Hunters in the Black Belt are justifiably proud of their dogs, those that work the fields and woods with them. With these great dogs in mind, the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is sponsoring another online photo contest — “Best Dogs of the Black Belt” — with the goal of putting the spotlight on the great dog hunting opportunities available in the region.

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With other areas of Alabama enjoying an economic boon in manufacturing and industry, one well-known area of the state has discovered its treasure lies in its fertile soil and natural resources.

Despite his partner being out sick, Benjamin Russell’s Jackson Kelly didn’t let that stop him last week on Lake Eufaula. He absolutely dominated the field, bagging six fish weighing in at 14.14 pounds to take the top spot in the Wildcats’ final fall tournament.

For more than five years, Braden Jones has been hunting with Outdoor Friends Forever at Hardy Farms in Coosa County and for the past two years, Jones has been eying a particular buck. 

Hunters and anglers visiting the 23 counties in the Alabama Black Belt had an economic impact of $1.1 billion on the region in 2018, according to a study by Southeast Research of Montgomery released at a press conference Wednesday.

Benjamin Russell returned to the friendly confines of Lake Martin on Saturday in the third tournament of the Three River Throwdown, and the Wildcats used their home lake to their advantage. BRHS took four of the top-10 positions to dominate the competition and win the team title at this week…

With archery season underway and the opening day of the gun deer season on the horizon, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division is traveling the state to give hunters and the general public updates on chronic wasting disease (CWD) that affects members of the deer family.

It was a cold, windy and somewhat dreary day for fishing last Saturday but that didn’t stop the local high school teams from taking to Lake Jordan for the second tournament of the Three River Throwdown.

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Rickie Knight fishes a lot – in tournaments all over the country and for fun near home in Alabama’s Black Belt. One particular fishing/camping trip near his home in Selma paid off with some big smiles and a win in the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Best Black Belt Fish Photo Conte…

The sixth annual Angling for Autism bass fishing tournament to benefit The Learning Tree in Tallassee and the Little HAPIE Tree in Auburn is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9. The tournament will take place at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City on Lake Martin.

Mandy Stone worked hard as a paramedic in Roanoke, which often required a weekend away to decompress. Stone was on one of those getaways when her life changed forever.

Learning to hunt may seem out of reach for those who didn’t grow up with hunting as part of their family tradition. For those individuals, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) created an Adult Mentored Hunting Program (AMH) to teach about consumptive outdoor recrea…

Want a beautiful piece of wildlife or nature art that you can carry with you wherever you go? Plus, you get a heck of a deal. You can get that piece of art for just $5 when you take advantage of Alabama’s new hard-card licenses that went on sale this week for the 2019-2020 hunting and fishin…

The Alexander City Shooting Club will host its monthly “Golf Ball” rimfire rifle matches on Sunday at its shooting range which is located off Coley Creek Road approximately ¼ mile south of Barrett Road. 

One of my favorite things about my job is getting to do things I normally wouldn’t do and learn things I often know nothing about. So when Lake magazine editor Betsy Iler asked me to take an Aqua Stand Up class for an article, I was eager to check it out.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) invites recreational shooters to take aim at select public shooting ranges during Alabama’s Free Range Days on Aug. 3, 10, and 17. During these events, license and shooting range permit requirements will be waived at the Ba…

After being forced to wait three weeks since the original scheduled date due to storms, the 2019 Outdoor Women Unlimited Southern Classic was held at Bennett’s Archery Center in Wetumpka on Saturday. The OWU had eight different classes set up across the campus for women to attend, providing …

After a ride through the significant chop caused an unusual June north wind, Capt. Bobby Abruscato pulled back on the throttle and idled to one of his favorite fishing spots in Grand Bay, west of Dauphin Island.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will open online registration for the state’s 14th annual regulated alligator hunts 8 a.m. Tuesday. Registration must be completed by 8 a.m. July 10.

The cast was about 2 inches too long, and the topwater fly plopped down gently on a chunk of flat rock underneath the blooming mountain laurels on the Tallapoosa River north of Lake Martin.

National Fishing and Boating Week celebrates two of America’s favorite outdoor activities by highlighting some of the many fishing and boating opportunities available across the country during the first full week of June each year.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (MRD) reminds private vessel anglers Alabama state waters and federal waters will open for red snapper fishing Saturday, June 1. The season will consist of weekends friday through Sunday from June 1 to Ju…

Hunters in Alabama can now hunt white-tailed deer (when in season) and feral pigs with the aid of bait on privately owned or leased lands if they have purchased and are in possession of an annual bait privilege license issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (A…

One turkey hunter was extremely grateful the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Law Enforcement Section has a K9 unit, although there is little public awareness of this enforcement asset.

Jeremy Miller and Mark Dandridge weighed in a five-fish bag of 19.44 pounds Saturday to easily win the sixth annual Jim Landers Memorial Fishing Tournament at Wind Creek Marina.

The seventh annual Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Buck Photo Contest drew more than 8,800 votes this year, with Brolen Hornsby of Notasulga emerging as the winner.

With positive tests for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Tennessee and additional positives in Mississippi, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division has ramped up testing in north Alabama.

Alabama hunters harvested 144 alligators during the 2018 seasons with the heaviest weighing 700 pounds. A total of 260 tags were issued in the four hunting zones.

There’s no season like deer season, and this year hunters in Alabama have the potential to bring home more than just their wild game. The annual Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Buck Photo Contest is underway with a Wildgame WiFi Action Camera and SD card awaiting the winner.

Adventure apparently has no time constraints for cousins Will and John Denton, who decided to make the 650-mile journey along the Alabama Scenic River Trail recently after answering two questions.

Sweat trickled into my eyes as a mourning dove turned and came straight at me. Hidden in the sunflower stalks, I was undetected until it was too late. A shot at the approaching dove dropped it between rows.

As far as Leslie Welch is concerned, she was hooked at “Boom.” That report from the deer rifle happened a couple of years ago when she was among the lucky people who were selected to go on an Adult Mentored Hunt in Mobile County.

One thing you will never find is a bass angler who is happy with catching medium-sized fish. It is always bigger is better. That has been the strategy for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division for decades.

While the fanfare surrounding the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) proceeded nearby, Reid Nelson deftly made a series of surgeon’s knots to sew up an incision on the belly of a redfish that was a part of the live weigh-in category at the rodeo.