Big Buck Photo Contest Offering Biggest Prize Ever

Deer Season in Full Swing in Alabama’s Black Belt and Big Buck Photo Contest Offering its Biggest Prize Ever

Grand Prize Winner to Receive Hog-Hunting Trip for Two

November 28, 2014, MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Thanksgiving is behind us. College football season is winding down. That could mean only thing: Deer hunting season is in full swing in Alabama.

And, of course, there’s no better place anywhere to take down a trophy buck than Alabama’s Black Belt. Just ask Erica Gates of Pickensville, whose first bow kill was a 180-pound, 12-point buck that will likely get her listed in the record book. Where did she nail her buck? Pickens County. In Alabama’s Black Belt.

Erica Gates / Courtesy of AL.com

Erica Gates / Courtesy of AL.com

Whether they downed their trophy bucks with a bow or gun, hunters in the Black Belt have an opportunity to earn the admiration of fellow deer hunters and earn a great award. The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is offering the biggest prize ever – worth $600 – in its annual Big Buck Photo Contest.

The grand prize is a Hog Wild Blowout – a hog-hunting trip for two at Great Southern Outdoors Wildlife Plantation, courtesy of Black Belt Land Realty, in the heart of the Black Belt, valued at $500, plus a $100 gift card to Bass Pro Shops.

Called a “hunter’s paradise” by Buckmasters founder Jackie Bushman, Alabama’s Black Belt gets its name from its dark, rich soil, which produces vegetation that makes for ideal habitat for wild game, especially deer. The region is home to more than 50 hunting and fishing lodges.

The Big Buck Photo Contest is open to any hunter who bags his or her trophy deer in any of the 23 counties (stretching across the state’s midsection) that comprise the Black Belt. Those 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.

Awards will be given in three age categories: 13 and under, 14-17, and 18 and up. Each category winner will receive a $100 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. And, of course, the grand prize winner will also receive the hog-hunting trip for two at Great Southern Outdoors.

Deer season, which normally ends Jan. 31, has been extended to Feb. 10, 2015, in many counties in the southern part of Alabama. Entries in the Big Buck Photo Contest will be accepted through Feb. 23, 2015.

Entrants should include their name and the county in which the deer was taken. Entries must be from the current hunting season. Photos will be posted on the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association’s Facebook page, and the number of “likes” they receive will determine the winners.

To enter, email your photo to: amandaingram@alabamablackbeltadventures.com. You can also text them to 334-300-6616.

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.

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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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