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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Book a Trip to Sedgefields Lakes Plantation
Sedgefields Lakes Plantation in Union Springs bills itself as a “modern day hunter’s dream,” and it is a great Black Belt destination for quail and deer hunting as well as largemouth bass fishing and Eastern wild turkeys.
Plantation Manager Jason Hendershot welcomes visitors who want to enjoy such amenities as private baths for lodgers, wi-fi internet service and TV, meal service, guide service, game preparation, an activity room and meeting facilities, livery stables, kennels, a lighted rifle range and billiards. Hendershot and his staff are dedicated to providing true Southern hospitality, too.
Sedgefields Lakes Plantation also offers exotic hunting opportunities for red stag and fallow deer.
Free Fishing Day is June 11
Saturday, June 11, is Free Fishing Day in Alabama in most public waters. As a part of National Fishing and Boating Week (June 4-12), Free Fishing Day allows both residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for the day in both salt and fresh waters.
According to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the fishing license exemption on Free Fishing Day does not affect some lakes that may still require fees and permits. Fishing in a private pond requires the pond owner’s permission. Anglers can visit www.outdooralabama.com/where-fish-alabama to find a fishing spot nearest them or the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association website for a spot in the Black Belt. Continue reading
It’s all gravy at Piney Woods Lodge
Southwest of Eufaula in Barbour County and almost due east of Troy, Piney Woods Lodge is a top-notch outdoors destination – particularly for hunters, anglers and folks who love to eat (see their pheasant and tomato gravy recipe below). Owner Keith Wade says the hog hunting is spectacular at his place, which covers more than 3,000 acres. You can book a two-day hog hunt by visiting the Piney Woods website.
Piney Woods also offers deer, turkey, duck and quail hunting as well as continental pheasant shoots, not to mention some great bass, crappie, catfish and bream fishing. Check out the video courtesy of the Pursuit Channel’s “Southern Harvest” program and Global Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing.
BASS founder honored in Montgomery
Ray Scott, founder of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and board member of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association, was honored by the unveiling of a commemorative marker in Montgomery on Feb. 29. The sign at 513 Madison Avenue marks the birthplace for what would become the world’s largest sport-fishing organization. Under Scott’s leadership, BASS became much more than a fishing tournament organization, advocating for clean water, boating safety and the encouragement of children to become anglers.
“We have a real, believable fish story, an honest whopper here in Montgomery, Alabama, and want visitors to know about it,” said John McMillan, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. McMillan worked with the Alabama Department of Tourism to erect the new historical marker and attended the unveiling.