Black Belt Bounty Book


Traditions, Tales, and Tables

Celebrating the Black Belt’s Hunting and Fishing Heritage

This new literary work of art celebrates the rich traditions of hunting and fishing that are so deeply embedded in the lives of those who are fortunate to call Alabama’s Black Belt home. Its captivating cover will draw you into the pages filled with striking images from some of today’s most gifted wildlife photographers and artists and their visual offerings are perfectly counterbalanced by words from an impressive bevy of skilled, award-winning writers and recipes from some of Alabama’s nationally recognized celebrity chefs.

As an exquisitely produced coffee table book, it’s a treasure no devotee of the natural world, no serious sportsman, and no connoisseur of stunning visual art and stirring words will want to be without. It is a volume that will bring distinction to the shelves and tables of any bibliophile and lover of the Alabama heartland and who enjoys sporting adventures in these bountiful wonders of sedge grass fields and sprawling prairies, our woodlands and waterways.

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About the Book – 3rd Edition

  • Deluxe Hardcover, Alpha Cowhide
  • Four-color photography and artwork
  • 11 x 11
  • 228 pages
  • Third Printing

Entertaining Features

  • First Hunters and Gatherers
  • Traditions and Rites of Passage
  • The Land and Water
  • Conservation Partners and Practices
  • Field Trial History
  • Champion Trainers and Dogs
  • Photographic Essays: Seasons of Whitetail and Wild Turkey Rituals
  • Fishing for Bass, Crappie and Catfish
  • Faces of the Black Belt
  • Sustainable Living
  • Wild Game Recipes from Celebrity Chefs
  • Signature Dishes from Hunting Lodges

Where to Buy

You can purchase the book from one of the retail locations that are listed below or you can buy it online and have it shipped right to you. 

Currently we can only process orders up to 10 books. If you need more than 10, please place 2 separate orders.

Retail Locations

905 Gallery
905 Water Street
Selma, AL

Black Belt Treasures
209 Claiborne Street
Camden, AL

2822 Central Avenue
Homewood, AL

Fph Bakery
108 Conecuh Ave.
Union Springs, AL

Gibson’s Home Center
102 Baskin Street
Union Springs, AL

Goat Hill Museum
S Union Street
Montgomery, AL

The Locker Room
1717 Carter Hill Rd.
Montgomery, AL 36106

Monroe  County Museum
31 N Alabama Avenue
Monroeville, AL

Montgomery Visitors Center
300 Water Street
Montgomery, AL

Orrville Farmer’s Market
14560 AL-22
Orrville, AL

Capitol’s Rosemont Gardens
2210 Rosemont Place
Montgomery,  AL

Superior Pecans
117 E Broad Street
Eufaula, AL

The Mustard Seed
101 Washington Street
Demopolis, AL

Buckelew’s Clothing for Men
1617 Graham St., STE 101
Montgomery, AL 36106


Gloria Aitken

Gloria Aiken is an artist/illustrator who grew up in Lowndesboro, AL. The primary thrust of her work in pen, marker, watercolor and acrylic revolves around women and nature.

Terry Allen

A Georgia-based photographer, Terry Allen is known throughout the U.S. and internationally for his images of fine guns and sporting destinations.

Justin Averette

A senior communications specialist for Alabama Power, Averette is a native of the Black Belt. He worked for newspapers for a number of years and is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys fishing, hiking, camping and photography.

David Bancroft

David Bancroft is Executive Chef/Partner of Acre Restaurant and Bow & Arrow BBQ in Auburn, AL. A self-taught chef, farmer and forager, he showcases ingredients provided by local farmers and fisherman. or

Quincey Banks

Banks, a widely published photographer, has called Barbour County, AL, home his entire life. In addition to his efforts behind the lens, he enjoys hunting, fishing, biking and scuba diving.

Mike Bolton

Mike Bolton is a 40-year veteran of writing about the outdoors in Alabama who has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. The author of several outdoor-related books, Bolton lives in Springville, AL.

Paul T. Brown

Brown, who resides in Brandon, MS, is a widely published, award-winning and nationally acclaimed book author and wildlife photographer with some 48 years’ experience in the outdoors field.

Jim Casada

A former university history professor who has been a full-time freelancer for 25 years, Casada is the author of some three dozen books and more than 5,000 articles. To receive Casada’s free monthly e-newsletter, visit

Direct Communications

The team of Direct Communications has been a partner of Alabama Black Belt Adventures since its founding a decade ago. Direct Communications provides all facets of public relations support for ALBBAA and contributed content to this book.

Tim L. Gothard

A graduate of Auburn University’s Honors Program in Forest Management, Gothard is the Executive Director of the AWF and an honorary member of The Wildlife Society. He was an original member of the ALBBAA board and continues to serve the organization.

Stacy Lyn Harris

Stacy Lyn Harris of Pike Road, AL, is a best-selling cookbook author, blogger, TV personality, public speaker, wife and mother of seven children who regularly appears on cable and broadcast television.

Thomas A. Harris

Thomas Harris is the current board chairman and a founding member of ALBBAA as well as the founding father of the Alabama Quail Trail. A graduate of Auburn University, he has pursued a career in banking and investments.

