Black Belt Quail Hunting in TV Spotlight – January Newsletter
The Flush TV Features Black Belt’s Quail Hunting
The Flush, airing on the Outdoor Channel, spotlighted wingshooting at its best in Alabama. You’ll be inspired to flush a covey while quail are still in season as you watch the show that made us proud! (Check it out atop our video links page here.)
Quail season on public lands runs through Feb. 28 while the season on preserves ends on March 31. Visit our website at alabamablackbeltadventures.org/outfitters-lodges and view the “quail” column to see which outfitters provide this experience. Several styles of the gentleman’s adventure are offered; from the traditional mule drawn wagons, horseback, quail buggies, to walking the sagebrush terrain. We hope to see you soon!
If you have an interest in quail conservation join up with the Alabama Black Belt Chapter of Quail Forever by emailing Justin Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Tombigbee River Chapter by emailing Sydney Broadway at email@example.com.
Deer Season, Contest in Full Swing
The proof is in the pudding: There are some mighty big deer in Alabama’s Black Belt based on the entries we’ve received in this season’s Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Big Buck Photo Contest. Go to AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.org/bigbuckcontest to see the trophy bucks that Black Belt hunters have entered in our contest.
The deadline this year is Valentine’s Day – four days after the end of the deer season – and, in a change from years’ past, we’re running the contest on our website and allowing folks to vote once a day for their favorites. To enter a photo of any deer taken in the 23-county Alabama Black Belt region, visit the link above and upload your photo. We’ll review the entry to make sure we have all the information we need and then post it on the website. The entry with the most votes will win a Wildgame Innovations WiFi Action Camera, valued at $169.
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.
Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Make plans for a fun family weekend rendezvous at Lakepoint State Park in Eufaula for the Fins, Feathers & Flowers event Feb. 15-17 presented by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services/Eufaula Wildlife Refuge.
The agenda is packed full of guided field trips (even a night excursion to view nocturnal wildlife species), a boat tour, educational sessions and much more. Be sure to bring your hiking boots!
You’ll want to carve out some time to visit downtown Eufaula for unique shopping and a tour of Shorter Mansion nestled among several blocks of majestic, historic homes located along the scenic route into town. Be sure to have your picture taken with Manny, a giant 12-foot tall fish statue dedicated to celebrate Eufaula as the “Bass Capital of the World.”
The Outdoor Table
Super Bowl LIII – that’s 53 if you happen to be a little behind in your Roman numeral studies – is just around the corner. Hopefully, you’ve taken a big Black Belt buck this season and you can enjoy this tasty recipe for venison sliders during the big game.
We looked no further than the Black Belt’s very on Stacy Lyn Harris’ cookbook, Tracking the Outdoors In, to make your party planning easy. This is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
2 lbs. ground venison mixed with 10% beef (optional, it adds a bit of fat)
1 onion, minced
5 Tbl. good olive oil
2 Tbl. Dijon mustard
1 Tbl. garlic, minced (3 cloves)
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. pepper
6 oz. your favorite cheese
2 long French baguettes (or use slider buns which are now available)
4 red tomatoes, sliced
Baby Arugula or lettuce green of choice
Ketchup, for serving
- Prepare a grill or griddle to medium high heat.
- In a bowl, mix venison with ground beef (if using)
- Add minced onion, garlic, oil, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper into the ground meat. Mix gently. Divide mixture in half and then divide each half into 12 patties.
- Place burgers on grill and cook 6 minutes per side without moving them too often. Place cheese on the burger and close lid if cooking on a grill or cover with a bowl if on the griddle to melt the cheese. Remove burgers to a larger platter and let rest.
- If using the baguettes, cut into 24 one-inch slices and toast on grill. If using buns, separate and toast on grill.
- Assemble burgers with a slice of tomato and top with chosen lettuce greens. Serve with the mayo and ketchup.
Stacy Lyn Harris is a best-selling cookbook author, blogger, TV chef and gardener, speaker, wife and mother of seven children. You can find her Harvest Cookbook on Amazon at this link. For more recipes, visit stacylynharris.com.
Gobbler Season Is Coming Soon
While we’re still looking for those big bucks in the Black Belt, don’t forget to plan your trip to the Black Belt for turkey season. This year, the spring season is March 16 through April 30. The bag limit for the elusive gobbler is one a day, total of five combined fall and spring seasons.
Take note, the spring season will be delayed (March 23-April 30) for research purposes on these Wildlife Management Areas: Barbour, J.D. Martin-Skyline, Hollins, Oakmulgee, Lowndes, Choccolocco and Perdido River.
Lots of Alabama Black Belt lodges and outfitters offer packages for turkey hunters. Visit our website at alabamablackbeltadventures.org/outfitters-lodges to find them. Give them a call now to make sure you can book your perfect hunt.
Study Shows Eufaula Anglers Have Big Impact
A recent Auburn University economic impact study showed that anglers in the Black Belt’s famed fishing hotspot, Lake Eufaula, are spending big bucks as they pursue their hobby in the area. According to work done by Drs. Terrill R. Hanson and Steven M. Sammons with assistance from graduate student Jeremy Plauger, anglers spent $14.6 million to fish Lake Eufaula in 2017. The study showed that more than $10 million of that was from bass anglers.
Small communities, such as those in Barbour County, are the beneficiaries of this investment in the economy. Sammons said one of the most important findings in the study “is the inordinate value of these reservoirs to the local economies. Barbour County, the main county that borders Lake Eufaula and where the town of Eufaula lies, is not a prosperous place by any means.
“The latest population data puts it at about 25,000 people with a per-capita income of around $13,000. That helps put the estimated $14.6 million in expenditures in context. Now, imagine Barbour County without that reservoir there, and imagine where it would be.”
Read a Bassmaster article on the study at this link.