Bow Season Is Upon Us: September 2019 Newsletter
Bow Season Is Upon Us
The Farmer’s Almanac tells us that it’s going to be just a little warmer than normal this October, so you bow hunters need to remember to hydrate because starting Oct. 15, it’s time to hit the woods. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources splits the Black Belt into two hunting zones, but both start bow season on Oct. 15.
Check the map, if you’re not sure (www.outdooralabama.com/deer-season), but generally the northern portions of several Black Belt counties are in Zone A. Bow season in Zone A is Oct. 15-Feb. 10. In the southern counties – Zone B – the first 10 days of the season (Oct. 15-Oct. 24) are for antlered bucks only. Either sex deer are in season for bow hunters from Oct. 25 until Feb. 10.
There is still time to book a hunt at one of the amazing lodges in the Black Belt and it’s the perfect time to set up a hunt for gun season – and quail and turkey season, too! Visit our page to find a lodge that suits your needs at alabamablackbeltadventures.org/outfitters-lodges.
Dove Season Continues in Black Belt
Bird hunters can find great places for dove hunting for the rest of the 2019-20 season in Alabama’s Black Belt. All of our Black Belt counties except for Barbour County are counted in the North Zone for mourning and white-winged dove season.
The North Zone dove seasons are Sept. 7-Oct. 27, with all-day shooting allowed beginning one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. From Nov. 23 until Dec. 1, hunting is all day beginning one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. From Dec. 14 until Jan. 12, all day hunting is allowed from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.
In Barbour County (and the rest of the South Zone), the schedule is all day through Nov. 3, from one-half hour before sunrise through sunset. The second leg of the season is from Nov. 23 through Dec. 1, again one-half hour before sunrise through sunset. The final segment for dove hunting is Dec. 14 through Jan. 12, all day from a half hour before sunrise through sunset.
Learn more at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website: www.outdooralabama.com/mourning-and-white-winged-dove-season.
‘Black Belt Bounty’ on Bookshelves Soon
A beautiful coffee table book has been produced in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association. The book, “Black Belt Bounty,” is 228 pages of breathtaking photographs, wildlife artwork and stories on people who make the Black Belt the special place that we all enjoy, plus recipes of some of the tastiest treats that make our mouths water.
“This book was a labor of love,” said Pam Swanner, ALBBAA Director. “The majority of content was contributed by talented and nationally recognized Black Belt and Alabama sporting scribes, photographers and artists. During the entire process we were reminded of how much the Black Belt means to all of us and we can’t wait to share it! It will become a classic that will be cherished and enjoyed by many for generations to come.”
The book’s entertaining stories are centered around the heritage of hunting our forests, sage grass fields and wetlands and fishing our rivers, lakes and streams. You’ll enjoy reading about ancient hunting practices of our first hunters, the Native Americans, to the traditions of mentoring a new generation of hunters and anglers. The importance of conservation practices directed by hunters, anglers, organizations and corporations are noted. A reminder of the fun rituals that have been handed down for decades will bring back memories. Photo essays track the seasonal life’s cycle of deer and turkey and there are endearing tributes to “Mr. Bob,” known simply as “bird.” Our rich history in the field trial world and award-winning dog trainers are appropriately featured and, we’re proud to say, there are many.
Our famed rivers and lakes are enjoyed by both professional and amateur anglers for bass, crappie and catfish. Many Black Belt lure companies have spawned international attention and prominence among anglers. Bass, crappie and catfish reign and have provided many hours of enjoyment and relaxation for the avid angler.
A spotlight shines bright on our many legends in the hunting and fishing world we’re proud to claim as our own, most notably, Ray Scott, founder of B.A.S.S., and Jackie Bushman, founder of Buckmasters. Recipes for wild game, fish, and Southern sides and desserts contributed by James Beard award-winning chefs, hunting lodges, and individuals round out the features of our book.
“Black Belt Bounty” is the perfect holiday gift for those who live here and those whose connection is strong because of family roots or from lifelong memories formed on hunting or fishing adventures in the region. Be on the lookout for more detailed information on how you can order your copies.
Selma Granddad Hauls in Photo Contest Win
Rickie Knight of Selma was the winner in this year’s Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association Best Black Belt Fishing Photo Contest, with a picture snapped on a trip with family to camp and fish at Chilatchee Creek – also in Dallas County. The photo showed Rickie and one of his grandsons, Gauge, and, of course, a nice bass.
Rickie’s win earned him a half-day guided fishing trip at Lake Eufaula with expert fishing guide Tony Adams and a night at beautiful Lakepoint State Park. The prize package is worth $430.
“We are extremely pleased with the response we had to this year’s contest,” said Pam Swanner, ALBBAA Director. “All of our photo contests attract pictures of families involved in the outdoors in the Black Belt, and we take pride in knowing the lessons being both taught and learned in the outdoors will also foster lifelong memories.”
