September 2017 newsletter
Celebrate National Hunting & Fishing Day
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is proud to play host to a press conference on Sept. 19 in advance of Saturday, Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day. NHFD celebrates the efforts of those who hunt and fish and through their purchase of licenses pay for most fish and wildlife conservation programs.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Chuck Sykes will be joined at the event by Bee Frederick, ALBBAA Advisory Council member and Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Southeastern States Director and William Crawford, Director of the University of Montevallo President’s Outdoor Scholars Program.
“We’re honored to play a role in National Hunting and Fishing Day,” said ALBBAA Project Director Pam Swanner. “Because the Black Belt region is such a wonderful hunting and fishing destination, it’s appropriate that we are helping put a spotlight on encouraging more people to take part in outdoors recreation.”
The press conference will be at the Lower Wetumpka Shotgun Sports Club (watch for more details on our Facebook page).
Camden teen wins Best Fish Photo Contest
Camden 13-year-old Will McGraw landed a lunker bass at a private lake in Wilcox County this summer and the resulting photograph landed the most votes in the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest. Will and his family will enjoy the big prize – a weekend stay at Lakepoint Resort State Park on Lake Eufaula.
“Thanks to our friends at Lakepoint and the Alabama State Parks System for donating our prize this year and thanks to everyone who participated,” said ALBBAA Project Director Pam Swanner. “We had more than 1,200 people to vote in the contest and had entries from nine of our 23 Black Belt counties.
“We’re happy to be able to spotlight the great fishing in the Black Belt region through contests and our other outreach on Facebook.”
Will had actually hooked the 26-inch bass (which he released and didn’t weigh) two weeks before he landed it, but the big fish broke the line just before he got it to the boat. The second time was the charm. Will was using a NetBait 11-inch Junebug worm.
Will is an eighth-grader at Wilcox Academy and, coincidentally, three other of the entrants attend the school in Camden.
Hunting season is upon us
As you know, autumn is approaching and hunting season will be here soon. Hunting licenses expired on Aug. 31 and dove hunting season began over the weekend, so make sure you have a valid license before you hit the fields. Visit our website to buy a license.
Check out these links to find all the hunting season dates, but here are some of those on the immediate horizon:
- Mourning and white-winged dove: Sept. 9-Oct. 29 and Dec. 8, 2017, through Jan. 15, 2018 (North Zone); Sept. 16-24 and Nov. 18, 2017, through Jan. 15, 2018 (South Zone).
- Rabbit and squirrel: Sept. 16, 2017, through March 4, 2018.
- Rail and Gallinule: Sept. 9-24 and Nov. 24, 2017, through Jan. 16, 2018. Be sure to check the Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide for federal guidelines.
- Special teal season: Sept. 9-24. Be sure to check the Alabama Waterfowl Hunting Guide for federal guidelines.
See a lot more on Alabama hunting in the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Hunting News for September.
The Bergara Experience
ALBBAA joined the Barbour Creek Shooting Academy to play host to representatives from BPi Outdoors to show off new Bergara rifles at the Bergara Experience. The B14 and Premier series of rifles were on display and more than 70 shooters were suitably impressed with their performance as they tested their skills at the long-range facility.
“It was a great day for shooting sports and we were more than happy to join with Barbour Creek Shooting Academy in welcoming the Bergara Experience to the Black Belt,” said ALBBAA Project Director Pam Swanner. “With its more than 1,000-yard targets, Barbour Creek was the perfect place to show how impressive the new rifles are for long-range shooting.
“This was another great opportunity to spotlight how important the Black Belt is for hunting and other outdoor adventures.”
See more on the Bergara Experience.
Fun festivals, great fishing for the fall
If there’s anything that we love in Alabama, it’s a festival! And if there’s another thing we love, it’s fabulous fishing. Fall is the perfect time for both.
Our friends at Great Days Outdoors have a nice report wrapping up fall fishing at lakes all across the state, including Lake Eufaula and Millers Ferry in the Black Belt. Visit the ALBBAA website for other options for public fishing in the region.
When it comes to festivals, Alabama.travel is a great go-to site for finding fun events all over the state. Literature lovers will want to head to Montgomery for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 121st Birthday Celebration on Sept. 24.
Demopolis is celebrating its bicentennial Sept. 15-17 with the Marengo County Historical Society’s Pilgrimage and Gala. Founded by French exiles in 1817, Demopolis has been opening its doors to visitors for the past 200 years, the Society proudly claims. The three-day celebration will include a pilgrimage of historic homes dating back to 1832 where you cans see decades of Southern architecture, art and decoration and explore 1817 French wallpaper with historical scholar Betje Klier. Visit the Demopolis Bicentennial Facebook page for more information.