Celebrate National Hunting & Fishing Day
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is proud to play host to a press conference on Sept. 19 in advance of Saturday, Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day. NHFD celebrates the efforts of those who hunt and fish and through their purchase of licenses pay for most fish and wildlife conservation programs.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Chuck Sykes will be joined at the event by Bee Frederick, ALBBAA Advisory Council member and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Southeastern States Director and William Crawford, Director of the University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars Program.
“We’re honored to play a role in National Hunting and Fishing Day,” said ALBBAA Project Director Pam Swanner. “Because the Black Belt region is such a wonderful hunting and fishing destination, it’s appropriate that we are helping put a spotlight on encouraging more people to take part in outdoors recreation.”
The press conference will be at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club (watch for more details on our Facebook page).
Watch for new ALBBAA videos
Keep your eyes out for new TV commercials from the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association featuring legendary outdoorsmen Ray Scott and Jackie Bushman airing on Raycom Media networks across the nation and online. Thanks to Dr. David Bronner these new spots, promoting outdoor recreation in Alabama’s Black Belt region, will air on 58 stations in 18 states.
Find the perfect Father’s Day gift
Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? We know where you can find it – in Alabama’s Black Belt. For the dad who has everything, pick out a one-of-a-kind hunting trip for this fall or winter provided by one of the great outfitters and lodges in the Black Belt. They offer all-inclusive services including lodging, meals, guide service and game prep. All you have to do is create lasting memories with dad. Many public hunting grounds are available in the region, as well. You can find info on all the above at this link on our website. Continue reading
Pickens County teen wins Big Gobbler Contest
Kacy Noland, an 18-year-old senior at Pickens Academy in Carrollton, is this season’s winner in the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Gobbler Photo Contest. The photo of Kacy’s big bird, taken on family property in Pickens County on March 25, received the most “likes” on the ALBBAA Facebook page and earned her a framed mount from Will Foster’s Taxidermy in Montgomery, valued at $150.
Kacy said she’d never forget the hunt with her father, Barrett, that produced the winning entry because it was the last turkey hunt for her for a while. During next year’s turkey season, the softball standout at Pickens Academy will be playing collegiately at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The prize-winning photo came from Kacy’s only turkey hunt all year, as well.
Hunting in the Black Belt is a family affair, Barrett Noland said. All three of his children – Kacy, 15-year-old Clark and 10-year-old Lizzie – join him on hunting trips. All three have bagged deer and the two older children have harvested turkeys, too. Clark called up a turkey on his own for the first time this year.
Make plans to bag a turkey next season in Alabama’s Black Belt! Continue reading
Outdoor Series Brings Millennials to Black Belt
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is always looking for new, innovative ways to promote the region’s spectacular beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. A new ALBBAA Outdoor Series is now under way. Three members of our Advisory Council, made up of millennials with connections to the Black Belt, have hosted people from their peer group for two special events in the region. Continue reading
Troy Teen Wins Big Buck Photo Contest
Congratulations to 15-year-old Graci Williams of Troy, this year’s Big Buck Photo Contest winner! The Charles Henderson High School student bagged a 9-point buck on family property in Pike County. The buck was the largest taken on the land all season.
Graci wins a $100 gift card from Bass Pro Shops as the winner of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s fifth annual Big Buck Photo Contest. This season’s contest drew 33 entries from 14 of the 23 Black Belt counties and a total of more than 2,000 votes.
The winning deer was the second buck and fourth deer that Graci has harvested, according to her father, D.J. Williams. He was accompanying his daughter on the hunt. “When she pulled the trigger, it fell like a sack of bricks,” he said. “I don’t think in over 25 years of hunting I’ve ever shot one myself that fell so fast.”
Graci, who spends a lot of time playing travel, recreation and high school softball, called taking the 9-point buck an unforgettable experience. Continue reading
Get Your Big Buck Entries In!
Deer season ends Feb. 10, but the deadline for our annual Big Buck Photo Contest for the 2016-17 season is a week later on Feb. 17. Be sure to send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win the $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
We already have some really big bucks in the running for the title this year, but yours could be the winner. The prize goes to the entry that has the most Facebook “likes” on our page – Facebook.com/AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.
So, send a photo of your deer taken this season in one of our 23 Black Belt counties and see if it’s the winner. (The Black Belt counties are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.) Continue reading
Big Buck Photo Contest Is Back!
Deer season is in full swing and so is our annual Big Buck Photo Contest. Send us your photo of your legally taken deer from one of the 23 Alabama Black Belt counties during the 2016-17 season and you may win our big prize – a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Entries are accepted only via email to email@example.com. The photos will be uploaded to our Facebook page and the winner will be determined by the number of “likes” it receives. With your entry, please include the name of the hunter and the county where the buck was taken. Winners of the contest from the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons are not eligible. Deadline for entry is Feb. 17, 2017. Continue reading
Soggy Bottom Lodge Offers Full Experience
Looking for a great Alabama Black Belt lodge that offers several ways to enjoy your time in the outdoors? Check out Soggy Bottom Lodge just south of Linden, where you’ll find big bucks, duck blinds, lots of wild turkeys and largemouth bass just waiting to scoop up a tasty-looking lure.
Soggy Bottom Lodge, an Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association partner, sleeps up to 20 and features an outdoor kitchen, eight big-screen TVs and a full inside kitchen that can be stocked to suit your group (or you can have meals catered). There’s a trophy bass lake with tackle available. Polaris Rangers are available for use during your stay. Also, shooters can reserve some time at the skeet range that features a five-stand course. Shooters are challenged with targets flying in at different angles, directions and speeds. Continue reading
If you know a student who has a passion for the outdoors and a desire for a college degree from a great school, check out the University of Montevallo’s President’s Outdoor Scholars Program. This program – the only one in the nation like it – provides scholarships to students who have a passion for wildlife and conservation. Students can earn their degree while taking an active role in preserving our state’s natural resources and learning through outdoor classroom experiences. Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is proud to be a partner in this unique effort.