August 2, 2017 Newsletter

Watch for new ALBBAA videos

Keep your eyes out for new TV commercials from the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association featuring legendary outdoorsmen Ray Scott and Jackie Bushman airing on Raycom Media networks across the nation and online. Thanks to Dr. David Bronner these new spots, promoting outdoor recreation in Alabama’s Black Belt region, will air on 58 stations in 18 states.

Scott, the founder of Bassmasters, and Bushman, founder of Buckmasters, do splendid jobs selling the family aspect of spending time together outdoors in the beautiful Black Belt of Alabama. Both gentlemen are natives of the Black Belt region and have fished and hunted the area since childhood.

Check out a sneak peek above. (And another here.) Plan your family adventure today!

Barbour Creek offers unique experience

Have you been to Barbour Creek Shooting Academy in Eufaula? If not, put it on your wish list. Mark Simpson’s academy is one of the country’s premier firearms training facilities. Their aim is to provide clients with a complete experience during their visit – including the highest level training provided by world-class instructors like their Long-range Master Instructor James Eagleman, a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and sniper who is known worldwide for his long-range hunting classes. Camaraderie and great Southern cooking is what you will get at Barbour Creek. Their motto is “Come as a Client, Leave as a Friend.”

Barbour Creek is the only shooting facility in Alabama that offers a 1,000-yard range and air-conditioned shooting house for the students. The facility features steel reactive targets on the rifle and pistol range and advanced students can shoot out to 1,580 yards on the rifle course. They also provide corporate retreat/team building courses on the beautiful 1,000-acre farm.

The Shooting Academy was designed specifically with the long-range hunter in mind, providing clients the ability and knowledge to ethically take game at distances once unheard of. The pistol courses are geared for everyone, from the first-time shooter to the experienced marksman. NRA-certified instructors include law enforcement officers, former military and competitive shooters.

Barbour Creek Shooting Academy is located at 200 Self Road, Eufaula, and is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 334-845-0000, email or visit

Best Fish Contest deadline is near

A free night at beautiful Lakepoint Resort State Park is up for grabs in our Best Black Belt Fish Photo Contest and the deadline is mere days away! The final day to enter the Facebook contest is Aug. 24.

The rules are simple: Catch a fish – any fish – in one of the 23 Alabama Black Belt counties and email it to us at We will post the photo on our Facebook page and the photo that gets the most “likes” is the winner. Previous winners of any ALBBAA Facebook photo contests from 2015-17 are not eligible.

Lakepoint Resort State Park is a splendid place to spend time, especially for anglers. Located on Lake Eufaula, known as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World,” Lakepoint has a great marina, three restaurants, a swimming pool complex, playground, hiking a nature trails and more!

Again, to be eligible, the fish in photos entered must have been caught in one of Alabama’s Black Belt counties – Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox. Entries MUST be emailed to and NOT uploaded to Facebook.

Become an Outdoors Woman

There is still time to register for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ popular Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. The three-day workshop is set for Oct. 6-8 at the Shelby County 4-H Center in Columbiana.

Designed for women 18 and older, the workshop offers hands-on instruction in activities such as backyard wildlife, rock climbing, camp cooking, map and compass reading, mountain biking, shooting sports (pistol, rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader and gun safety), fishing, hunting, canoeing, nature photography, archery, all-terrain vehicle handling, bird watching, motorboat handling and even more!

The weekend cost is $275 with payment by debit or credit card due upon registration. Meals, lodging, program materials and instruction is covered.

Registration for first-time participants opened Aug. 1 and continues until Aug. 7, when it is open to everyone. Classes fill quickly, so the ADCNR asks that registrants choose four classes for each session and rank them in your order of preference. Choosing four per session will ensure you are enrolled in something of interest to you, although your first choice is not guaranteed.

For more information and class descriptions, visit Call 334-242-3620 or 800-245-2740 for more information or email

State Finals of Wild Game Cook-Off set

The 2017 State Finals of the Wild Game Cook-Off sponsored by the Alabama Wildlife Federation are Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Lanark Pavilion in Millbrook. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $35 per person or $50 per couple. Proceeds benefit the AWF’s programs and projects.

Ticket prices include one AWF membership, a subscription to the Alabama Wildlife magazine and all the food you can eat! Along with the fabulous food, attendees will be able to take part in assorted raffles and a huge silent auction.

There will be 13 teams competing for the state title, all winners of qualifying events held across the state from the Gulf Coast to the Quad Cities to Birmingham to Selma, Clarke County, Covington County to Lake Martin. Ample servings will be available, including entrees such as venison, duck, dove, pheasant and much more.

Call 800-822-WILD (9453) for ticket information.

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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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