December 4, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Big Buck Photo Contest Prize Package Boosted to More Than $3,000
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Deer hunters, head to Alabama’s Black Belt region to find a trophy buck – and you may also land a big payoff from the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Buck Photo Contest. Several Alabama businesses have donated new prizes to boost the total value for the winner to more than $3,000.
“The generosity of so many has provided the greatest Big Buck Photo Contest prize package we’ve ever had throughout its six-year history. We are thankful for their support of our efforts to brand the region an outdoor destination,” said Pam Swanner, ALBBAA Project Director. “It’s this type of partnership, from those who work every day to boost the Black Belt’s economy, that will help draw attention to the great opportunities for hunters in the Black Belt.”
The new prize package for the contest, which started with the opening of bow season in October and runs until February 14, 2018, a week after this season’s close:
- An Alabama Hog Control Thermal Hog Hunt for three, valued at $1,800. alabamahogcontrol.com
- A Winchester XPR 270-caliber rifle from Central Alabama Farmers Cooperative in Selma, valued at $550. Facebook.com/centralfarmerscoop
- A $300 cash donation from The Management Advantage in Helena. themanagementadvantage.com
- An American Hunter 200-pound Tri-Pod Feeder, valued at $129, plus a $50 gift card from Rountree Outdoors in Selma. rountreeoutdoors.com
- A $250 cash donation from the Southeastern Land Group. selandgroup.com
Also, the winner – determined by the photo that receives the most “likes” on the ALBBAA Facebook page (Facebook.com/alabamablackbeltadventures) – will receive a Lifetime Alabama Wildlife Heritage License, valued at more than $200.
To be eligible, the deer must be taken in the Black Belt during the 2017-2018 season and the photo must be emailed to email@example.com. Photos uploaded to Facebook are not eligible and Big Buck Photo Contest winners from 2015-16 and 2016-17 are ineligible this year. Please include the name of the hunter and the county where the deer was taken with the email.
The Black Belt includes the following counties: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens. For information, go to www.alabamablackbeltadventures.org.
December 1, 2017
Contact: WFF Wildlife Section, 334-242-3469
NWTF Donates More Than $157,000 for Wildlife Management
The Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently allocated $157,555 in Hunting Heritage Super Funds and Tag Funds for wild turkey projects in Alabama. Of that total, $81,193 was donated to the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) to fund projects including wildlife habitat management and the publication of the annual wild turkey report, Full Fans & Sharp Spurs.
Approximately $76,000 was approved for other projects statewide including funding to improve wild turkey habitat on public lands as well as to help launch outdoor education programs in schools. This funding supports the enhancement of turkey habitat, increases access opportunities, funds educational programs and is an excellent fit for the NWTF “Save the Habitat, Save the Hunt” initiative.
Most of the WFF dollars will be used on Wildlife Management Areas throughout the state to support habitat management and other wild turkey programs.
“About $63,000 of this generous donation offers us access to federal matching dollars, which makes the donation go even further,” said Chuck Sykes, WFF Director. “Since federal matching dollars play such a major role in how our division is funded, contributions like this are extremely important.”
WFF is primarily funded by money generated through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. That money is then matched nearly three to one by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. WFF does not receive an appropriation from the state’s General Fund.
“I thank NWTF and the Alabama Chapter Board of Directors for helping to support our efforts in Alabama,” Sykes said.
Some of the grant money will also be used to purchase much-needed wildlife habitat management equipment. In addition to the monetary donation, the Alabama NWTF chapter provides financial support for prescribed burning projects that help restore longleaf pine habitat, the Archery in the Schools State Championship (an annual event for school students across the state), and the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, which introduces women to a wide variety of outdoor activities.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
Alabama Black Belt Adventures Offers 12 Great Christmas Gift Ideas
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and end on January 5, but instead of being traditional, let’s use a dozen days to find a dozen ways to make any outdoors person happy with a gift from Alabama’s Black Belt.
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association offers these 12 suggestions for your Christmas list.
“Shopping in the Black Belt is a great way to get unique gifts for hunters, anglers and everyone who enjoys time outdoors,” said Pam Swanner, executive director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “There are also so many places in the Black Belt that offer wonderful edible treats that make perfect gifts. These suggestions are just a few from local businesses that help keep the Black Belt economy going.”
