January 2017 Newsletter: Deadline Draws Near

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 photocontest@albbaa.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.)

Fins, Feathers & Flowers Is Feb. 24

Reserve your spot now for the Feb. 24-26 Fins, Feathers & Flowers weekend at Lakepoint State Park at Lake Eufaula. The weekend of fun and informative seminars is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/State Park Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge.

The price for the package that includes a Friday night social, Saturday night cookout, breakfast, lodging and field trips is $215 double occupancy and $169 single. Call 334-687-8011 to register or visit alapark.com/Lakepoint-state-park. Use group code 3711.

Check-in is Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with the group social running from 7-7:30.

Guided field trips include a pontoon boat tour, the Wiregrass Birding Trail Stop and the Eufaula Wildlife Refuge.

Good News in Flour-Making

We told you about the To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company in Union Springs in our October 2016 newsletter. Great news is out about the company. Owners Peggy and Jeff Sutton now employ 28 people in the Black Belt and a third expansion is in the works for this year. More jobs to come!

Gross sales, according to an article from the Union Springs Herald, for 2014 were $2.7 million and sales are projected to reach $20 million by 2019! The company has averaged 216 percent growth annually for eight years.

To Your Health Sprouted Flour Company is the world’s leader in sprouted organic grains and flours with customers ranging all the way around the globe to places such as Canada, London and Dubai. Learn more about the company at healthyflour.com.

Head Out to Hog Rush

Located about 20 miles southeast of Montgomery, you’ll find a true adventure in shooting and hunting as you experience Hog Rush – a nighttime hog eradication business that offers you an opportunity to help control the feral hog population in the Black Belt.

Hog Rush uses military-style AR15 rifles topped with thermal scopes and silencers. Farmers and land owners work with Rhett “Hoop” Hooper in his efforts to remove these porcine pests that are capable of destroying vast amounts of crops each night. Hog Rush also uses a custom drone with a thermal camera to help locate the hogs.

If you decide against taking the hog meat home, Hog Rush donates to churches, charities and families. “Hoop” says, in his experience, feral meat is “cleaner, does not contain growth hormones or chemicals, and has a better taste than its commercially raised counterpart. Properly prepared wild hog meat is a delicacy.”

For pricing options for your exciting hog hunt, call 334-430-8111 or email hoop@hogrush.com.

Share Your Views in Montgomery

The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will hold its first meeting of 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 11, in Montgomery at the State Capitol Auditorium, 600 Dexter Ave. The CAB meeting starts promptly at 9 a.m. and those wishing to address the board must register, which is open from 8-8:30 a.m.

The CAB assists in formulating policies for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, examines all rules and regulations and makes recommendations for changes or amendments to those rules – including hunting seasons and bag limits.

The board has 10 members appointed by the Governor for alternating terms of six years. Dr. Warren Strickland of Huntsville currently serves as chairman. Additional CAB members are Austin Ainsworth of Guntersville, Grady Hartzog of Eufaula, Patrick Cagle of Montgomery, T.J. Bunn of Tuscaloosa, Raymond Jones Jr. of Huntsville, Jeff Martin of Pell City, Joseph Dobbs Jr. of Bessemer, Gary Wolfe of Fairhope, and Ben C. Stimpson Jr. of Mobile.

The three ex-officio CAB members include Gov. Robert Bentley, Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Director Dr. Gary Lemme. ADCNR Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. serves as ex-officio secretary.

Attendees with printed material they wish to share with the board should bring 16 copies of the material for distribution. Visitors should use the entrance behind the Capitol on North Union Street. If Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations are needed, please contact Betsy Jones at 334-242-3486 or dcnr.commissioner@dcnr.alabama.gov. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least seven days before the meeting.

Clothe-A-Child in Bullock County

The Wild Hoggs Classic Car Club is sponsoring a car show in Union Springs with the proceeds to benefit the Bullock County Department of Human Resources on Saturday, March 4 (rain date, March 11). Admission is free to the public for the show, which is set to run from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Car/truck pre-registration is $20 before Feb. 3 and $25 afterwards. Registration will include lunch.

The line-up begins at 10:30 a.m. March 4 at the Richard Stone Armory Complex, located at 21578 Highway 82 East.

Call 334-850-2715, 334-850-0416 or 334-695-3896 for more information.

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<p>Counties included are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox. Counties included are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox.

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