Chris and Idie Hastings

Chris and Idie Hastings are chefs and co-owners of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, AL, an award-winning restaurant noted for serving some of the region’s most refined dishes.

Steve Hickoff

Hickoff is editorial director and turkey hunting editor for A longtime freelance writer, he is the author of a number of outdoor-related books.

Logan Hinners

Logan Hinners grew up in Spring Valley, MN, where, thanks to his parents, life in the outdoors was always part of his existence. He has been the Graphic Design Manager for Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever for the past six years.

Claude Jenkins

Claude is a certified wildlife biologist with the AWF. A graduate of Jones College (Forestry) and Mississippi State University (wildlife and fisheries), he works extensively with landowners in the Black Belt physiographic region to restore prairies.

Ron Jolly

Ron Jolly has been a professional in outdoor video production since 1987. He is also an award-winning outdoor magazine writer whose first book, Memories of Spring, is due out later this year. Jolly lives with his wife, Tes, on their farm near Tuskegee, AL.

Tes Randle Jolly

Tes Randle Jolly is an award-winning freelance outdoor photographer and writer whose work focuses primarily on whitetails, wild turkeys, hunting and wildlife and timber management. Her work appears online and in a variety of regional and national magazines.

Pam Swanner

Pam Swanner has over 30 years of leadership experience in the tourism industry in Alabama and elsewhere in the Southeast. Almost a decade ago she became Director of ALBBAA. (

John Thames

Thames is publisher of Covey Rise magazine and has recently launched a new publication, Bourbon+, dedicated to providing intriguing and authentic content on people, stories and the science behind the bottle. and

Sue Key

Sue Key is an Alabama artist whose work is represented in galleries and private and corporate collections throughout the United States. Primarily self-taught, her thoughts and canvases are filled with wildlife, dogs, sporting art and landscapes.

Jennifer Stewart Kornegay

Jennifer Kornegay is a widely published freelance writer and editor living in Montgomery, AL. She is also Managing Editor for The Birmingham Business Journal and Joy to Life, a quarterly healthy lifestyle magazine.

James “Big Daddy” Lawler

A universally loved and respected figure in the Black Belt, “Big Daddy” not only contributed to this book; he is one of the legendary individuals profiled in these pages. For more on the man and his career, see the coverage of him in Section IV of the book.

Chris Mathan

An award-winning designer and member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Mathan is an avid upland bird hunter who has long been interested in field trials. She founded and serves as co-editor of the online field trial publication, “Strideaway.”

John N. McCall

John N. McCall is the dean of the University of West Alabama’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who holds a Ph. D. in zoology from Louisiana State University and has a special interest in biological and environmental sciences.

Steven Meredith

Steven Meredith is an archaeological consultant with Cedars Consulting, LLC in Sumter County, AL. He studied at Auburn and the University of Alabama and has recorded over 800 archaeological sites in Alabama. He is Alabama data coordinator for the Paleoindian Database of the Americas.

Scott Peacock

Chef Scott Peacock was born in Hartford, AL and, after decades of a successful culinary endeavor which included a James Beard Award as “Best Chef Southeast,” in 2008 he came to the Black Belt and not long afterward made it his home. He is a devoted Southern food preservationist and continues his quest for “the perfect biscuit.”

Karren Pell

A modern troubadour and singer-songwriter who has been published and recorded internationally, Karren Pell’s musical compositions range widely to include commercial songs, theatrical works and historical ballads featured in the CD and a book of the same title, Alabama Troubadour.

John E. Phillips

Award-winning writer and photographer John Phillips of Hoover, AL, has written thousands of articles for regional and national magazines and is the author of a number of books.

Corky Pugh

Corky Pugh is Executive Director of the non-profit Hunting Heritage Foundation, which he established following his retirement as Director of the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. He is the author of a well-received book, Family and Friends.

Midge Putnam

The Executive Director of the Tourism Council of Bullock County, Midge Putnam is an honors graduate from Troy University in public relations and journalism.

David Rainer

David Rainer has chronicled Alabama outdoor adventures for more than a quarter of a century and currently writes a weekly column for Outdoor Alabama (, the official website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Kevin Rhoades

Kevin Rhoades specializes in producing quality print books and e-books and provided the layout and design work for this volume. He is author of Stalker of the Wild — Days in the Life of Wildlife Filmmaker Bob Landis.

Jeff Samsel

A content specialist for PRADCO Fishing, Jeff Samsel tells stories about fish, fishing, fishermen and fishing destinations through words, images and video. He has authored two books, contributed chapters to several others and written thousands of magazine, newspaper and web articles.

Mark Sasser

Retired wildlife biologist Mark Sasser has been involved with bird dogs and field trials for over 40 years. Sasser remains an avid quail hunter and annually, with his bird dogs, ventures afield from Georgia to Texas.

Todd Sauers

A native of the St. Croix Valley area near St. Paul, MN, Sauers became an avid photographer while in college. Today he works as Publications Design Director at Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever, where he combines his background in photography with his graphic design education in helping produce three quarterly magazines.

Jacob “Jake” Schiller

A native of Prescott, WI, Schiller developed his passion for the outdoors at a young age while hunting deer and turkeys in bluff country near his home. He is now the lead video production specialist with Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever.

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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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