1. The holidays are about sharing and what’s better than to share than some tasty popcorn and candy? The Auburn Popcorn Co. (106 N. College Street, Auburn, 334-329-7700) opened in the spring, but the newcomer to town is a perfect spot to grab a snack and to purchase a great stocking-stuffer. www.facebook.com/theauburnpopcorncompany
2. Head to Camden to Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (209 Claiborne Street, Camden, 334-682-9878) for any number of folk art surprises. The Alabama Cotton Ornament is a treasure, for sure, and a bargain at just $12! www.Blackbelttreasures.com/Alabama-cotton-ornament.aspx
3. When in Eufaula, you have to visit Superior Pecans (117 East Broad Street, Eufaula, 334-687-2031) where you can find all kinds of nutty goodness – and Rooster Brand Coffee! Superior Pecans offers gift cards and can meet your corporate gift-giving needs, too. While you’re there, don’t miss the Eufaula Ice Cream and Shakes department. www.superiorpecans.com
4. History enthusiasts would love to have a membership at Selma’s National Voting Rights Museum and Institute (6 U.S. Highway 80 East, Selma, 334-526-4340), located in the city’s historic district at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. The mission of the museum and institute is to collect, exhibit, interpret and document images and artifacts related to the history of Selma, the Voting Rights struggle, voting rights in America and the Civil Rights Movement. Click Here to Find Out More!
5. Purchase a beautiful bowl – and watch it being made, if you want a custom piece – at Pottery By Williams (173 N. Mount Pleasant, Monroeville, 251-282-0844). Sam Williams, a second-generation potter, doesn’t keep regular business hours. As he says on his website, “If Sam’s truck is there, he is open,” but you can call for an appointment. His wares are also on display at Black Belt Treasures in Camden. www.potterybywilliams.com.
6. One of the most famous Black Belt products has to be Conecuh Sausage (200 Industrial Park, Evergreen, 800-726-0507). Conecuh hickory smoked products began back in 1947 and they are available in stores all over the state – and beyond. You can also go online and get a gift box! Get some sausage!
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association
Big Buck Photo Contest Opens
Along with Alabama Deer Season
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – 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 with the Big Buck Photo Contest.
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is hosting its sixth Big Buck Photo Contest for deer hunters in Alabama’s Black Belt region. “We are incredibly honored to sponsor such a fun contest again this year,” said Pam Swanner, executive director of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. “We love seeing people who are encouraged to venture outdoors for hunting – especially those who may not have hunted in the Black Belt before. We usually get a lot of entries from young people on our Facebook page and it’s exciting to see our great hunting tradition being carried forward and passed down from generation to generation.”
13-year-old Hauled in Massive Bass in Wilcox County
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — This summer Will McGraw, a 13-year-old from Camden, hooked a big bass — twice. The photo his father took of the beast when the eighth-grader at Wilcox Academy finally landed it has won the 2017 Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest. Continue reading
Fans of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Facebook page will select the winner of this summer’s Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest. The angler with the photo that receives the most “likes” will win a free night at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula. Continue reading
Youngster Reels in the Best Black Belt Fish Contest: 5-Year-Old Shows Off Big Bass to Win
Ella Jenkins is just 5 years old, but her fishing prowess has already paid off as she won the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s inaugural Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest. Ella showed off a big bass she caught in Crenshaw County and Facebook fans voted her photo the best of all. Continue reading
Catch a Fish, Take a Photo, Win a Prize: Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest Underway
Bass, crappie, catfish or bream, the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association wants to see the best fish caught in the region – and give a prize to the angler who submits the best photo. Continue reading
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Gobbler Photo Contest is nearing the halfway point as the entry deadline is May 6. Since the opening day of the spring turkey season in Alabama on March 15, hunters have been looking to bag that big bird and send a photo to ALBBAA for entry in the contest.
The winner of this year’s contest will receive prizes valued at more than $200, including Carry-Lite Decoys, a Knight and Hale turkey box call and a Coleman Outdoor Gear Hauler.
The contest is open to hunters age 12 and older whose photo shows a turkey taken in one of the 23 Black Belt counties in Alabama during the spring 2016 season. Entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 6. The photo that receives the most “likes” on the ALBBAA Facebook page will be the winner. The winner will be announced the week of May 9. Check out some entries thus far at facebook.com/AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.
Entries should include the name of the hunter and where the turkey was taken. Stories of exciting moments from the hunt are welcome, too!
The 23 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.
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Gobbler Photo Contest on Facebook is open to hunters, age 12 and older, whose photo shows a turkey taken in one of the 23 counties in the Black Belt during the spring 2016 season. Last year’s winner is not eligible.
Entries MUST be emailed to email@example.com to be considered and NOT uploaded/shared directly to Facebook.
Photos will be posted by ALBBAA staff as soon as possible after they are received and the photo that receives the most “likes” will be the winner. Entries will be accepted from March 15 through May 6. The winner will be announced the week of May 9, 2016. Please include the name of the hunter along with when and where the turkey was taken. We would love for you to share a little about the exciting moments from the hunt that produced your big gobbler, too. A contact phone number is also appreciated.
The winner will receive Carry-Lite Decoys, a Knight and Hale box turkey call, a Coleman Outdoor Gear Hauler and assorted fishing lures with a total value of approximately $200.
Entry grants ALBBAA permission to use the photo for publicity purposes.