama voters will have the opportunity on November 8 to vote on Amendment 2 and determine what happens to the funding of the Alabama State Parks System.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

For those who don’t live near the Alabama Gulf Coast, you might not be aware that Gov. Robert Bentley declared a Lionfish Awareness Day recently.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Deer hunters who travel out of state to pursue deer, elk and moose as well as bowhunters in Alabama need to be aware of changes in regulations regarding those activities.

Bowhunters will find relaxed regulations, while hunters who harvest deer and other affected cervids in states with confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) will be under strict regulations on the importation of deer carcasses.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Another artificial reef was deployed off the Alabama Gulf Coast this week in Alabama’s vast artificial reef zone. While a reef deployment may not seem like news, this was indeed special because it could change the way industrial and corporate entities view options for

Thursday, September 22, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The Alabama hunting seasons for 2016-2017 are significantly different from the past, with changes in the season dates for several popular species and the adoption of the mandatory reporting of deer and turkey harvests through the Game Check system.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Now that the bulk of the 2016 alligator season is in the books, one hunter and his crew got to experience the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory during one harrowing season in the Southwest Alabama zone.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

By DAVID RAINER
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Since the lifetime hunting and fishing licenses became available in Alabama several decades ago, more than 80,000 people have taken advantage of this opportunity.

It wasn’t until the Game Check harvest reporting system was implemented three years ago that a problem with the lifetime licenses surfaced. It seems a large number of duplicate numbers are among those 80,000 lifetime licenses. This causes a major problem when the holders try to use Game Check, which will be mandatory for the upcoming hunting seasons.

Friday, August 19, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Thursday, August 11, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

While reviewing the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards late last year, the AWF Board and Tim Gothard, AWF’s Executive Director, realized there was a gap in the awards coverage.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The old axiom that patience is a virtue is especially true for those who applied for an alligator tag for Alabama’s upcoming season.

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

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