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With the close of another turkey season, Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association announced Jake Hornsby, 14, of Reeltown, was the winner of the Big Gobbler Photo Contest for 2020.

For several weeks, many locals have been without a place to even safely take a walk as the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex has been closed. But Monday, the decision was made to reopen at least partially.

Campers at Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults (ASCCA) Easterseals consider the getaway home away from home and this year will have to embrace those memories virtually as summer camps have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Because the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex is almost all open air, it seems like it would be a good place for small groups and families to get some fresh air in a safe place while still practicing social distancing.

A new fishing tournament opens today and anyone can win. Crank for Bank, hosted by OGS Tournaments, will award a new truck, a new bass boat or a cash prize of $1,000 for each of 102 tagged bass caught by a registered angler between now and July 4, according to OGS co-owner Vivian Autry.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has forced the closure of schools, businesses, events and any other nonessential gatherings of people across the world. For many people, being off work or out of school means an opportunity to go bass fishing. 

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With so many people looking for something to do but do safely during the coronavirus outbreak, local golf courses are taking extra precautions to provide an outlet for residents.

While Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris, chair of the governor’s COVID-19 task force, work hard alongside other state, national and private enterprise leaders to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus and bring its spread to a conclusion, it is important people maintain the social di…

After fishing at FLW’s top pro-level circuit for 11 years and competing in his 76th career event, pro Jason Abram of Piney Flats, Tennessee, finally got it done. Abram earned his first career victory in a dramatic finale Saturday at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin after bring…

Jason Abram, of Piney Flats, Tennessee, caught five bass weighing 17 pounds, 10 ounces Thursday to take control of the leaderboard after the second day of the Fishing League Worldwide Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on Lake Martin. Abram’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 29 pounds gives him a…

There have been plenty of moments during my lifetime that have made me fall in love with the sports world. From the final play of winning a championship to the heartfelt moments seen at the smallest venues around the world, sports provide experiences to athletes and spectators that will last…

A field of bass fishing professionals from around the world began their four-day competition for a top award of up to $135,000 at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin on Wednesday in Alexander City.

The Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event at Lake Martin has been shifted and will now begin competition today, according to a release from FLW on Tuesday. The event, which is hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, was originally scheduled…

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 th…

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.

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.