Newsletter: More Bowhunting Acreage Available in Black Belt

More Bowhunting Acreage Available

The 1,500-acre East Zone addition to the Forever Wild Land Trust’s Old Cahawba Prairie Tract in Dallas County is now available for bowhunting each Thursday through Sunday until Feb. 10, 2018. No gun deer hunting will be allowed, but bow and arrow, crossbow and spear hunting is allowed.

Gun deer hunting is permitted on the tract’s West Zone, but it is limited to shotgun with slugs or muzzleloader. Bowhunting is also allowed within the West Zone.

When in season, other hunting opportunities on the Old Cahawba Prairie Tract include feral swine, waterfowl and Eastern wild turkey. 

Directions to the Old Cahawba Prairie Tract, East Zone: From Selma take AL-22 West, approximately 4.2 miles to Dallas County Road 46. Turn left on County Road 46 and travel approximately 1 mile. Continue on Dallas County Road 155 for 1.7 miles to the property on the right.

Hunters must have a valid hunting license and a permit map and follow all regulations, seasons and bag limits for the county in which the tract is located. Permit maps are free and may be downloaded at www.foreverwild.com/hunting-regs-permit-maps.

Send Us Your Big Buck Photos

Now that deer season is in full swing, don’t forget to send your big buck photos to us for a chance to win our Big Buck Photo Contest on Facebook. Any deer taken during the 2017-18 season in one of the 23 Alabama Black Belt counties is eligible.

The winner, determined by the most “likes” for the photo, will get a lifetime Alabama Wildlife Heritage license. The license allows the holder to hunt all small game (except waterfowl) on any of Alabama’s 35 Wildlife Management Areas and Community Hunting Areas (free WMA permit is required); shoot at any of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ 13 public shooting ranges or archery parks; fish at any of the 20 state-owned public fishing lakes (daily permit required); and freshwater fish with a hook-and-line from the bank in public waters in all 67 counties.

To enter, send your photo to photocontest@albbaa.org before the Feb. 14 deadline. Photos uploaded to Facebook are NOT eligible. Include the name of the hunter, where and when the deer was taken with the entry.

Tips for Winter Care of Hunting Dogs

The folks at Great Days Outdoors offered some timely tips for making sure your hunting dogs are taken care of during the winter months. Even in Alabama, you hunters know, it can get frosty out there.

Among the tips, Great Days Outdoors says to make sure you don’t leave your dogs outdoors for extended period without providing a heated area/shelter they can access. Some breeds are meant to withstand the cold, but most want a warm escape from the elements. Heated dog boxes are ideal.

Read the entire article here.

Winning Venison Recipe

Montgomery’s Palomar Insurance Company cook team won the Alabama Wildlife Federation Wild Game Cook-Off Best Overall award and 1st place in the venison category last April and team leader Todd Johnson is sharing the winning recipe with us. Johnson is joined on the team by Robert Adair, Thomas Adair and Bruce Garrett, along with their helpers – their wives, Beth Johnson, Nikki Adair and Katy Adair. Here’s the recipe:

PALOMAR INSURANCE CORPORATION ITALIAN VENISON MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground venison

1 egg, beaten

1 onion, finely chopped (divided)

1-2 cloves of garlic (to taste), finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 cup of plain Pepperidge Farm Bread Crumbs

1 cup Mozzarella, shredded and divided

1 cup of Parmesan, shredded and divided

1 box of Puff Pastry

Roughly chopped Parsley for garnish

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ground venison with egg, half of the onion, garlic, half of the mozzarella, half of the parmesan.  Add enough bread crumbs to hold meat mixture together and form into 2-inch balls.

Bake until almost done, about 10 minutes or until just a little pink still visible.  Cool meatballs.

While meatballs are baking, sauté remaining onion and bell pepper.

Cut each sheet of puff pastry into 4 squares.  Place a meatball in center, add onion mixture around meatball, close pastry.  Bake on a sheet pan at 350 degrees until pastry lightly browned.

Top each meatball pastry with marinara sauce of choice, garnish with parsley and additional parmesan.

12 Days of Black Belt Christmas

There’s no reason to leave the Black Belt to fill your Christmas list this year – or any year, really. We’ve put together a list of 12 great gifts you can get from the Black Belt and there are dozens and dozens more we could have included.

For example, everybody knows the holidays are about sharing and what’s better 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.

Read about all 12 ideas here.

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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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