July 29, 2016 Newsletter

Book a Trip to Sedgefields Lakes Plantation

SEDGEFIELDS LAKES HORSESSedgefields 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.

Visit Sedgefields’ website or call 334-738-8802 or 570-856-2175 to reserve your spot today.

Youngster Wins First Best Fish Photo Contest

ellaOne thing we love the most about getting outdoors in Alabama’s Black Belt is the great family connections we have with fishing and hunting. This year, the ALBBAA launched its first Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest on Facebook, and the winner was 5-year-old Ella Jenkins of Destin, Fla. Ella hauled in a largemouth bass approaching 8 pounds at a lake in Crenshaw County while on a visit to the family cabin with her folks.

Her dad, Tyler, said the youngster was thrilled to learn she would be receiving the $100 worth of fishing tackle from Strikezone Lure Co. in Eufuala.

“I love to fish at the cabin in Alabama with my Daddy and Papa,” little Ella said. “I always catch the biggest bass.”

Thanks to Strikezone and all our Facebook friends who entered and participated in the contest. We love interacting with you and seeing your photos from the Black Belt.

Mandatory Game Check Program in Works

Alabama’s Conservation Advisory Board has announced that Game Check reporting will be mandatory starting with the 2016-17 hunting season. Because this is a change, the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries will be hosting seminars throughout the summer to educate Alabama hunters on the Game Check Harvesting System.

WFF Director Chuck Sykes hosts the seminars with a program overview and a question-and-answer session. Those who attend will be informed on how to check your game, why the data is important, what it means to you as a hunter, and changes to the upcoming hunting season.

Here is a list of Game Check seminars set in the Black Belt:

  • Tuscaloosa – Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa County Extension Office, Tuscaloosa County Courthouse Annex.
  • Butler – Aug. 4, 6-8 p.m. at the Choctaw County Courthouse.
  • Gallion – Aug. 9, 6-8 p.m. at the Shelton State Building at Demopolis Sportsplex.
  • Troy – Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m. at the Troy Parks and Recreation Center.
  • Camden – Aug. 29, 6-9 p.m., Auburn University Natural Resources Center.
  • Eufaula – Sept. 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

Check alapark.com for updates to the schedule.

Try This Recipe From Jim Casada Outdoors

Jim Casada, a prolific outdoors writer and author, is a good friend to the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association and his newsletter is a must-read. Jim calls this his favorite way to eat squash, so, we are sharing his great summertime recipe for stuffed squash.

Stuffed Squash

1 or 2 yellow crookneck squash or one small zucchini per person


Sharp cheddar cheese

Fried bacon bits

Cook squash in oven or microwave just long enough to get them done completely through. Remove and allow to cool before scooping out the small seeds and interior flesh. Mix the scooped material with crumbled cornbread, bacon bits and maybe a spoonful of grease from the fried bacon. Stuff the squash with the cornbread mix and top with cheddar cheese. Bake briefly in the oven until the cheese melts and maybe just begins to brown. Serve piping hot.

Enter Alabama World Champion Bow Hunter Contest

Applications are being accepted for the second Annual Alabama World Champion Bow Hunter competition in Union Springs at Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation. Chad Benzinger of Lakeville, Minn., will return to defend his 2016 title and try for as share of the total prize package valued at $12,000.

There will be two flights in the preliminaries with each flight made up of seven two-man teams. The first flight will arrive on Oct. 31, scout on Nov. 1 and hunt Nov. 2-4. The second flight will arrive on Nov. 5, scout on Nov. 6 and hunt Nov. 7-9.

The winning team from each flight will return in February to compete in the Superbow Championship finale for the title.

The entry fee, which includes lodging and all meals, is $3,000 per two-man team, and teams must submit a written application to participate. Application forms and complete rules will be sent upon request.

Contact Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation to obtain an application by calling 334-738-5066.

Alabama Wildlife Federation Awards Program Set

Eight of the annual Alabama Wildlife Federation’s 2016 AWF Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards to be presented at a formal banquet at 6 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Marriott Legends at Capitol Hill in Prattville have Alabama Black Belt connections. The awards are considered the most prestigious conservation honors in the state, promote leadership by example and, in turn, increase conservation of our natural resources – including wildlife, land, forests, water and air.

The Black Belt connections are Conservationist of the Year Dr. David Thrasher of Montgomery, Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Luis de Hechavarria of Orrville, Water Conservationist of the Year Dr. Pat O’Neil of Tuscaloosa, Air Conservationist of the Year Georgia-Pacific’s Naheola Mill in Choctaw County, Conservation Educator of the Year Doyle Keasal of Auburn, Conservation Communicator of the Year James “Big Daddy” Lawler of Camden, Legislative Conservationist of the Year Sen. Richard Shelby of Tuscaloosa and Judicial Conservationist of the Year Judge Jim Main of Montgomery.

For more information, visit alabamawildlife.org. For tickets – $40 each – contact AWF at 1-800-822-9453.

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