The photo earned the most votes on our Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association website and was one of 32 entered in the contest from 13 of our 23 counties. You can see all the photos from this year’s contest here on our website.
Mentored Hunts Help Sport to Thrive
The Adult Mentored Hunting Program created by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is already a great success as a means to teach people who did not learn how to hunt as youngsters, learning from their parents and grandparents.
The WFF conducts workshops for those who want to learn to hunt and take part in the Adult Mentored Hunting Program, with the next one set for Oct. 26, at the Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area shooting range in Shelby County. The workshops are open to everyone aged 19 an older, regardless of previous hunting experience. To be eligible for a hunt, you must be 19, possess a valid driver’s license and be new to hunting or have limited hunting experience. The three-day mentored hunts are currently available for deer, turkey, squirrel and rabbit. To register for the mandatory workshops, click here. Registration is $20.
Workshops will also be held on Nov. 2 at the Upper Delta Wildlife Management Area in Baldwin County and at Swan Creek WMA in Madison County and on Nov. 9 at the Barbour WMA.
Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Schedule Set
The sporting dog competitions at the M. Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area for the 2019-20 season are underway, with events for foxhounds, retrievers, pointing dogs and German dogs. The events are open to the public.
The tracts that make up the field trial area are situated between drainages of Big German Creek near Greensboro in Hale County. (The address is 1132 County Road 73, Greensboro.) The field trial area, part of Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust, encompasses 3,342 acres of Black Belt prairie habitat that includes a mix of prairie grassland and pine-hardwood forest, according to the Forever Wild website.
The next event is Oct. 4-7, a retriever field trial sponsored by the North Alabama Retriever Club. For more information on this event, contact Richard Kaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montgomery Retriever Club will hold a three-day event Oct. 11-13, also a retriever field trial. Contact Mike Crow at email@example.com for more information.
Fall Is Packed With Black Belt Events
If there’s one thing folks in Alabama love, it’s a festival. Music, art, food – you name it, we’ve got a festival for it. October is packed with fun things to do with your family, friends and neighbors. Here are a few:
Oct. 5 – Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest 2019, noon until 6 p.m. The 2nd Annual Tuskaloosa Oktoberfest is presented by PARA and 3o1 Bistro to benefit the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground. It will feature authentic German food and beer, live Oompah band, Dachshund Dash, Stein Hoist, kids’ zone, games, a Bavarian costume contest, chicken dance and more. Visit www.tcpara.org/oktoberfest for more information.
Oct. 5 – 4th Annual Fall Festival, Luverne, beginning at 9 a.m. Hosted by 13 On Fifth Antiques & Collectibles and Funky Bohemian, this festival features arts and crafts by local artists, trendy treasures, live music, food, a car show and much more.
Oct. 9-12 – 30th Annual Moundville Native American Festival, Moundville Archaeological Park (pictured above). Named as one of Alabama’s Top 20 Tourism Events, this festival features performers, artists and craftspeople and tradition-bearers who entertain and educate visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students with children 5 and under admitted free. There is also a prepaid group ticket option. The festival is 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9-11 and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Visit moundville.museums.ua.edu/moundville-native-american-festival for more information.
Oct. 10 – 41st Kathryn Tucker Windham Tale Tellin’ Festival, ArtsRevive Carneal Building, 3 Church Street, Selma, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sean Dietrich, known as Sean of the South, will be on hand as featured storyteller. There will also be food and more fun. Visit artsrevive.com/news-events/tale-tellin for more information and to purchase tickets.
Oct. 11-12 – 16th Annual Butler Fest, downtown Butler. This free event features food – barbecue events, of course, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Network and the Alabama Barbecue Association – vendors, area bands for street dances, 5K and 2K runs, craft vendors, a dessert contest and more. Butler Fest runs from 11 a.m. until midnight. Visit butleralabama.org/butler-fest.html for more info.
Oct. 12-13 – 48th Kentuck Festival of the Arts, downtown Northport, 3401 5th Street. More than 270 artists, live music, spoken word, kids activities, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food trucks and local craft brews draw more than 10,000 visitors to town to become immersed in the Southern experience. Open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday 9-4. Tickets: $10 single-day pass, $15 weekend pass, kids 12 and younger get in free. Visit kentuck.org/the-festival for more information.
Oct. 26 – 28th Annual Peanut Butter Festival, Brundidge, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hosted by the We Piddle Around Theater, this free event features handmade arts and crafts, great food, produce, plants, furniture, home décor, jewelry and activities for the kids. Live music and performances continue all day on the main stage. For booth space, vendor applications, recipe contest info or general information, call 334-685-5524 or 334-344-0639.