Big Buck Photo Contest Underway – November Newsletter

Big Buck Photo Contest Underway

The 2018-19 Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Buck Photo Contest is now underway. From now until Valentine’s Day 2019, you can enter a photo of any deer taken in Alabama’s Black Belt region for a chance to win a cool Wildgame Innovations WiFi Action Camera, valued at $169.

The camera provides a wide 170-degree angle of view and has an auto rotation feature that corrects the image if the camera is mounted on its side or upside down. The camera is waterproof with a depth rating of 30 feet, has a built-in flash and is designed for recording movies while in motion – and will take 5MP still images.

To enter the contest, upload photos of deer taken in one of the 23 Black Belt counties in the state this season at alabamablackbeltadventures.org/bigbuckcontest. The winner will be determined by the number of votes received on the website. You may vote once per day through the deadline, Valentine’s Day 2019.

ALBBAA promotes and encourages ethical hunting and fishing practices. These contests were created to further educate the public on the abundance of natural resources found in Alabama’s Black Belt region.

The Black Belt includes the following 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. 

Here Are Some Great Gifts for Hunters

Christmas is right around the corner. Do you have a hunter on your gift list? After you’ve confirmed they’ve been nice, not naughty, visit our website for some great holiday gift ideas.

For example, what hunter wouldn’t love to snack on some awesome Tucker Pecan Company treats while trekking through the Black Belt woods? The Montgomery company offers candy and flavored pecans, gift baskets and lots more. Among the flavors Tucker offers are honey glazed, barbecue, cinnamon, milk chocolate, praline and white chocolate.

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center in Camden has amazing art objects from lots of artists from the region. John Sheffey’s wild game and bird carvings at the center are spectacular and would thrill any outdoorsperson on Christmas Day. The center also features beautiful paintings of wild game and birds and handmade fishing lures – all created by Black Belt artisans. The center is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visit the center at 209 Claiborne Street, Camden.

If you’re interested in another renowned Black Belt artist, head to Selma and the Tin Man Studio – home of Charlie Lucas, the “Tin Man.” Lucas’ art is acclaimed from the Black Belt to New York to France. Visit his studio at 9 Lauderdale Street.

Visit Eufaula’s Hickory Hollow (712 S. Randolph Ave.) for some locally made beef jerky or pick up your hunting equipment and more at an independent outdoor retailer such as Headz Outdoors in Camden, Walter Craig’s in Montgomery or Safford Trading Company in Dallas County.

Finally, it would be a great gift for that hunter in your life if you picked up a gift certificate for a mount of that prized buck they take this season. Among the great taxidermists in the Black Belt are Will Foster Taxidermy in Montgomery, Capps Taxidermy in Demopolis, Southern Taxidermy (251-275-8505) in Grove Hill and Hammock’s Taxidermy in Notsasulga.

Take Time to Make Your Tree Stand Safe

Probably the most dangerous place to be during hunting season is in a tree stand – if the hunter hasn’t taken proper steps to ensure the stand is in proper working order. Tree stand falls are the No. 1 cause of hunting accidents.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says injuries from tree stand accidents could be minimized or prevented by wearing a full body harness. Alabama regulations now require all hunters utilizing a tree stand on Wildlife Management Areas to wear a full body harness. (This is great advice for every hunter.)

Always use a pull-up rope to pull ­equipment from the ground to your tree stand. Never carry a gun, bow or other equipment while climbing up or down a tree. Always pull guns up to your tree stand unloaded. The use of portable tree stands is highly recommended. Never erect permanent stands without landowner permission.

Shana’s Place a Unique Black Belt Spot

We’ve found a unique stop in the Black Belt that you’ll want to add to your next back roads trip – Shana’s Place in Shorter in Macon County. It’s a super guys’ kind of place, but trust us, the gals will enjoy every minute of shopping there, too. Shana’s Place handles deer processing, but she also sells handmade boudin sausage, tamales (with homemade sauce in pint jars), the BEST bacon jam (that’s good on almost everything) and a variety of specialty bratwursts. Shana’s Facebook page – facebook.com/shanasplace1 – says, “Welcome aboard the best deer processor and our new up-and-coming little butcher shop, novelty market and local mercantile in the South!” And we believe it!

You can also buy fresh eggs, fresh chicken, prime cuts of beef, seasonal vegetables, and so much more when you visit at 1894 County Road 6, Shorter. Call them at 334-439-5080. You can subscribe to Shana’s weekly mailing list, which includes their menu, market and custom processing news updates and more by visiting this link: http://bit.ly/ShanasPlaceList.

Shana’s Place has been in the deer processing business for 15 years and satisfaction is guaranteed. Hours now through Feb. 10, 2019, are 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Shana’s Place is closed on Christmas.

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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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