Thursday, December 15, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

When is the best time for hunters to harvest does in Alabama? According to Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes, the answer is simple: When you have the opportunity.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Alabama waterfowl hunters who ventured out on opening weekend will probably have to expand their territory after several recent rain events have changed the amount of water currently available to the ducks.

“Earlier in the year we were in an extreme drought situation throughout Alabama, especially northeast Alabama,” said Seth Maddox, Waterfowl Coordinator with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. “We had a pretty good number of waterfowl here for the youth hunt and the start of the season.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Despite a combined effort to loosen regulations on removal and to increase awareness of the problem, the feral hog population has now reached all 67 counties in Alabama.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

If oyster dressing was on the Thanksgiving menu, the likelihood is the cook had to look for oysters at other than traditional outlets.

Since the oyster season opened on November 1 in Alabama coastal waters, production has been unusually low. Thank goodness, the oyster aquaculture industry in the state has been able to take up some of the shortfall but certainly not all.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Most fundraisers and similar activities that require significant public participation may enjoy several years of success and great turnouts. Most, however, tend to fade significantly after a decade or so.

The Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) Wild Game Cook-Off series is the exception to the rule.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

The dirt clod I picked up last weekend at the hunting camp in Choctaw County crumbled into a cascade of sand and dust with just slight pressure from my thumb.

Hunters and landowners who have been trying to put seeds in the ground in hopes that this extended dry period will finally end find themselves and their equipment caked in dust after the fields are planted. The few sprinkles that moved through the state this week aren’t going to alleviate the lack of moisture.

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 27, 2016

By DAVID RAINER

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

This has been a particularly productive year for anglers who target redfish along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the Alabama Marine Resources Division is doing its best to ensure it stays that way.

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.

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